The last several months have been stressful on mom and I. What it takes spiritually and emotionally to move from your family home of 64 years is way more stressful than the million and one tasks and coordination nightmares you face.
We would not have gotten through it whole without the kindness of others. It’s the moving company that at the last minute took pity on me and agreed to a noon pick up DAYS before the move. It meant mom could have everything she needed for a comfortable morning routine the day she moved out of her home.
It is the family and friends that helped pack up what mom needed. When I suddenly realized I had not given one bit of thought to packing MY stuff which I had brought with me months ago, a friend came up the day of the move to pack my things and follow the movers to mom’s new assisted living community.
A couple of days before the move I thought, “Tucker, who will take care of Tucker? My wonderful cousin stepped in to stay at the house until everyone was gone and then brought Tucker to my house and stayed with him.
Then their is the kindness of staff at mom’s new assisted living. More about this in a future blog.
There is magic and power in kindness, both in giving and receiving. I was reminded of this recently when reading a post from colleague and friend, Susanne White, the Caregiver Warrior.
In her article, The Magic and Power of Kindness, Susanne reminds us how life changing being kind is and being open to receiving kindness. Thanks Susanne, this read came at the perfect time. The Magic and Power of Kindness.
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