I phoned this morning to see whether my mum had made it to the breakfast table. This was important information for me as I needed to pick her up within the hour to take her to an optometrist’s appointment following recent cataract surgery. As my mum lives in a hostel at an aged care facility I often rely on other people to get her moving. Mum has dementia and as a result she is now very disorganised. This morning when I phoned, I truly thought mum would be sound asleep. Instead I happily discovered she was sitting down to her cup of tea and honey toast. My telephone response to the carer was ‘That is FABULOUS!’ To have the phone answered promptly and to be told that things are ‘on track’ has really made a huge difference to my day. I hope my joy in that moment positively impacted the carer too; I’m sure there are many times when relatives complain about things that don’t go so well.
I have to say that I love it when a plan comes together! I love it when I meet other people and I can connect them to someone else whose plan can then come together. It feels like this is happening more and more.
Last night I was at Blue Mountains BIZNET for a speed networking activity. I met some really interesting people, caught up with some that I already knew, and sat down to dinner with some friends. I really enjoyed meeting Fran O’Leary who is the GM for Meals on Wheels (MOW) in our area. There was something about her calm confidence; it felt as though she was well established in her role and certainly had found an organisation that she was happy to serve. I shared that I thought MOW did a FABULOUS job; my aunty has received meals from them for years. I thanked her for choosing to head up our local MOW which makes such a difference to so many elderly community members. I hope this made her feel good in that moment.
As I prepare for International Women’s Day tomorrow and reflect about what it means to be a woman in 2013, I feel very grateful that Andrea Turner-Boys from Women with Altitude has organised an exciting event for women we appreciate. I know that there will be a lot of love in the room tomorrow; lots of smiles, laughter and hugs and I’m very much looking forward to introducing my mum to some gorgeous women I know. It’s really not often we find public ways to show our loved ones just how terrific they are. Tomorrow we will be ‘Queens for a Day’ (that’s the theme!) and I look forward to treating my mum like royalty and showing everyone there just how FABULOUS she is!