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Helping to care for my 90 year old mother, I relate to his stories of Tom caring for his mom. I was going to link to the story of his sister haunting the house, but I could not find it. It is somewhere in his blog and worthy of your read. The story of his mother and Mr. Booger head is hysterical. I particularly relate to the story of his sister’s ghost, for I have had some experience with my own ghost.
My brother was six years older than I am. I understand mom would have to tell him to stop giving in to me, when I was little, because I would get spoiled. But, what I remember is playing by the door when it was time for David to come home from school. Through the years, David would give me advice on boys and chase away the ones who liked me but I did not return their feelings. He was my protector and friend. He made eclairs for us to share and he taught me how to wrap Christmas presents, play backgammon, chess and cribbage, and, when he went into the Air Force, he read my teen angst written letters. He died in 1990 of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
My dad became ill around 1998, although I’m sure Hemochromatosis was destroying his body for some time before we found out what was wrong. This disease is a build-up of iron in the body. Normally your body excreets it. Dad’s did not. It destroys your organs and causes a build up of ammonia in your brain. Dad was getting to the point where he was difficult to deal with. Husband and I went to visit them, in Arkansas, to discuss having them move to Wyoming. Dad was opposed to the move but husband had the idea of giving them the upstairs and we would move into the finished walk-out basement.
As we sat around their dining room table discussing the move I looked out the patio door. It was dark outside and our figures reflected in the glass. I was startled at the resemblance of my dad to my brother. I had never noticed it before, but there he was, my brother, looking back at me in the glass. I slowly turned to look at dad, and to verify that there was a resemblance. There was not. In his 70s, he did not look a thing like his son had. I swung back to the glass, and the reflection had gone. I could barely even see the reflection of my father.
I have always thought that my brother was letting me know that he was waiting for dad to join him. My dad died three months after he moved in with us in Wyoming.