Brian's mother is now living on her own since the passing of Brian's father some three years ago. Shortly after that my mother-in-law put out her hip twice and contracted a nasty virus, all of which caused her to be hospitalized for some time. After she came home the family discussed the possibility of having someone from each family staying one night per week with her, so that she wouldn't be alone in the night times, should she require any help and to be around early morning to assist with some chores. It was agreed upon, although not all family members thought this was a good idea and some even refused to help. The reasoning being that they either didn't have time or they thought it would be too much a a burden. What a wonderful burden to have! We feel blessed to still have my mother-in-law here on earth with us. Our family relish the chance to help out the wonder woman, who bore 11 children, hand washed laundry, cooked, cleaned, milked cows and helped her husband run the family farm!
We have been taking part in this arrangement for approximately two years now. Brian stays one night per week and Amy also stays another night by herself. Although we were a little nervous at first of having Amy stay there by herself, we concluded that it would provide Amy with vital skills and wonderful memories to treasure! Amy loves to stay at grannies and she has learned so many things, one of the most important of which, is how to love and respect our elders, and the showing of such, through the care we can happily give.
Some Of The Tasks Amy Does For Granny:
- Helps to put on her socks and shoes on.
- Assists her to walk around the yard in the morning.
- Weighs and records her weight (to measure fluids).
- Makes her cups of tea.
- Puts her eye drops in (Amy gets totally creeped out by eyeballs too!)
- Helps with foot care.
- Fetches things and puts things away.
Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
~1 Timothy 5:3-4
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
~ Acts 20:35