I am joining my friend Josie for Two Shoes Tuesday
She had always been an independent person. She raised her children single handedly, worked two jobs, put them through school, and did all the housework, yard work, cooking and cleaning, never asking for one bit of help. As her children grew, became independent and eventually moved out her heart was heavy, but she knew that she had been a good mother. She looked around her and saw so many other children that had grown up with her children that were now into drugs, or living off of their parents or in jail. Her children had grown up and settled into ‘adult’ life with spouses and children. They came to visit often, sharing their children with her. She wanted for nothing. Her life was full and she was happy.
Her life took a horrible turn when she fell down and broke her hip. No longer could she go to work, or clean her house, or even get out of bed on her own. She did not want to be a burden on her children as they had their own lives to live, so she did not ask for help. But that did not stop them. They did not think that helping was too heavy of a price for the life she had given. They were proud to be able to step in.
As her days drew to a close, her heart was heavy with all of the love that she had given and received. She knew she would no longer be there to help, but her words were never too far from their minds. And in turn, they gave their lives for their families as well.