Primary Caregiver – I Don’t Think So!
For over 20 years, my mother did not leave her home. I know that sounds hard to believe, but it’s true. She had environmental allergies, and scents of any kind would send her fighting to stay alive. In order to survive, she had to limit her contact with others, and the only way to do that was to stay home and control her environment. Fortunately, my dad was still alive then and did the grocery shopping and errand-running, as well as anything else she needed. I’m sure that he’s wearing an extra merit badge in heaven for the many years he patiently served Mom.
I’ll admit that I worried what would happen if he died, and that was a real possibility since he’d had three major heart attacks and quadruple bypass surgery. Then there’s the factor that I’m not the most compassionate person. I imagine that’s why God gave me four boys. They don’t need as much nurturing as girls—at least I don’t think so. I often tell folks that God gave me four sons so I’d be prepared to care for my one very precocious granddaughter, but that’s another story.
Eight years ago, the day I most dreaded came…my father died of a massive heart attack going into a Wal-Mart store. He loved shopping, and he was the biggest jokester ever born, so it’s fitting when I say he shopped till he dropped. Trust me, it is.
Vickie McDonough is the award-winning author of 27 books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series and the 3rd & 6th books in the Texas Trails series. Her novel, Long Trail Home, won the Inspirational category of the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Awards. Coming this summer: Whispers on the Prairie, the first book in an exciting new series set in 1870s Kansas. To learn more about Vickie, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com