Who needs a thousand words when it comes to mom?
There is no denying mom’s talking less and less, but when she says something, you listen and long for every word.
I had just dropped her off at Circle Center Adult Day Care. She was in her wheelchair, eyes closed, when I kissed her cheek and whispered, “Bye, mom, I love you … I’ll see you later, OK?”
Surprisingly she answered, “You’re not going to leave me here are you?”
“No mam. I will never, ever leave you. I have to go to work, but I’ll be back later to get you, OK?”
I gave her one last hug, and as I headed for the door, I heard her say loud and clear, “Good luck to you and your lover. (PAUSE) Ain’t that nice?!”
I looked back and her eyes were still closed, her head was slowly nodding up and down, and I swear she was smiling.
It looked to me like she was totally pleased with herself for, well, being so nice.
I don’t know where it came from, but I still can’t get this picture out of my mind, and I don’t even know what it looks like.