the stuff of life


My mother is in a nursing facility for a time, a brief time we hope, to recover from a recent bout of pneumonia that knocked her off her feet pretty completely. They asked that we bring her some clothes, and I wanted to take her some “homey” things so I grabbed a quilt from one of the bedrooms at her house while I was getting the other things she needs.

So, tonight I put her name on some fabric tape with a Sharpee, and proceeded to start sewing it into her shirts and pants and pajamas. I found a corner on the quilt and turned it over to put a piece on that too, and found, written in mom’s handwriting, her mother’s name – Bernelle Whillock. The quilt was obviously one mom bought for grandma when she was staying at the same nursing facility. Grandma was there until last fall, when mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My aunt came up to get grandma and took her to a place near her in College Station, Texas.

I couldn’t bring myself to put mom’s name on that quilt. I’ll find another one.


About Laurie

I have too many hobbies, but have finally learned (sort of) how to focus on one at a time and stifle my desire to add more. ;) I'm a mom, a wife, a writer, an artist, a seamstress, a gardener, a backyard-chicken farmer, a fundraiser, a movie-lover, a book hoarder, a junker, a thrift-store-shopper... I also love to laugh, make people happy, and take road trips. Some of these things make it into blog posts. I'm almost 50 and I'm still able to sleep through the night. I consider that a success.

4 responses »

  1. Hugs to you and your mom! What a sweet story, and I hope the circumstances improve very quickly.

    A warning about nursing facilities… things get stolen all the time, even if the owner’s name is on in big letters. I looked after my aunt in such a facility in Austin, and many of the patients would wander into her room and take things that they thought “belonged” to them. Also, some staff members will take things too, like clothes from the laundry. Needless to say, I did all my aunt’s clothes-washing at home.

    Send my love to your mom (I’m Alix’s mom).

  2. Actually, I should clarify my comment:

    The legacy of daughter taking care of mother, being passed from your mom to you, is sweet. The circumstances are indeed, sad.


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