Storytime: Traveling with my mother

Robert Roffulo

My parents were travelers, particularly later in life. They spent summers at the lake, and winters on cruise ships or bus trips. Now, my father is gone and my mother, Bette, lives in her own home 15 minutes from me. Mom is a sharp, classy 90-year-old lady whose ongoing challenge is […]

My parents were travelers, particularly later in life.

They spent summers at the lake, and winters on cruise ships or bus trips. Now, my father is gone and my mother, Bette, lives in her own home 15 minutes from me. Mom is a sharp, classy 90-year-old lady whose ongoing challenge is getting from here to there with a flowered cane or, lately, a walker, complete with hand brakes.

“I don’t need this! I am perfectly capable of doing things on my own.” Says my mother who is ever the optimist.

I have two younger brothers and three older sisters, and getting us all together at the same time is almost miraculous.

“Everyone is so busy living their lives that before you know it, there is no life left for anything else,” said my wise mother.

That was it.

Immediately, my siblings and I made plans for the next year — and every year since; plans to travel with our mother. We pick a restful rental house that will hold us all, and hit the road; Mom with her cane and collapsible walker tucked in the back.

https://www.columbiatribune.com/story/lifestyle/2022/05/28/storytime-traveling-my-mother/9890969002/

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