Her kitchen will never be the same
Posted in Nourishment for the Spirit » Kathy's Blog on Saturday, February 27, 2010

 

The shuttle drive from the airport to her place, a couple of hours north of Phoenix, was painfully long. There were seven people in the van and no one spoke a word. Keep in mind I TALK FOR A LIVING! About an hour into the drive, we passed a sign that said mom’s town was 61 miles. OMG are you kidding me?!? Why can’t I fall asleep? Ugh. (Have you ever been in such a quiet atmosphere that you had the urge to scream out?) I saw another sign. Mom’s town – 52 miles.  I had to laugh when it turned out I was the very last person to be dropped off. It was after 11pm when I arrived at mom’s house. After a hug, kiss, and a few tears, we were both off to bed!  Kinda crazy I woke up in the Wisc. Dells and I'm going to sleep in the mountains of Arizona.
 
Mom was still a little weak that first day so while she napped, I went through her kitchen and got rid of all the processed food. Same went for the frig. My mom has quite a sweet tooth, and after ALL the research I’ve read about sugar feeding cancer, I pitched anything that had high sugar content or high fructose corn syrup in it. The only thing she fought for, actually, was her ice cream. 
 
When she was feeling up for it, we made a trip to the city to their version of Whole Foods. We went down every aisle while I suggested new, healthy things for her to try. On our way to the checkout, every person we passed looked at our cart, which was over-flowing, and then looked at us like we were insane….. or had a severe case of the munchies.
 
Over the next few days I had a chance to read some very helpful books on cancer and nutrition. Knowing mom wouldn’t have the energy to cook for herself after her next chemo treatment, and my step-dad doesn’t know how to cook, I put together a binder of some very easy meals, smoothies and tips on how to get through those 3-4 days.  Speaking of my step-dad (who has been around since I was 9), he has really stepped up and made the effort to help out my mom.  Although we need to teach him the 'tricks' of the grocery store.  He came home with ten TV dinners.  TV dinners!!!  SO not in my mom's diet.  He said he bought them because they were on sale for a buck each.  Ten for $10...he couldn't pass it up.  
 
Mom and I also had a chance to go up in her attic to go through old family photo’s. She told me family stories I had never in the past and we laughed at some of the photo’s we hadn’t seen in YEARS. I realized how blessed I was to be spending this time with her. I also enjoyed the luxury of SLEEP!   It felt amazing to go to bed around 10:30 and wake up at 7:30. Yes, I miss my kids like crazy but this is heaven! Speaking of my kids…….  
 
As I’m in Arizona writing this, surrounded by beautiful mountains, my son is getting his religious award from the Boy Scouts. It’s a pretty big deal, as he spent weeks fulfilling the requirements for this award. Not to mention, the annual Blue/Gold dinner is after the ceremony.   Typically a mother would feel enormous guilt for missing such an event in her son’s life. While I miss my family tremendously, it is SO relaxing just sitting here in my jeans and Blackhawks jersey while NOT having to scream at Xander to ‘”Hurry up and get dressed!!” “And, no, you may NOT wear your jeans instead of khaki pants!!” Besides, when I asked him this morning if he was excited about today, he responded, “Why? What’s today?”

 

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