I want to tell you what I've learned in the past few days.
First, I've learned that every moment is precious. Just ask these sisters, who happen to be my mother and aunt. I don't have a large family, but I can tell you that hugs received from someone you're related to feel like they fit.
I've learned how precious our independence is to each of us. My mother and I are learning that together, though in different ways. I'll respect her privacy, and tell my own story.
How sad I would be to lose my ability to see things like this:
up close and personal.
I had a little knee problem, which was fixed with a cortisone shot and a little TLC. Minor stuff, but enough to teach me exactly how it feels to be held back when you want to walk in the woods, or plant a garden, or hold a goat kid, or load a kiln. My problem is fixable; and it taught me to be more compassionate; some problems are not so easily dealt with. We have to make changes, as our bodies age, but we need to make them in our own time and way. There's a process of letting go, or holding on. It's personal, and deeply rooted. Only we, ourselves, can know what's right, as the time teaches us.
I learned to continue to take care of this body, so I can continue to do those things that bring me peace as long as possible.
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