Just arriving home from visiting my parents who live 900 miles away. As I sat and visited and helped out I realized just how much my mom has aged as she sat in her wheel chair and smiled, her youngest was home for a visit. We laughed, talked and sat quietly. She took a fall about a year ago and broke her leg in three places, a medal rod was put in place and every since that fall,her health has gone down hill rapidly. Her legs are wrapped because she is retaining fluid and her skin is splitting (she has congestive heart failure), she isn't able to stand for long period of times, can't wear shoes because her feet are so swollen and she cries because she can't do what she once did. My heart breaks to see her this way and it hurts me to know that time is running out and she could go at any time. Oh I wish I could have those days back when she was able to help me sew and bake, and where she would dance with me when an Elvis song came on. But I have had a wonderful 52 years with her, and I know she loved me from the day she conceived me. So while I was there visiting, we went through old photo's, played yatzee and even colored in the coloring books, I even took the sewing machine out and we did a little sewing.She laughed at me and with me, and when it was time for me to go she hugged me and we both cried. I wish time would allow me to have her longer but I know in time she will be called home. Our parents are a gift, just as they have seen having us as a gift. I am planning on a road trip before summer ends, because I want to spend as much time with my mom as I can. I hope if any of you have parents still living, take time to let them know how much you love them.