“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
~ William Ewart Gladstone
In the middle of all of this editing and birthday excitement we’ve also been dealing with madness of another kind this last little while.
Ben’s elderly mum, a staunchly independent woman in her early nineties, is needing more and more help to stay in her home. Which is where she wants to stay!
The family has rallied around; bringing her food, taking her to doctors’ appointments, paying bills and managing her household, proving company and care. But things are changing quickly. Suddenly I feel like I need to check in on her every day. Will she remember to take her medication? Is she eating? Is she safe? Is she okay emotionally?
It’s a place many families suddenly find themselves in.
And we live far away for most of each month, although we’ve radically modified that recently to be able to keep a better eye on her.
This morning I’m sitting with a cup of tea, thinking about what to do next, and how best to support my mother-in-law. It’s comforting to know that all of her family are thinking about that too, and we’ll find a way, together, to navigate this next stage of her life, but it’s a sad and worrying time.
Meanwhile, my Melbourne Breakfast Tea hasn’t quite fixed everything, but my goodness it helps.
Sending much love to you and your families, Nicole ❤ xoxo