Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Crossing The Road

My mother loves yard work and keeping after the leaves being shed by our maple trees gives her a sense of purpose. Having a nice yard has always been a bit of an obsession for her and the Alzheimer's hasn't changed that a bit. The good part is that it gives her the chance to get out of the house for some fresh air, to enjoy the yard, and get a bit of exercise, too. The bad part is that she can't remember how much she's done and lacks judgment so I have to keep after her so she doesn't overdo it.

Yesterday was a gorgeous autumn day. Our cat (my mom's best friend) was sitting out in the road. We live on a dead end street so there isn't much traffic and kitty is 12 years old and very street smart. But a car started down the road, and when I stood up after I heard some shouting, I saw my mom running into the road to "save the cat." The car saw both of them and was going slow so there was no danger of either getting hit. It all happened so quick ... just when you think all is safe, something unexpected can happen.

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