Here is my mom solving crosswords at her desk. She is 96. She has total paralysis in the left half of her body due to a brain stroke she suffered four years ago and she’s completely dependant, confined in her wheelchair, but his intelligence remains intact. Last Christmas, her present was a kindle. She had been complaining that it was difficult for her to read paper books because with only one hand was almost impossible keep the book open and turn the pages. with the electronic book, she can do it with a single finger. She switched without problems to the digital format and she’s reading mystery novels and other books.
But I admire her because she’s a survivor with a lot of inner strength who never gives up. She survived WWII, a hard Communist Regime, an unjust incarceration, twelve years of forced separation of her husband, exile and now this sickness. And she never have lost her smile. Be optimistic, kind and strong. Never give up. That’s my mom.


20 thoughts on “Admiration

  1. Beautiful! It’s that generation, the greatest generation, that made people like your mom, and mine (who just passed away last month at 98 1/2 years, still sharp and perky). Thank you for your post!

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss! I’am sure you’ll keep lots of wonderful memories. Yes, It’s a very special generation

  2. Thank you for writing this and sharing this short, sweet, and touching bit about your mother. I am an avid reader and I take my inspiration for my desire to read from older, wiser men and women who have a lot of time, and who use it wisely to broaden their horizon and their capacity for understanding a world too complex for any one person to fully comprehend. People like your mother are the ones who inspire me just by simple acts of humility (She can’t move from her chair independently, but she will ably use the abilities she has left to make wise, impacting choices; like reading and being kind), and her tenacity to wear a smile despite the hardest of adversities. Blessings to your mom, friend. Thanks for this post.

    1. I’m moved by your comment. My mom is my inspiration in so many ways. I only can say I’m extremely lucky. I thank to God for every day with her.

      1. God is good, Olga. He shows Himself through your mom, it sounds like. And that is a blessing in this lifetime. She is a blessing to you. I’m glad you have her and that she can be that for you. 🙂

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