Never take life or your health for granted.

Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it. – Bonnie Ware-

I would have preferred to write about something funny or whimsical but I can’t this time around.

When something dreadful and unexpected happens in our lives, our priorities drastically change. Mine sure did.

For the past month, I’ve been caring for my grandson since his mom is not at all well. She’s come back from the hospital on Friday. She was diagnosed with MS at age 32.  We didn’t catch it on time, and she is in bad shape. I try to do my best to give her and my son a hand at home. It’s not easy when you have a business to run. I’m not a youngster anymore, and keeping a three-year-old at 58 is not easy. Although my grandson is a darling, he still needs a lot of attention and most of all his parents.

The worst time of the day is bedtime. When my daughter in law was hospitalized, he often asked, “When is mommy coming back?”

With a choked voice, I tried to reassure him that everything was fine and that she would soon be home.

Kids are not dumb. The psychologist suggested we tell him where she was and also to visit her at the hospital, which in my opinion, was not a great idea. He had restless nights after that and would wake up crying in his sleep.

When he first saw her, he just stared at her. He knew something was wrong. She explained that she wasn’t well and that soon she would go back home.

No one prepared me for this. I think no one can be prepared to face such an unexpected and painful situation.

Luckily my son lives downstairs so we can pop in for a visit when he misses mom and dad then he comes back upstairs for lunch, play, dinner and to go to bed. In case you’re wondering, yes, she can hardly walk and is in great pain. My son stays by her side.

I’m getting back in the routine of being a mom. I pray that my daughter in law reacts well to the medications and that she regains her eyesight from one eye, among other things. They’re getting married in September. So, if God exists, please give my daughter in law a helping hand so we can see her walk up the aisle.

This said, live, love, and laugh. Life is short, cherish it and your loved ones.

PS- my website is still under construction. The media doesn’t show up.

Author: eleanorannpeterson

As a child, I spent my summer holidays by the swamp catching tadpoles and other creepy critters or running after wild animals. I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. But destiny turned my life around - I moved to Italy, where I obtained my BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management. When not working in our family-run business, I write, read, play with clay, doodle, and go on scavenger hunts in the woods, followed by my six cats.

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