She is 87 years young

I am not given to share personal stuff, but I have to “blame” her for keeping me occupied these last couple of days. Here’s mom. She is starting to show the results of a long and hard lived life and I am basically 24/7 at-home-caretaker. It is my duty.

I checked online and these are some things that were going on the year she was born in a little village in N.E. Spain.

-The Graf Zeppelin was flying.
-The first Purple Heart is awarded.
-The kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s son
-The Bonus Army
-The Nazis come to power in Germany via elections.
-The Soviet Famine begins.
-Babe Ruth called his shot.
-The Dust Bowl begins

Four years later, she got to endure the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath. She had to leave homes first in Spain, then Cuba and lastly Venezuela, but at least she is living her last years in peace in the United States.

6 Replies to “She is 87 years young”

  1. I am blessed with an 86 years young Confederate Mom. Her health is generally good but when that changes my wife and I plan to do our best for her, just like you.

  2. My Mother is a similar age, but suffering from early stage Alzheimers. It is slowly stealing her mind. She still wants to be independent, but…

    We were able to find an Assisted Living facility we can afford and this allows her to feel she is still living independent from us. The relief from knowing she is being observed and interacting with the staff several times a day is amazing. Personally Visiting her living alone three times a week was not an adequate substitute for the staff interaction.

  3. Miguel,

    Perhaps you should start putting together all of your Mother’s memories in writing. My dad was only 74 when he passed, and he had only just begun to tell me about the “hard times” of the depression and his experiences as a teenager dodging enemy weapons. Two of the ships he served on during WW2 were sunk by the enemy. Thankfully, he survived.

    Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here.

    So, I know a smattering of what he went through in his life, but not enough to write a biography.

    But, you are a good writer — maybe a biography of your mother would be a good thing to write. I would surely be an inspiration to others. And you could publish in two languages!

    Just turn on your digital voice recorder, and get her talking about the old days!

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