The world has finally tilted back into focus. It has been over a month since my sister passed and the ensuing hurried preparations to find a suitable place for my elderly parents is now at an end. Last Thursday my dad, mom, and I had an uneventful flight from West Palm Beach to my home in Pennsylvania. In a few weeks, my parents will be settled in their new home in a beautiful assisted living facility nearby in Maryland. In a week, Paul and Frazier will also be home from Florida. Paul is meeting the movers and tying up loose ends in West Palm Beach where my parents lived.
My mom and dad seem delighted to be visiting in my home. They are enjoying the peace and beauty of my yard and my little house in the country while they wait for their furniture to arrive. And I believe that they feel that the meals I cook each evening are an improvement over the ones they had at Prosperity Oaks. I am still making small errors with their medication but I am beginning to memorize which doses must be given when to each one of them. Now I am able to spend some quality time with them, talking about their lives in Germany and hearing stories that I never heard when I was a child. Surprisingly, they were not saddened to leave their Florida home but were anticipating a new adventure.
At the end of the summer I will have a “Celebration of Karen’s Life” at my home. I miss my sister terribly and regret that her passing has led to such hectic activity to tend to my parent’s needs. She was a wonderful person and my partner in crime throughout my life. We were together through all our big challenges: immigrating to America, our trip to Hawaii, working at Phillips Crab House, attending the University of Tennessee and traveling around the country. We texted every day, so while she was 1000 miles away in Florida, it seemed as if she was with me all the time.
One day soon I will look through the crochet patterns that I have accumulated and choose a new project for the winter. My mom will need some hats and sweaters now that she is living in the frozen north. My brother-in-law will visit and Paul and I will acquaint him with the delights of our area. Perhaps he will move, perhaps not. But all of us are aware that life is moving us forward and that we must gracefully adjust to our new circumstances.