1. To my followers … you have noticed I have not blogged in a while.
Well, I am back in the saddle again, but there have been lots of changes since my last blog that have kept me going everywhere but to my blog.
Mom is doing well!
She has a new “Band of Angels”, full time caregivers, staying at home with her in shifts, and one of them is living there, so I don’t have to leave my home or wife to be with mom at night. The idea of consistently sleeping in our bed at home is like a dream come true.
The “Band of Angels” make sure Mom gets to and from Circle Center Adult Day Care Monday through Saturday … they feed her, dress her, undress her, and spoil her (and me) like you wouldn’t believe. This “Band of Angels” is up for any challenge and are truly a divine blessing for all concerned. And, shout hallelujah, they get her where she needs to go in their very own chariots of fire, too.
They aren’t Charlie’s Angels … they are Tom’s Angels! They are Melissa’s Angels. They are Mom’s Angels.
Fact is, no matter what you call them, they come when you call … they are simply angels.
Oh, and a dog comes with ’em … they call him Jovi. Mom calls him Woof Woof.
More about Woof Woof (who loves to nip at me and only me} later … if he last that long. Look for the headline, Man Bites Dog, and you’ll know I have had my revenge.
I’ll keep you posted on all the changes going on, but what I know for certain is mom’s still her incredible, joyful self (as you will see in the video that prompted my/our reappearance). That’s what it’s all about, and we are all so grateful.
2. I made mom’s image in this blog look bigger than life on purpose. She is the star of this video and deserves as big a screen as I can give her.
3. To set the stage, I took this video in one take in mom’s backyard a week or so ago.
I know, I know … why didn’t I take it horizontally?
Because I am stupid. I never remember until it’s too late, and in this case, I was not going to mess with this classic video one little bit … so vertical it is.
You can’t get more spontaneous than this … because, with camera rolling … I impulsively asked mom if she knew what Ooga Booga was and the rest is history in the making! You see, there is no Ooga Booga Boogie … no Ooga Booga song of any kind … that is, until now.
There is a Camp Ooga Booga. I should know, because Melissa and I created it. We made it up a long time ago for one selfish reason … it was a reason for Melissa’s and my six grand-kiddos to come and spend an entire week with us each and every summer, without their parents.
Don’t get me wrong, we love their parents (two of them happen to be my daughters), but to have the kiddos to ourselves was the whole idea!
The fact is Camp Ooga Booga has two one week sessions every summer. One session for the three boys. One session for the three girls. And, for the Official Ooga Booga Counselors, Melissa and Tom, two jam packed weeks of summer fun, laughs, adventures, surprises and love … each and every summer.
Camp Ooga Booga is a memory making machine and the memories stacked on top of each other are taller than the sky!
Camp Ooga Booga has morphed into a wonderful, look-forward-to, wouldn’t-miss-it-for-the-world, summer extravaganza for all involved. We have Ooga Booga t-shirts, Ooga Booga cheers and chants, Ooga Booga picture books … all sorts of Ooga Booga icons and stuff, but no Official Ooga Booga song … that is until now.
To kick start the video, I ask mom if she knows what my favorite camp is? I tell her it’s Ooga Booga. She has absolutely no clue what that is, but like a champ, she takes it from there. She is making everything up while I am trying not to make my camera shake from all the laughter that’s taking place inside my entire being. It’s taking all I’ve got, and then some, to keep from laughing out loud and spoiling this impromptu performance of a lifetime.
So, without further ado, how about a big round of applause for this 94 year old little stick of dynamite’s latest, sure-to-be-a-hit, song … ladies and gentlemen … the Ooga Booga Boogie!
PS – Getting up, standing on your chair and wildly flailing your arms to the beat is perfectly acceptable! Do you thing! Do the Ooga Booga Boogie!
Added Bonus https://my91yearoldmom.com/2011/07/08/lessons-from-camp-ooga-booga/
Fun, creative son…..a chip off the old block. Glad that there is still lots of excitement at Cheswick! Keep that nutty bow-wow away from the grand children, please.
The grandchildren can fin for themselves, Billy Boy.
I am only looking out for my three favorites … me, myself and I.
Woof Woof bites hurt, man, they hurt real bad.
Tom, love your blog, love your mom and yes, her angels are awesome! Thanks for the Camp Ooga Booga idea – I will have campers myself in a few years. Oh yeah, first come love – then comes marriage – then…. we haven’t had our first engagement yet, but The Camp in now on the books. When does your Camp Ooga Booga activity book go into print? Don’t stop blogging your mom and you are inspirational!