One of the strange things about Mom being gone is that the house is always empty. Before, there was always someone there. We had a constant flow of family and caregivers. My dad hadn't needed to set his alarm system in a good couple of years because someone was always there.
Our caregivers became like family to us. They were so involved in our day-to-day lives. Mom bonded with them. The grandkids bonded with them. We bonded with them. Even our extended family members bonded with them, especially through the last week of Mom's life and all of the family activities (and the funeral) which followed. I know that several of my extended family members have become facebook friends with at least one of our caregivers, who was there every day that last week of Mom's life. They will always hold a dear and special place in our hearts for the love and care that they gave to my mom.
It has been a little sad losing them in our daily lives. Luckily, modern technology enables us to keep up with them but it's not the same as having them with us and talking to them all the time, like it was before. Dad and I have talked about having "caregiver reunions" every so often, where we can get together to visit and catch up.
Switching gears for just a minute...you may or may not know that my dad got a pet pig last December. She has brought a lot of fun into the family and has been a sort of companion for Dad. The caregivers all adored her as well and have watched her grow from a tiny, 7 pound pig to a pleasantly plump, 65 pound "mini" pig! We've had a lot of fun with her. People are always fascinated and curious about Miss Piggy and lots of visits have been made, friends bringing their kids over to see the pet pig! We've had lots of fun dolling her up with pearls and piggy polish and my aunt even made her a tutu. This week is Miss Piggy's birthday, so we decided it would be fun (and humorous!) to throw her a little piggy birthday party! Since the caregivers also bonded with Miss Piggy, we decided to combine the piggy party with a caregiver reunion.
3 out of our 5 caregivers were able to attend Miss Piggy's birthday! I wrote about the piggy party on my other blog, but the focus of this post was mostly about reconnecting with our caregivers. It meant so much to us that they came to Miss Piggy's party (and they didn't even think we were being silly about throwing a party for a pig!) It was really nice to sit back, enjoy a meal and just visit with them. How thankful I am for the caregivers that we had in this journey! We hope to have more gatherings together in the future!
And here's a little preview picture of Miss Piggy at her party. If you want to read all about the fun we had and see some really cute pig pictures, click here.