It was time. My mother, a fiercely independent woman, was living about 600 miles too far away from help that she would never admit she needed. It gradually became painfully obvious she needed to be closer to relatives, but the move was difficult to accomplish. Her reaction to her changed circumstances was even more difficult, hard as that is to imagine. She felt like life was out of her control, and was saddened by not being able to do the things she used to enjoy. To put it mildly, she wasn’t feeling very thankful. It made me think about things everyone can be thankful for, pretty much regardless of their circumstances, and I put together this Thanksgiving countdown. I’m not sure how helpful this was, but I’m very thankful she has pretty well adjusted to her new living space now.
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