Mom has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. In my early years she was my protector and guide. In the last 5 1/2 years she has lived with me in my home and I was her protector. In December 2011, however, she moved from my home into Assisted Living. It was a jarring and painful change for both of us.
But life moves on. We both adjusted.
The mother-child relationship can be a fluid one with many twists and turns. Initially the mothering parent (male or female) is the critical link that keeps an infant alive and safe. Later that role expands - helping the developing child, teen and young adult to fit successfully and purposefully into the society they inhabit. Even at end of life, the mother has a role to play - sharing and educating her children to the rewards and struggles at the conclusion of a long life.
These last lessons are sometimes missed or discounted. What can a senior citizen, an elderly mother or father teach you?
But these lessons are there to absorb if you keep your eyes and ears (and your heart) open.