The challenge today was thinking about and recording your views about the word care. What does this word mean to you? To think about either the people who care for you or for the people you care for.
I thought for some time before deciding what to do for this challenge as I realised that for me, it was going to turn out to be quite personal.
When I think of caring my first thoughts go to my Dad who has cared for me my whole life. He is 88 years old, coming up to 89 at the end of January.
During this horrible pandemic, he has been brilliant and I, as well as my husband, my sister and all our family have cared for him. He has been brilliant, shielding when told to, staying at home and generally being a good boy by following the rules!
He has hardly complained and just got on with things, gardening, looking after his house, cooking, and generally keeping busy. His work ethic is second to none.
He is a sociable person, and seems to know everybody, so this past year has been especially difficult for him. He has had two holidays abroad cancelled and doesn’t believe that he will ever go and ‘sit in the sun by the swimming pool with a beer in his hand again’ which is sad.
But as he himself says he is much better off than many others in the world and he is thankful for all his blessings.
I decided to create a mind map about him, to say thank you and to remind him that he is loved by his family, highly thought of in his community and within his friendship circle.
I love him to bits!
Sue Westcott (C.) 2021