There are no guarantees in life. We do our best: eat well, look both ways before crossing the street, but still no guarantees. Grief happens, and it hits hard.
Aunt Mary had a huge impact on my life — a mother in every sense of the word. When she became ill, we had numerous conversations while she was undergoing cancer treatment. She insisted, as only Moms do, we don’t mourn because she’d lived a long, happy life. Of course, when it all happened the heart decided what to do, independent of analytical thought.
How this Pertains to the Story
The reason Zoe Sinclair returns to her small town in Stranger or Friend is her mother, Rosemary. She is not well, and Zoe takes on the thousand-mile telecommute to be near.
Mother is also adamant about treatment choices. She doesn’t want surgery. She knows the risk and doesn’t want to die all cut up on the operating table should something go wrong. If this is her time to go, she wants to be at home, in her bed. Like my aunt. But Zoe is not ready to let her go, one of her arguments from the heart being, There is nothing wrong with living on borrowed time.
The book is about much more, but this is one of the revealing moments. So, the question becomes: when a loved one, an elderly person, refuses potentially life-saving treatment what do we do?
Not really a question, that wouldn’t be fair, more like a questioning statement, and I promise to lighten up as we go on. :) Tomorrow’s post is H for Home. See you then.