Thursday, July 8, 2010

Caregiver Musing

by Susan G. Haws

I am a caregiver. While the world has learned from the Cullens that immortality isn’t all movie premieres and Volvos it does sound appealing; if you have your physical abilities and your faculties. Rather than a broken hip or osteoporosis, it would be nice if God sent emails or calligraphied snail mail saying, “your time is ticking.” Instead of a heart attack or a stroke perhaps pictures of an hourglass trickling sand or a digital countdown. One of the cruelest indignities of a frail body is a Swiss cheese memory. I say one because there are many heartless tricks the failing body plays on the soul. But memory as much air as substance does have the plus of allowing a person to think that loved ones long passed over are just in the other room, out of reach only for a moment. In God’s view I guess that is what it is. Personally, I wish God wasn’t big on bodies as biological clocks, and learning from suffering. So, while I would not want to drink blood or live with a person that might want to drink my blood I wouldn’t mind both of us being physically and mentally top notch until the moment our numbers were called.  I have to say a farewell party before transformation rather than a funeral has significant appeal.  Just thinking.

5 comments:

  1. Totally. I like the idea of a farewell in theory, but sadly, in practice it never works out that way, does it? I've often wished I could imagine the departed loved ones were just on extended business trips. I don't usually grieve when someone goes on a business trip. I know I'm going to see them again and they'll have stories to tell when I do. Just like those who have passed on, but different.

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  2. I agree. I'd rather be top notch when I'm older and smarter. As the poet said sadly, "youth is wasted on the youth."

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  3. Beautiful writing, Susan. You had so many good thoughts in there that I had to read it twice. First for the writing then again for the ideas.

    Thanks.

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  4. I agree. Could we get a heads up that life is going to take a sharp right turn? I'm totally looking forward to the resurrection -no aging!!

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  5. loved you post, Susan. Having watched my father-in-law suffer the ravages of Alzheimer's, I can see where you are coming from. My heart skips a beat every time my hubby "forgets" something now. ugh.

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