Happy Birthday to my Mom today! I looked back at blog posts from years ago on Mom's birthday to see what I posted about back then. I didn't want to repeat the "same old, same old"...oops, Mom I'm not saying you are old! I feel so blessed to have my Mom with us and to have her in good health. I hesitate to write that because last year on her birthday I wrote about her amazing hands in my life, only to have her take a fall while cleaning her deck and break both wrists! So let's just say all's well today and it was great to call and tell her how much we love her and hope her day is special. I asked her the question she always asks me on my birthday: "Do you feel any older today?" Now, when you're young it's a question you laugh at and say "no"! She usually says "no" also...except today she said "Yes, I do today". My usually cheerful and upbeat Mommo had to make a hard decision today. In Illinois where she lives
you have to take your driving test every 2 years after a certain age. After her fall last year she hasn't driven at all. Her grip on the wheel would not be very good and her eyesight has not been great in her one eye after a corneal transplant a few years ago. She decided that it would not be safe to continue to drive. In the Chicago area, I have to agree....in any area it would not be safe. We have many accidents out here where older citizens continue to drive past the safe time to do so. I applaud her decision but I also understand her feeling of the loss of independence. She told me how she remembers the first time she got her driver's license. It was after Dad had built our house and they moved from Chicago downtown to the wilderness of the suburbs. That was over 60yrs ago and it wasn't the huge bustling area it is now! Mom still lives in the same house Dad built.