It seems like it has been YEARS since I have made a pie… but that is not true! In fact, on Mother’s Day I baked a quiche and brought it to church for a friend – who did not show up that day. That’s when I started thinking about Plan B. After church I was talking with a few friends and mentioned that during the prayer time I had wanted us to think about “mothers without children and children without mothers” but had felt too emotional to do so. Then one of those friends, Dr. Bill Sager, told me that forty-one years ago he was a missionary in Pakistan and received a call from his brother-in-law saying that Bill’s mother had died. I watched as Bill’s eyes filled with tears remembering the loss of his mother and was amazed that so many years later this memory was still so vivid. I offered Bill a hug and then thought of the quiche. I explained that it had been meant for another, but that I hoped he would accept it instead. Immediately Bill offered to take it to the person I had made it for (Bill is ALWAYS thinking of others) … but I told him that I think the quiche was really meant for him…. but I hadn’t known it until just then.
After Mother’s Day, I was busy with work and then last week I flew to Florida to see my Dad again. He has been improving since he had surgery to clear his carotid artery. He is looking better but is still living in a rehabilitation facility because he has to regain his strength and mobility. I know that it’s been hard for him to go through this episode and at this time we are looking into “next steps” for him as he won’t be able to go home alone for a while, if ever.
On the bright side, over the last few days I have seen him show more interest in the world outside the facility. For the first time in months I helped him to check his email and scan the world news. Then yesterday, he wanted to watch the Indianapolis 500, and so we did (Congratulations Tony Kanaan!) Later in the afternoon, Dad played a game of Scrabble with me, which shows incredible patience and concentration on his part.
As I was leaving last night, Dad, never one to gush, brusquely said goodbye. I drove back to his place feeling sad and that maybe my efforts were in vain. As I pulled into his parking place I noticed a flowering bush in front of his apartment that I had never noticed before (to be fair, most days I get back in the dark). It was really beautiful and it stopped me in my tracks. I realized that I had forgotten to find the beauty in each moment… and to remember that I am not alone going through this.
This morning I woke up and baked an Asparagus and Cheddar Quiche to bring to my Dad. I know that he will want to share it with some of his fellow residents and I think that that will be a perfect way to spend this Memorial Day.