Posted by: Jim E | May 6, 2014

I Took My Mom To Lunch…

I Took My Mom To Lunch…

Mother’s Day is this weekend…I will post this as I did last year, in honor of my Mom…I wrote this years ago…April 2006, it was over a year after Mom died, but I had to “get it down” so I wouldn’t forget it…enjoy and if possible call your Mom…it will make her day…as my Mom did mine, on the day I describe below:

                                           

“Something reminded me this morning about taking my Mom to lunch…who knows how memories are jarred loose in our minds…but this morning this memory randomly arrived…

It has been only a little over a year since Mom passed away…but most of the memories of those days are still fresh…I know they won’t always be, so I decided this one I would write down before it becomes irretrievable…that happens to all of us as time goes by and other experiences take img070over…this lunch happened a few years ago…after Mom’s stroke and after Dad died, but before Mom slipped away from all of us…she was handicapped by some of the remnants of her stroke but still lucid enough to remember things of the past…she still knew everyone, though sometimes she called me “George” (her husband, my Dad)…and though she knew that wasn’t quite right, we both just let it go…it really didn’t matter to me and it was okay with her to let it go…just seemed like too much work for her to change it after it came out…if you don’t know what I mean, you will soon enough…

That day Mom had a doctor’s appointment…and so I picked her up…and off we went…first to her appointment, then to lunch…I really hadn’t planned to go to lunch but Mom was so “with it” that day…we talked and laughed as we drove along…she was so enjoying the ride, she commented how she would just like to keep driving…so I drove passed things that she would remember, pointed out things that were changing…she was so interested…she was always interested in what her boys thought and were interested in…that had not changed…I often wondered if that was real…was she as interested as she seemed???…I never could see anything to make me feel otherwise…and that day it was more than usual…it was a high point in these last years of her life…

I asked her if she wanted something to eat, “My treat”, I said…she laughed and said let’s go somewhere easy…I knew what she meant, she had lots of trouble getting in and out of the car…”Where do you want to go?”, I asked her…she didn’t know…so I made some suggestions…and she picked the one with the golden arches, she wanted some French fries…andPond with willows and cattails 3 of course, a drive-thru…I knew one not far away and we drove slowly to get there, talking along the way…we got our meal and parked behind the McDonald’s…so let me paint the picture…behind us was one of the busiest roads in the north suburbs of Minneapolis…but in front of us was a large swamp (called a wetlands today) and we were parked on some of the fill that had been put there to build the McDonald’s and paved…there were still piles of fill beyond where we parked…it was a warm sunny day…cattails waved far into the distance…birds flew here and there…the small willow trees along the bank moved to the motion of the wind…and here I was with my Mom…just talking, eating…sharing French fries…me watching to see if she needed help…it was perfect…Elmquist family WW II 1944

We talked of things she remembered, of things she wanted to talk about…I told her how much she meant to me…she waved it off as she often did…and talked of times past…her folks, my grandparents…she loved them…and now in her 80′s, she still honored them…they, like the rest of us were not perfect, but to her and to me…that didn’t matter, both of us agreed how wonderful they were…she remembered the days of her youth, before all this…and all that was before her…we laughed and some tears were shed…but overall it was a wonderful time…right there overlooking that beautiful swamp…

It’s a picture I will always remember (now bear with me)…from 50 or 100 feet above…do you see it???…looking down you see a McDonald’s, next to a busy highway…and behind a large swamp…and there behind the McDonald’s…right there in the parking lot…an old white Buick and inside…can you see them???…a son and his Mom, he in his 60′s, her in her 80′s…eating, talking, crying and laughing…but enjoying for one of the very last times, each other…

She was and is in my memory…loved and honored…”

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  1. Reblogged this on wordcosmos.

    • Jasmineobie…reblogging okay with me…good to get out what we write…thanks for the visit…Jim E

  2. wonderful stuff this and your other posts Jim! Many thanks. Sure didn’t know you had this flair!

    —pete

    • Pete…thanks for coming by…I see a commercial for some insurance company…the one when the tree limb falls on his car as he waters the lawn???…you know the one, the neighbor cuts the limb…that guy watering the lawn…reminds me of you…well, just one of his actions…his arm to his chest…in that particular action, facial expression, no anger, some humor, etc…somehow him not looking like you but somehow reminds me of you every time I see the gesture…strange…but true…it’s a good thing by the way…so memories do remain though we all change…like the way I looked at “my kids” the school I worked at…they always stay the same age, I got older…thanks for the comment…remember the Moms in your life this weekend…makes life better when we do…and hoping you haven’t changed and are still like the guy in the ad…then you already know what I am saying…and take care to do that every Mother’s Day…Jim E

  3. Thanks Jim! Love this one most.

    • Harriet…it is also one of my favorites…especially near Mother’s Day…I knew I had to “get it down” or would forget it…and it has “worked” for me, every year, to remind me how special my Mom was…and in fact she still is today…in another generation she will not be remembered by many…but maybe this post will live on to tell others about a wonderful woman who was my Mom…Happy Mother’s Day Harriet, you deserve the best…thanks for the comment…Jim E

  4. Jim ,this is a great story I love it ! Thanks for sharing

    Saun in Ohio

    • Saun…thanks…Mothers are the best…but you know that…makes the world go round…have a great weekend…Jim E


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