Tides of life

weymouth 022sFor the past few days I have been with my son, as I am almost every day, as I have been for the past four years. But just at present, things are a little different. He is, of course, still as annoying… he takes almost a professional pride in that.  

I usually do his housework and cooking, of course, and the other things that need to be looked after on a daily basis. I may be his carer, but I am also Mum… as well as his personal house hobbit. And we have a lovely relationship. We can talk about most things, and do. We laugh about a lot of them. We insult each other creatively and know each other’s moods so well that a look will do, every time.

His home is a bachelor pad to die for. Technology hides in every corner, gadgets and gizmos nestling in between the glossy black surfaces. The carefully designed minimalist house quickly became a home as he added his own touches and humour to it, pinched my paintings and took up music. But of course, change is afoot and now the house has to cease to be a bachelor pad and become a home for two as he and his Faith prepare to begin the journey of a lifetime together.

Of course, he has spread out since he moved into his own home and every nook and cranny is full of stuff. It worked for him… but for it to be a home for both of them, space needs to be found and the place organised somewhat.

A determined assault was begun. So, we’ve tackled the overstuffed cupboards, gutted the wardrobe and drawers, washed walls and windows and are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Unless, of course, you go in the living room, which has become a holding area for things needing to go in the loft.

But something struck me, as the entire contents of the wardrobes were stacked in piles across the bed, with my son half buried under the heaps, directing operations. It may explain some of the lurking weepiness of the past few days. This is our last little bit of time as things are. Things are changing, wonderfully, beautifully, joyfully… but changing nonetheless.

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I suppose every parent feels it in some way or another. My sons, however, left home a long time ago and settled into their own lives, the way it is meant to be. That was fine. It was something I expected … welcomed even…and I have never been one to hold fast to my sons’ shirt tails. They have always been encouraged to be independent and I happily helped them pack and watched them walk off into the sunset, so to speak, laughingly threatening to change the locks.

Yet, watching my eldest son take that first impossible breath without the ventilator, seeing him grow into life again, it seemed likely that his life and mine would remain closely entwined for as long as I was able to care for him. Back then we were given no hope of independence, far from it. And as he took his usual path of achieving the impossible, breaking the rules and defying every prognosis, we grew into a closeness even deeper than when he was a child. Issues had to be addressed that no-one should have to face. Emotions, hope, despair, determination…blood, sweat and tears… all were shared and I have taken such delight in his company and the bright mind that somehow, incredibly, survived the attack that left him so close to death.

As we went through the cupboards, remnants of the past few years reminded us of the journey we have taken, the extremes to which we have been pushed and pulled, the pain and the therapies undergone. As I washed the walls today I read in the marks there a journey of utter courage and a relentless and indomitable will. The marks show the scuffs and falls, the traces of the stubborn workouts and walking practice. I erased them as best I could, smiling through the tears in my eyes much of the time. A new chapter now begins where living life matters more than the details of a purely physical recovery.

This chapter is full of adventure and excitement, a journey into unknown territory. I could not be happier for them both… they are a beautiful couple and every day I give thanks for that beauty coming into being.

He gave me a T-shirt today. Were I a house-elf and not a house-hobbit, the significance would be obvious… it represents freedom. Very soon I will watch as they head off into a sunrise, this time hand in hand and with so much love and possibility before them.

Yet, beneath all the joy, beneath the hand-rubbing glee of a woman who sees light at the end of a long, dark tunnel, there is a Mum not afraid to say … I’m going to miss him.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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26 Responses to Tides of life

  1. Fran Keegan says:

    They may walk off into the sunset hand in hand, but I doubt that you will be abandoned. Love remains no matter who lives where.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Oh I know… I have no fear of that. It is just a bit of a roller coaster.. so incredibly beautiful and so unlooked for. It didn’t hit me till today how much of a change this will be.. and it is wonderful.

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  2. prewitt1970 says:

    I can picture the scene so clearly it brings tears of joy and sadness to this old knights eyes. He’s such a fine lad, you’ve done an amazing amazing!!! Job as a hobbit and friend carer and mother, your sons amazing caliber of person is a testament to the wonderful human that you are.
    Truly
    Benjamin

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  3. WyndyDee says:

    Made me cry girl! I can say that I understand in the slightest…my son was so young when he had his brain injury (6 years old), that it was hard, but he healed so fast over the course of 2 years, that by the time we moved to Texas, nobody even really knew. He learned the drums to help with coordination…which was part of his rerouting, he wasn’t musical before the accident. They said he wouldn’t go to school or hold down a job….haha! They don’t know my God!

    I was the one home and held him when he was sad, angry, frustrated…but again, he was so young, he doesn’t really remember. I was the one that was there, and dad too, but you know what I mean. It is different for mom. Through the six surgeries to rebuild his ear (that now grows hair on the back of it! My little werewolf) We were so close. Now, at 20, it is hard to not be the center of his world. She is…and though I love this girl…it has been very, very hard. It gets easier. I am sure. It wasn’t the same when the oldest left and married. Just wasn’t the same.

    Hugs and Love…it is a good thing.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you. It was easy when his brother left home.The inevitable pang, of course.. but just the natural way of things. This is such a wonderful, beautiful thing.. and I am so very happy for them.. but I am still going to miss the time we have been able to share.

      You know the depth of emotion that goes with combating a brain injury. It builds a deep bond. Nick was 25 when he was stabbed.

      So now, it is all change once again.. and very much for the better! It will still be odd.

      Love and hugs back x

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  4. mickcgorman says:

    What a lovely description of a special relationship. 🙂

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  5. I thought Nick was helping you. Oh my, he was just ‘supervising the operations’. stupid boy

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  6. Leisa says:

    I feel you Sue (((Sue)))

    I had the same feeling when I washed the walls of the house I was married in, the house where I homebirthed all 3 of my pixies, we were starting a new adventure in another town. But my soul grieved for what was

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  7. ad1313 says:

    So beautiful. I can feel every word of it. The way your words flow from your heart on to paper is magical.

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  8. Very nice Mom! I have one suggestion, if you will allow me. Whenever the two love birds start sharing space, please make sure your son eat at his house, and not at yours.

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  9. ĽAdelaide says:

    This was a beautiful gift to read, thank you, my dear. xo

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  10. rlte says:

    Lovely story and thanks for sharing. You have a treasure in your son. Rlte
    Thanks for your visits to my blog. Rlte

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