Man I have to tell you guys, today is the mother of all days!! It’s monumental! For real!
As I write this post, I’m ridding in the front seat of a rental with two very special passengers in the back seat.
My aunt Miriam.
What makes this day super duper special is that we’re headed to the Ronald Regan International Airport in DC with these two loves.
And… drum roll…. Ba bam!! We’re flying to our new home in Grayson, GA! Yes child!! My mother is leaving South Jersey to become a Georgia Peach. This is another one of those pinch me moments. My aunt and God-Mother decided to accompany my mother with the big move and also to hang out with us for a bit. Auntie will also have the opportunity to see another sister, who moved to Georgia two months ago. 🙂 We’ve got a little reunion going on. Heeey! They’re all in their 80’s! Lord knows, our family has been blessed.
I’m going to do my best to show auntie the best time ever. For selfish reasons, I also want her to make the move permanently. She’s retired, is gracefully aging, so living closer to family and a warmer climate will be an added perk. She can spend more time having fun and less time managing the demands of a home.
When hubby and I decided to move, we gave my mother the option to move with us now or to move later. She pondered for a brief time and opted to move sooner. NEVER in a million years did I think she would leave the garden state, especially with two of her sisters still living there.
I think the deciding factor was losing her sister and partner and crime, Annie last year. My mother, aunts Annie, Miriam and Barbara did everything together and I mean everything. Last July Annie suddenly died. The family was heart-broken. The spunkiest of the crew, often thought of as the Golden Girls, left us and we didn’t get to say good-bye.
Thankfully we have a plethora and a lifetime of fond memories to keep our hearts full of joy and laughter.
Anyways, I think Annie’s passing made mother’s decision easier.
If you follow my blog, you know that last month hubby and I, along with our son made the big move to Georgia. We waited to move mom because we wanted to get her bedroom and the guest room in order.
Later tonight we arrive home. They are in for a nice surprise! :). I can’t wait for them to see their rooms. Mom’s room, which is more like a suite, has a small walk-in closet and her own bathroom, is located on the first floor. No more steps for her!! Her bed, which we moved from Jersey, is croweded with all of her favorite stuffed animals and dolls. Yay! She no longer has to wait for her teenaged grandson to finish primping in the bathroom. Heeey!! I’m snappin’ my fingers on this one!
Auntie’s room also has a private bathroom and a small walk-in closet. We bought a beautiful new bed and decorated the room with soft-gray’s and cream colors. Hanging word art reads, You are loved, and a lucky succulent plant gives her private bathroom a spa-like feeling. My heart. We hope that she loves it so much, that she will want to move permanently. Cross your fingers for us. Pretty please!!
I don’t make light of this move for my mother because changing environments is difficult for most people. However, moving in your 80’s to an unfamiliar place has to be more difficult and that is why we let her make the choice.
She is not a people person nor does she like traveling or eating in restaurants, all of which makes this move significant. But– she’s going willinging, so we’re trying to make the move as pleasaureable as possible. Although her tough exterior and stern disposition won’t permit her to admit that she is nervous, we know that flying with her sister makes the transition less taxing.
The last time the sisters boarded an airplane was about five years ago for a siblings going home service. I’m delighted that this trip is for more plesaureable reasons.
We are a little over two hours from the airport and the chatter front the backseat is all good. :). I want to join in on the conversation, so I’ll end this post now and focus on this rare occasion. :).