I write a lot of negative stuff here about Okaasan - stuff she can't do, times when she gives me frustration.
Here is a positive posting. :-)
Yesterday after bath and lunch I offered to drive her to the subway station for a trip downtown and she jumped at the chance.
Got ready in 20 minutes. CAN do it if the motivation is strong enough.
At the station I made sure she had an up to date subway card and tried to remind her how to phone ME when she came back later.
"No, don't press number 1 on the cell phone - that's DS, and he isn't here....press number 2 - like this - and it will be me! I will come and get you".
Repeated a few times as we stood outside the station entrance.
Not hopeful. In the past she has called Dear Son, and he calls me. Or she waits and waits in a convenience store until I find her by chance. Last week she actually called the house telephone - using the emergency contact card we put in her handbag.
At 4.15 pm came a call on my cell phone while I was doing housework and studying kanji.
A call from Okaasan. :-)
"I'm at the station! Can you pick me up?"
I was SO happy and pleased with her. She got it!
Whether she'll keep it for next time is another matter. But yesterday she had it.
Even more rays of sunshine: we had a fish and veggie nabe for dinner, lots of chat about wartime food and how Japanese should eat fish because the country is an island...
and then - she washed up all the plates after the meal.
A good day.