Day 163 - Recovering
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
We had a wonderful brunch with my parents at the Riviera Hills Restaurant, which has a great view of the lake from a higher elevation, as you can see from yesterday's blog photo. Steve had made a reservation, but we didn't think we need to confirm it, and of course, they didn't have any record of it. They were kind enough to accommodate us, even though they were totally booked. We sat outside, in the shade, and my parents could enjoy the view while we ate.
It was delightful, but it was the one dining experience that I've come to dread: THE BUFFET!!! So many wonderful things to try, and I decided that I would go ahead and take small samples of anything I felt like eating. Yes, I ate too much, and yes, I suffered a bit in the evening after we got home. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I know that this is a once-a-month (if that) occasion, and I won't feel guilty. We didn't have dinner last night, so my total calorie count wasn't completely off the charts, but I still felt the need to make up for it a bit today.
The weekend was also a reminder of the challenges I have dealing with Mom. Her depression has gotten worse, and she has lost all will to do anything physical. She can barely climb one step, and it's both frustrating and agonizing to watch. She was pretty miserable all weekend, although her spirits perked up a bit on Sunday when we went out to eat, because she got to sit and be waited on. (My dad fixed her plate from the buffet line, and then went back and got his own. They've been doing that for 61 years now.)
My mother suffers from clinical depression. I've known it for a long time, but it does get worse with age, if not managed. She does take some medications to help her mood, but she's missing the key ingredients of exercise and social activities that are key to alleviating the blues. Her illness, and my tendency to have some of the same symptoms, is what drives me to be the positive person I am. I am fighting this illness with everything I've got, because I refuse to become like her.
The support and love and encouragement I get from you all is so important. It lifts me up in ways you can't even imagine, although now that I've shared another part of my history, maybe you can.
So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Now, go out and make somebody else's day, just as you do for me! As my friend IOWARHINO says, read a stranger's blog post and give them positive feedback. Give them a boost, and you'll get one in return.
And KEEP SPARKING!!!!