Today I want to delve into another little thought from the great prison film Shawshank Redemption as mom sits, “in the hole”, as a result of the CoronaVirus. First a quote from this amazing movie:
“It’s a little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory. Open up a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up new. Take my guests out charter fishing…”https://www.moviequotedb.com/movies/shawshank-redemption-the/quote_21112.html
This is a very interesting quote in view of our little topic. “A warm place with no memory” indeed! The plans we make through life to gracefully retire into a warm place where we can live a simple life and drift off into the sunset sometimes work out…but often don’t. In order to have true hope, we must look forward to better days to come…but we need to realize that these better days may or may not come on this side of eternity. Any promises that differ from this don’t come from biblical Christianity.
“No memory” makes me think of the relative bliss that mom is in right now, FROM A MEMORY STANDPOINT. Allow me to clarify. Sure mom cannot remember many, many great and good things in her life. I hate that. I hate it! I hate that she doesn’t know who I am. I hate that she can’t tell me the stories of our youth. I hate that she can’t play the piano, her happy place. I hate it! 🙁
she cannot remember the many, many bad things that have happened to her. Deaths from loved ones, like her folks. Previous lost relationships. Lost opportunities. Sad days. All gone! Her life is as simple as a baby these days in many ways. Do you think she is worried about the CoronaVirus? I guess there is a small chance, but I would venture to say that she is more worried about lunch than the virus. Do you think she is engrossed in politics? The national debt? Climate change? Nope. Nada. It is all gone. I do know that she “knows” in her heart, even if she doesn’t seem to us to be able to remember, the sweet and eternal bliss that she will arrive to in heaven some day. That sounds a lot like a “warm place with no memory” to me. 🙂
Update: We were blessed with an opportunity to Facetime with mom now. Her nursing home graciously set up this option along with a scheduling calendar to arrange this service. I hope to be able to try it tonight if possible. All reports from the nursing home is she is doing fine and eating ok. I just hope this is accurate and not rose-colored. We will see soon enough.
Diet update: My gym closed today. I will find alternative options. I have a lot of nature nearby. I will reconnect with nature and hug a tree or two. 😉 Maybe I will buy some worthless old boat and fix it up new? That would surely be a good workout…