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Originally posted by Christarella
Great post. I was very close to my mother. She didn't drive in her later years so I always took her everywhere and I lived right down the street with my two children who were extremely close to her as well. She had been sick for a while and was never one to go to the doctor even though she was a diabetic, never enough money, you know. Anyway I had spent some time with her at the hospital but needed to get home to my little ones. The doctors had told us that she'd probably need to be on oxygen for the rest of her life but we would be able to take her home within a day or so, so I'd left feeling confident that we would do just that. I have a large family, there are 9 of us kids and my 3 older sisters had decided to stay in town for the evening and spend time with mom to keep her company. She ended up having a massive heart attack and they weren't able to save her. Devastating. Skip forward to the next evening. My family was all together at my parents house and we were looking for moms paperwork, insurance, birth certificate, ssn, etc. One of my sisters pulled a key out of the bottom of moms purse and said "Who does this Ford key belong to?" I looked at it and said "hey thats mine" then I looked up at the wall where she had a key hook. All of us kids kept our extra keys at moms, in case ever needed. I wondered why it wasn't hanging up there since I'd never needed her to get it for me for any reason. Anyway, it was a long day, my kids were exhausted and hungry and sad and I thought I'd take them to get a burger and a movie and go on home. Stopped to get the movie first and when I pulled out to head to the burger place I hit a pot hole which flattened my tire. I pulled over at the first business and used the pay phone out front to call my moms house to get one of my family to come help me change the tire. (no, I'd never done it before) My brother in law said he'd be right there and told me to get the spare out. I put my key in the trunk and turned it and damn if it didn't break off in the lock. It was raining and when my brother in law pulled up I was standing there bawling. It was sthe only key I had for the ignition as well and with such a horrible day as it was I just lost it. Wonderful person that he is, he hugged me and said "You're forgetting something" I didn't know what he was talking about. "The extra key in mom's purse." he said. I had stuck it in my pocket! "I think she must have known you'd need it." It was a trip to say the least. That night my smoke alarm kept going off. No smoke or fire though, so I felt like she was trying to get my attention.
Originally posted by Griff56
I'm generally not shy about sharing experiences that I, or others I know, have had. There's a few that I mostly keep to myself, but most of the time I'm willing to share things without much hesitation. I also know there's always going to be some people that read that story and think "Pffft...what BS!" or "Ha! This guy got hoodwinked!" But to be honest, that doesn't really bother me. I'm not here to convince the world of anything, I'm simply here to hang out and do pretty much exactly what we've all been doing so far in this thread.