Friday, January 18, 2013

Challenging.......

Challenging............ is spending 24 hrs with my ma.
I love her. I do.
Just now and then though it would be quite nice if she stopped talking.
Never pausing for breath is quite a feat and she has had 82 years of perfecting the art.

Challenging ..... is taking 4hrs to drive a 40 minute journey alone on slippy slidey snowy foggy roads.
I am not used to driving conditions like that, and my shoulders were hunched up under my ears
and my fingers gripped the steering wheel at 10 - 2 with grim determination.

Home now though......stay safe and warm everyone.


14 comments:

Macy said...

But the worse the weather the more you know you need to go... and you feel better (one way or another) for having gone hey?

Nana Go-Go said...

Crazy snow has scuppered all weekend plans!!I refuse to drive about in it! Yes, my Ma was 83 last week and why is it they talk even more the older they get? I couldn't even get a word in edgeways!Having said that, she knows everything about everything and her conversations are quite entertaining!You keep warm and cost too, Libs. x

Steve said...

Snowy weather is fine unless you have to go out in it! Glad you made it home safely.

Cro Magnon said...

People who live alone tend to talk a lot when visited. They need to get it all out whilst they have the opportunity!

libby said...

M....yes exactly.
N...sadly my ma repeats the same things...and not always nice things..
S....thanks....I felt like I was taking part in the worlds most dangerous roads!
C...that is true..but my Ma has my Pa!

Andy said...

I think we all struggle to spend more than a few hours in the company of our own parents, I'm the same even though I love my Mum to bits. I guess it's because we know them (and their foibles) so well.

Marcheline said...

It's hard not to have those thoughts. Lately I've called my mom to tell her something, and the moment she picks up the phone she's off like a rocket, and it takes me half an hour to be able to say the reason I called. Perhaps the older one gets, the more aware of the clock ticking one becomes. Time is short, and growing shorter.

And I agree, driving in the snow is heinous.

libby said...

A..maybe...but I am familiar with my misters foibles and I still like spending time with him....

Curry Queen said...

4 hours! And I thought taking 1 hour to travel 5 miles home from work yesterday was bad. I know what you mean ref the old folks. It's a sad truth that we end up parenting our own parents.

auntiegwen said...

I feel your pain, we spent 2 hours driving to the hospital to see A's stepdad when it should have taken 20 mins. Do you fancy a lunch/dinner/meet up soon? xxxx

libby said...

CQ...I have just been told off by my dad because..'I've rung 3 times and you weren't in!!'....sigh.
AG....we are just not prepared for snow here are we? emailing you xx

Trish Burgess said...

I'm not a confident driver in the snow. Like you, I grip the wheel and being tense doesn't help at all. Stay safe xx

Nota Bene said...

Mums are wonderful...if somewhat challenging...

libby said...

M...there is quite a lot of repetition with my ma too....oh well..never mind.
Trish....thanks...I'm considering walking to walk....we'll see x
NB...I hate myself so because I know I will be distraught when she 'goes'..but crikey she drains me sometimes.