The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mrs. Dunkin #18

This is an ongoing story I've decided to write and put on my blog every Monday.   Please excuse the errors, I'm only doing limited editing.  Constructive criticism welcome.  I wish I had a cute button on the side where the story could go but I don't know how to make a button.  Even if I did I wouldn't know how to link up the story LOL.   So if you miss a chapter, you'll have to look at my sidebar for it.  The first chapter was written on October 23, 2011 so that should at least be some help, ha.


We walked into the lobby and then outside.  We sat on a bench in the sun.   

“Tell me if you get cold, mom, and we can go back inside.”

“It must be in the 60’s out here.  It’s gorgeous.  Pretty soon it will start getting cold.  I can’t believe in it will be Halloween soon.”

“Yeah, this year has been flying by.”

“Will your kids go out this year?”

“No, Josh didn’t go last year and Amy decided she doesn’t want to anymore.  They each have parties to go to though so they will still dress up. I don’t know where the time has gone.”

“I remember thinking the same thing about you and your sister.”

“How have things been going the last couple of days?”

“Pretty good, I’m starting to learn the ins and outs.  I was fortunate to meet Clara.  She’s helping me.  The staff is very nice too.”

“I’m glad.  I was worried if you could get adjusted.  Next weekend, all of us are going to your home and we’re going to figure out what to do with everything.  Let me know if you think of anything you would want from the house yet.”

“Did you work it out with Sue about the car for Josh?” 

“He was so excited when we got home.  Sue agreed to it but she told him if his grades started to slide we would take it away.”

“That was smart thinking.  How’s Amy doing?”

“She’s fine.  She’s a little upset that you are here.  She thinks you should be with us.”

“I’ll talk to her about it the next time I see her.”

“Julie told me you played bingo.  I remember family game nights. We all sat at the dining room table and played bingo and all sorts of games; until I became a teenager and I didn’t want to do it anymore.”

“Yes it was fun.”

“Mom I want to thank you for not giving up on me when I was a teenager.  I know I disappointed you and dad.”

“You weren’t so bad, Jerry.  Sure you tested our limits but we always loved you unconditionally, and knew in the end you would turn out the great son you are” and I gave him a hug.

“I hope we do as good a job as you did.”

“I know you will.  How’s the job going?”

“With the economy the way it is, things have been slow.  We’re holding our own.  Sue is thinking about getting a part-time job.  Now that the kids are older, she doesn’t have much to do.”

“That might be good for her.  Does she have any idea what kind?”

“I don’t think so.”

“If she just wants to do something she can do volunteer work that can be very rewarding too.”

“I think she wants to make extra money.  She wants us to go on a vacation next year and right now we can’t afford it.”

“I could help out.”

“No mom, I don’t want you to do that.  We can handle it.”

Quickly changing the subject I asked “Did you notice I’m wearing the earrings you bought me?”

“It took me a long time to save up for those when I got my first job.”

Jerry’s phone started to ring.  “Hello?”

“I’m still visiting with Mom.  Mom Sue said hello.”

“Tell her hello back.”

“Mom said hello back.  Okay, two bottles of wine and some crackers and cheese.  I’ll see you.  Sue and the kids are on their way home from church.”

“You should probably get going then.”

“Are you trying to get rid of me” he said laughing.

“No but it’s such a beautiful day out.  Enjoy it.”

“We’ll be outside a lot today.  For some reason Sue’s family wanted to have one last barbeque. I thought they were crazy but it looks like the weather cooperated.”

“Okay, go then.”

“I’ll walk you in.”

We walked into the lobby, and then through the two doors.  As we got to the family room, I noticed no one was in there.

“Jerry, I’m going to sit in here for a while” as I gave him a hug and a kiss.

“I’ll probably give you a call next week” he said.

“If I don’t answer, don’t be alarmed like your sister.  Just leave me a message I might be at an activity.”

“Okay” and he left.


1 comment:

Ames said...

Hummm why didn't they take her to the BBQ? Aren't people in nursing homes allowed to go places? Especially with family memebers? I'm not being criticlal of your writing I'm just curious. I figure you would know since your mom is in a home. Until next week Viki!~Ames