Still Up for Adventure!

My mother enjoyed traveling. When she was a young woman, she took a train from her home in Decatur, Georgia, to New York City, with her friend, Blanche Reynolds. They went to see “Oklahoma” on Broadway. This must have been sometime around 1943. I still have the album of records that she bought from the show. It looks like a book, with pages of vinyl records filled with the tunes from the production.

Home Care Services Orlando FL - Still Up for Adventure!

That wanderlust spirit never left my mother, even though her mobility decreased over the years. She suffered from post-polio syndrome, which eventually left her unable to stand for long periods or walk for any kind of distance. She was a mean scooter driver though! When her grandson, Cary, went to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, she meant to go visit. I accompanied her on the grand adventure.

Cary pushed her wheelchair all around downtown Chicago. We went to the Bean, rode on the L, and went to the top of the Sears Tower. In the bar at the top of the tower, Cary and Memama both had her favorite drink, a whiskey sour, to celebrate his being 21. Occasionally, she got pretty tired and needed to take a break, but she loved sharing her grandson’s big city with him.

The love for adventure never left my mother. She was evidence that advancing age doesn’t take away the passions of the youth. She needed more help in going places and more encouragement in ramping up for a trip. Once on the journey, she rode the wave like a champion.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Orlando FL, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today.  Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.


About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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