Our Mom’s are intimately part of our lives–from birth, as we grow up, eventually separating to live our own lives.
But sometimes things happen. Illness strikes us. Things go wrong. We’re incapable of taking care of ourselves. And that’s when Mom’s come where Angels fear to tread.
That’s the case with Elsie, a 75-year old mother whose husband was shot and killed.
She had seven children, including Eddie. Doctors thought he would never live past four but, at age 42, his Mom has taken care of him for 42 years.
Eddie only eats liquid food, can’t walk or talk. Elsie lifts him to his wheelchair saying “Jesus, be with me.” She says he’s an angel. She cares for Eddie, without losing her sense of humor, despite the hardships of feeding, bathing, clothing and lifting him.
For most of us, caring for someone like Eddie would challenge our sanity, cause distress, bring us to tears as we hopelessly struggle. But not with Elsie, a Mom who stays the course where angels fear to tread.
My Mom would have loved knowing Elsie.