Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Mother of Us All

 
 
I'm back, was away for a time because my Mum's been ill.  What was diagnosed as flu, morphed into perforated bowel and emergency surgery, late Saturday.  She's still in Intensive Care but should be allowed to move to the surgery recovery floor soon.

When a parent is ill, family dynamics launch into intense versions of themselves.  As in all families, this is good and bad.  Anxieties get out of control.  Everyone scrambles to be helpful in whatever ways he or she is able.

We are a large family, wide-spread across generations and geography.  Mum is a mother of five, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of eleven, plus all the in-laws and ex's. 

She is "The Mother of Us All."  And in crisis, we draw near, holding Mum in love and prayers, journeying with her toward her healing.

The healing may take awhile, so I may not be here as much as usual.  For now, it is more important to draw near and to accompany Mum.

6 comments:

Margie said...

Carol,
Your mum is beautiful.
I will be keeping her in my good thoughts and prayers.

I am on a blogging break as of today so will see you when I return.

Best wishes to your mum for a speedy recovery.

Rambling Woods said...

I hope you Mom makes a good recovery.. I will keep your family in my thoughts... Michelle

Carol Steel said...

Thank you Michele and Margie. I will pass your good wishes along to my mother.

shoreacres said...

You're right - it's so disorienting when a parent is ill. My goodness - our "family" was only my mother, me, an aunt and three cousins when she became ill, but the dynamics were the same. Only the scale was smaller. ;)

I trust all is going well, and that healing is taking place. Best wishes to you all, and prayers for a speedy recovery.

www.nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com said...

Hi Carol. It's not easy having a parent ill. There is a limit to what you can do, but you worry all the time. I'm sure it is what your Mom did when you were ill. Jane

Carol Steel said...

Thanks for encouragements and thoughts shared regarding my Mum. She is very slowly getting stronger and will be staying here with us for some time yet.