So, with Mickelle and the kids out visiting her family in Utah, normally I would be a heap of misery as I pine for their companionship. In Genesis 2:18, where most Bibles say "It is not good that man should be alone," I have crossed out "man" and inserted "Mac." But this time I haven't gotten all mopey because my mom was here with me.
It was just great to have her around. We worked in the yard together, went out to dinner a couple of times, talked about her future plans, and just had a really good time, even watching TV. It's been too many years since my mom was a part of my daily life. Some people might resist that, but I'd like nothing better than to have my mom living here in Hartsville with us and being a part of all of our lives. I'm so lucky to have her.
Cherish your parents, even if they are insane now and made mistakes when you were a kid. Like it or not, our parents are complex and emotional people, just like we are. When they're gone, you won't care; I promise.