In the Middle
Life is unpredictable and families often drift apart. Parents at one time in life might require constant care and children have to step up but at what cost to their family, jobs, and each other? The voice that is the loudest is that of Carrie the middle child who will tell the story in the order it happened leaving out no events, hospital issues, or family sacrifices, and sharing with us the heartwarming and inspirational life of her mother that she never knew.
What happens when Carrie receives an emergency call to come to the hospital because her mom is in the ER the reason is unclear. While the doctor finally arrives to assess her, she reveals a situation that she hoped to stay hidden. She had a stroke and never told anyone. An older doctor never tells the family and met a rude and unprofessional staff who did not respond to the nurse’s bell or care if the patient was unattended. What would the family do?
Work became difficult and clients were not happy as projects were delayed and the importance of some pushed aside. Her assistant was backstabbing her and Carrie did not have what it takes to fire her and Jamie seemed to win the war.
At the hospital, and even at home her mother shares her tragic childhood, meager meals, and handmade clothes plus imagine a one-room schoolhouse with several grades and one teacher. A farm her parents started and a bank that disappeared and took their money and the way they survived is heartbreaking. Hoping for a home in the past, a farm that she ran and still wants with her two children, this mother is determined to not be a burden but things and her condition change it all.
Then her mother reveals what happens when she meets her father and they silently marry and both are disowned and made to find a home. A mother in the present who truly wanted her independence not like her mother in the past when expectations were different. Then gallbladder surgery to relieve her stomach pains, rehab hoping to help her develop some independence but in the end the outcome was not what was expected. Plus Mr.Ryan her boss fired her with no emotional feelings and who’d replace her you can only guess? Plus unexpected support came from clients who feel she should go out on her own and create her own agency.
Her mom declined and then a decision was made but she was determined to stay home and reflected on the neglect of her older doctor and hospice was the answer. Carrie prayed to God asked for his love and guidance and would undergo a tragedy if her own would she survive. A pastor who guided her and a husband who helped and a mother in law who decided her own fate, the ending is sad, finalities are permanent but Carrie will always pray and hope for family unity, love , her mother’s love and the final chapter will endear you to her even more as the author tells the story, brings it to a close but there is so much more to come.
Fran Lewis just reviews