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Mom Has New Freedom

By Henry Peter Gribbin

I take care of my mother who is 89 and suffers from certain medical conditions. The one condition which hampers her the most is arthritis. She can barely walk. I have been taking care of her for over three years now. Every day I used to go for a walk. I did this not only for the exercise but also for a little mental pick-me-up. I was never gone long, and every time I left my mother always said she wished she could go with me. Then it dawned on me; there was no reason why she couldn’t.

Within days I bought her a buggy with footrests. Now she goes for walks with me. She has her sense of freedom back that has been missing for so long. I can kick myself for not doing this sooner, but we have taken advantage of her buggy (that’s what I call it) since.

There have been some little problems pushing her around, though. We don’t live far from a business district. In fact, it is only half a block away. It is a thriving area full of life. However, one would think that a thriving business district would have good sidewalks. This is not always the case. It’s funny, but the biggest cracks and holes always seem to be right where some eating place put their outdoor tables and chairs. It makes getting around them all the more difficult. My mom is good at spotting them so we don’t get surprised.

People offer the most problems. Young people texting are the worst. If you don’t speak up they will walk right into you. Skateboarders also pose a problem, but they have always swerved around us in the past and hopefully will do so in the future. But for the most part people have been friendly.

Like I said, my mother has regained some sense of freedom. Anything that gets her out of the house is a good thing.  For that I am thankful.

Two last bits of advice. Buy something that is sturdy. City streets and sidewalks are unforgiving. Also, I suggest you buy something with a seatbelt or a bar that the rider can hold onto. That way the rider will not have of the fear of being flipped out of his or her seat.

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