Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Bars: Just Because You're Old and Feeble Doesn't Mean You Can't Outwit Your Children

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Bars: Just Because You're Old and Feeble Doesn't Mean You Can't Outwit Your Children

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First her children installed a bar on their mother's wall, close to her bed, to help her rise and shine in the morning and find her way back safely at night. They were good children, and their mother was very grateful.

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Next came the bar in the shower so the mother could bathe; then came the stool so she wouldn't fall over. Soon after came Miss Ida to give her the shower while she sat on the stool and held onto the bar.

A couple of months later, three bars were strategically placed so that the mother could momentarily leave her walker and right, left, right over to unlock the front door and let Miss Ida in. She arrived with good cheer and an armload of macaroni and cheese. This was to celebrate the new bars and the mother's ability to navigate them.

Two nights later, the house next door was robbed. It was then that the children talked about bars on the doors and windows. Nice bars. Fancy, decorative grillwork.

One son said it was time for the nursing home. He kept the mother's books and volunteered to find her a comfortable place, one she could afford. One daughter said, disabuse yourself of that idea. She had given her father five extra years of life by her care, and she intended to do the same for her mother. …

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