“Whatever!” is one of the new ways to say “I don’t care” or “So what?” I don’t want to be that kind of whatever person. My friend–I’ll call her Missy–is a whatever person. She has some serious health problems of her own and her mom just got out of the hospital. I believe her mom will be her vivacious active self again, but it’s going to take some time.
Missy described to me what her life is like in these first few days after her mom came home. Caregiving has been a big responsibility for some time, but the intensity has increased significantly.
Missy is the ever-present help for her mom, but she described the wonderful teamwork of her family. She is not in this alone and she is grateful. Her brother and sister-in-law are blessing her and her mom in many hands-on ways
As Missy shared details about the caregiving, she also talked about Thanksgiving. Her family is continuing the traditions they’ve enjoyed for years. Granted they may not have Mom’s special dishes this year, but Thanksgiving at Mom’s house is to go on as always (as did the weekly Sunday dinner at Mom’s house yesterday).
Daughter, son, sister-in-law–all are working together to bless mom and each other and to keep the family close and strong. They are whatever people–doing whatever it takes.
Thank you for doing whatever it takes in your family.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind regard one another
as more important than yourselves;
do not merely look out for your own personal interests,
but also for the interests of others.