Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Chicago So Far

Overall it has been a nice visit with Mom. I'm pretty much just chilling out with no real plans. I try to go for a 2-mile walk every day. A couple of times I did some trainspotting along the BNSF "Racetrack" but yesterday I was a little bit late so I walked through the old neighborhood a.k.a. the barrio. It was a really nice evening and everyone was out walking their dogs or their kids or just getting home from work. I don't remember the area being that filled with people when I was a kid. It was fun to walk past all of the old storefronts and remember what businesses were there 20-30 years ago. Some places I found myself saying, "What a shithole!" and then remembering that it was a shithole even back when I was a kid. *lol*

Mom is doing alright. Like I mentioned in my last post, she has been filling me with family "secrets" every time we talk. She confided in me that she was a very private person and kept a lot to herself. She would probably have a heart attack if she knew all of the crap I have posted about myself here over the past 10 years. I'm not sure if she feels that the end is not too far away so that there is no reason to keep things bottled up any more. I'm not sure why it has taken 40+ years to tell me things about her past. There's nothing earth-shattering, but it certainly has opened windows into who she is and was. I'm sorry to hear that she has a lot of regrets about how she has lived her life in terms of missed opportunities. I tried to convince her that she did a darn good job raising 2 kids and that was no small feat. I was extremely happy to hear that the trip to Alaska last year was truly a highlight in her life. Yes! Mission accomplished! I will pat myself on the back for that one.

In terms of her health, I took her to a naprapath yesterday. A what?!? Basically it's like a chiropractor but adjustments are made to the muscles and not the bones. Think of it as deep-tissue massage. It's a bit touchy-feely for my tastes, but if it helps her pain, I'm all for it. It must have some benefit since her own doctors recommended it. *shrugs* I'm just hoping it has its benefits.

So that's it so far. I'm feeling a bit bummed about not being at home. I'm getting a small taste of caring for an elderly parent. Yes, those commercials you see about the mental struggle children have in dealing with these issues are true.

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