The last two days, mom has had difficulty walking. Since she can’t really reason, she attributes her current ailment to sleeping funny – right after she wakes up or the cold – right after she’s been outside or walking too much – after her daily jaunt. I had a couple of gentle talks with her to remind her that she has old bones. Her poor bones have carried her 84 years and they must be tired.
She actually listened quite intently and I let the thoughts sink in. Then, I reminded her that her eyes, ears, heart, and the rest of her body has served her very faithfully over the last 84 years. I have to admit that she mumbled and grumbled as she hobbled away, but I truly think she got the gist! Actually, I too got the message. My “old” bones have served me more than half a century and I must honor the service with rest and respect.
As one of the advocates for mom’s old bones, I am charged with making sure they get rest and respect. It is a delicate balance of movement interspersed with times of leisure and rest. Our old bones are not going to be as strong as they were when we were in our 20’s especially since we did not engage in regular exercise or good eating habits.
I got some mail the other day reminding me that I need a bone density scan. As a cancer survivor, I am on medication that affects my bones. I am developing a deep respect for the structure that holds me up and allows for mobility and movement.
I love the saying, “if the walls could speak”. I think it is the same with old bones (to include the rest of the body) – if her old bones could speak, what a story they would tell. As I watch mom every day, though I am focused on what is happening to her currently, I have to remember there is history in front of me – in those old bones.
Note: It has been a harrowing few days as we have family in Florida. The electricity had gone out during the storm and finally flickered back on late yesterday. It is hard to be so far away even though we would not be of much help, we might be of a little comfort especially to the children. Though the Bible says not to worry, it is hard not to dwell on thoughts that would be classified as worrying. Our thoughts and prayers are for those affected by the hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other disasters around the world.