Oh, I am ever so thankful for this 95 year old mother of mine! This past Monday evening, the nursing home took a small bus of residents to the Hooks Baseball game. The Hooks are a AA team for the Houston Astros. My mother grew up with baseball in Chicago. Her Dad was on a minor league team way back when plus he taught the kids in the neighborhoods they lived in to ‘play ball’. Grandpa was an Italian bricklayer by trade, but his real love was baseball and taught two of his three kids to absolutely love the game, Mom being one! So any chance my mother got and now gets, she goes.
She is in a nursing home now so the opportunities are much more rare. When this game was on the May calendar, I decided to volunteer and go with her. My youngest sister and her husband have taken her a time or two on visits here. She has been prodding me to go ever since the team came to town. So ’twas my turn! Plus Mom is 95! How many more?
As you can see on our faces, we were having a grand time. The Hooks won, but more than that, I won a most memorable memory with my mother. She was clear (dementia at rest!); she was ever so happy, and loved having me with her as she knows that baseball is not a favorite for me! (She drug me to a few Padre games that were not fun for me as a high schooler!)I am so grateful for the evening, the memory, the special fun that she and I had together, just us! I loved every minute! I am grateful for my little sister and her husband in Kauai who listened to me whoop and holler as I shared the evening with them. Thank You, Sweet Jesus, for my mother, for my sisters, for my father, and those I call family. Amen.
I also thank the many people who have laid their lives down on the battlefields for my freedom. I thank the families of those special people for they are waiting for their special one to return. May You protect them with Your many legions of angels, LORD. Hold their minds in Your loving hands, that their eyes would stay fixed upon You, that they would come home whole. Amen.
Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53