Mom’s Shopping Trip

In a recent post I mentioned that my mom finally went out on a field trip with other residents of the nursing center where she lives. They all went on a field trip to Wal-mart! Mom called me as soon as she got back to the nursing center and was so excited to tell me all about the fun she had and what all she bought. She had twenty-five dollars to spend and you would think it was her first shopping trip ever. She bought two T-shirts, one is at the very least four sizes too big for her, but she said “that’s how they wear them here and it might shrink”. She also bought a clear plastic zip close purse to keep her bingo money in, and a reusable Wal-mart shopping bag to hang on the back of her wheelchair so when she is shopping she has something to put all her treasures in.

The next day when I went to visit mom, Judy, the nurse on duty, also told me about how much fun mom had on the shopping outing. She said when the residents returned to the nursing center, she had them all go put on the clothes they brought and had them all come out into the hall and put on a fashion show! Judy said she asked all the available aids to help the residents who were giving the fashion show get up and down the long hall so the residents who were in their rooms, or in the activity room, could all see the fashion show as it was taking place. Judy is such a hoot, and always creates impromptu opportunities for fun for the residents under her charge. I have written many thank-you’s to Judy and always let her superiors know what a fantastic job she does every day.

After seeing the things mom bought on her shopping trip, and hearing all about their fashion show, I was happy to seem mom excited about something again. It has been a long time since I’ve seen the “light” back in her eyes. While I was visiting with mom, some of the other residents who went on the shopping trip even come by to show me what all they bought on the shopping trip too. Funny how a simple outing, and burying a few T-shirts, and someone stopping what they are doing to make a fuss over you, and asking you to do a fashion show, did so much to lift the spirits of  those residents who, for some of them, have been all but forgotten by their own families.

Later that evening my mom called me to say all the residents had so much fun they decided they need to “raise more money” so they can all go out again soon. I asked mom how they intend to raise the money for their shopping trip and she said they all decided they would sell some stuff they don’t need and she asked me if I would pay $20.00 for a snuggie (like a blanket with arms in it). I had to chuckle to myself, but I could tell this was very serious business to mom, so I said “of course I would buy it and said I’ve always wanted one myself…I hope that little white lie will be forgiven since it made my mom so happy to know I would help her do her part to raise money for their cause! Stay tuned for updates on the fundraising soon…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 20:55:29

    It really is the little things in life, isn’t it! So happy that you’ve seen a little bit of that “light” back in her eyes! And what a good daughter you are to buy a snuggie in 100 plus degree heat! Ha ha! xoxoxo


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 21:37:20

    That is how I remember your Mom. Happy and smiling and cracking jokes. It is not easy losing two sons and a husband in your lifetime, but she has you and Danny to help her along and I don’t know how she would be without you. God blessed her with the two of you.


    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:20:19

      Thank you Aunt Ellen, I appreciate your kind words. I know it hasn’t been easy for mom and Danny and I do the best we can to help her. It’s just hard sometimes as so much has happened, but life does go on! Love you, Cindy


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