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Ms. Millie, the sassy so called senior that some call a motivational force, cordially invites you to join her quest to stay youthful and feel better, inside & out.

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Mar '13

Reversal of Roles

Many years ago when I worked full-time and was a single Mom of three sons I hustled and bustled while cooking cleaning shopping and keeping my boys busy with baseball, track-football whichever they preferred.   It seemed to keep them healthy and motivated and never overweight and between their homework and practice there wasn’t too much time left over to get into trouble.  I recall an older co-worker telling me that someday Ms Millie you are not going to be able to keep up with this pace.  I chuckled as I thought there is no way why I can’t go on forever racing around and getting it all done.  Well someone put the brakes on and Ms Millie realized she was no longer a young woman who could fly hoops and make pies and be a good sport all at the same time.  “Someone must have clipped my wings I thought but wouldn’t admit it to others, after all, I didn’t want confirmation of this fact nor did I want to hear (take a look in the mirror).  Somehow I knew I going to like the reflection staring back at me.”

The past two weeks have been busy with an awesome visit from my son and his wonderful wife and three of the cutest grandchildren.  I had dreamed of a million ways I was going to entertain them (even dressing up in my clown attire) to making pancakes for all.  But a slight bout with maybe the flu bug knocked me for a loop and I was down at the count and my recliner and oxygen were my companions………..I had no appetite and not much of a happy disposition but my heart was happy  just watching my babies play and interact so nicely with each other.  Maria found whatever she needed to prepare meals and take care of everyone’s needs and never griped or complained.  My son helped with all the little things I had needed to be done.  I marveled at the two of them and then realized that the reflection in the mirror  wasn’t so bad.  I just looked like Maria only a few yesterday’s ago. It is a blessing to have come this far in life and have the love and the respect and the support of the dear children you have raised.  I truly love my life as a grandmother and feel awesome that I can also wear the title great-grandmother.  All in all the reversal in roles is pretty swift.

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