Ascarate Golf Course

Mom is extremely.  She loved to go out and about with Dad.
Mom at Ascarate Golf Course in El Paso, Texas

Mom is ready for the clubhouse at the Ascarate golf course!

JULY 10, 2021 Dad plays golf 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They eat cereal for breakfast, take a nap, and we are out of the house by 9:30 to get to the golf course by 10 AM. I get Mom ready, and I get ready after. Mom loves her house blouse and her kleenex.

I drive them everywhere. I insisted after riding in the back seat while Dad went. He was 90 years old at the time. Mom read her magazine, and I read my book or on my blog. Our wait time was a couple of hours.

While caregiving, my needs came second to my parents. I always ensured they were safe and stayed with Mom the entire time Dad was on the golf course. I confirmed he had his iPhone, so I would know where he was. If he waited too long in one place, I knew he couldn’t find the golf ball, or he had fallen. It was never the case. The golf course was a safe place for Dad.

Caregiving can make one nervous and unable to relax. I was not exercising techniques to calm myself most of the time, and my behavior betrayed the calm I tried to display. On the other hand, Mom had been going with Dad and staying in the clubhouse on her own for years. I knew she needed help now and tried my best to tend to her needs with kindness and respect. I remained vigilant over their care. Granted, it was easier when I first arrived, but later it was difficult to watch both parents 24/7.

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Anita Henson aka Winnie. A retired teacher, and caregiver for my loving parents, wife, and mother. Married to Greg "Tex" Henson.
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