Contributed by Milford Woods
I recently took my mom out to Anaheim, California to visit her cousin. They had not seen one another since they were young adults. They are now both in their seventies. My mom was quite apprehensive about flying, not having flown since she was in her early forties, and having developed some physical issues since that she felt would preclude her from comfortable travel. But, because she desperately wanted to reconnect with her cousin, she took medication to calm her nerves and boarded the plane with me. My mom gets nervous about a lot of things these days and I do not know if it is something that merely comes with age, or if there is something else going on. When we finally arrived at her cousin?s house, they hugged and cried and laughed together for a while before we decided to go out to dinner. Mom did not want to leave her jewelry at the house, fearing someone would come in while we were gone and steal it. Her cousin explained to her that she had a security service and that she always feels safe leaving her home. Mom did not know how to deal with her unfamiliar surroundings, but she understood and was calm and the trip turned out to be fabulous!