If you have children you know exactly what the woman featured in this piece is feeling, and know why she is doing what she is doing.
98-year-old Ada Keating, a mother from Liverpool, England, recently moved into a long-term care retirement home - to help take care of her 80-year-old son Tom. Tom Keating ended up moving into the Moss View care home in Huyton in 2016 because he had reached a point in his life where he needed constant care.
For the mother and son, this living arrangement isn't all that strange. Tom never got married and has always lived with his mother.
“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him. I’ll tell him I’m coming down for breakfast. When I go out to the hairdressers he’ll look for me to see when I’m coming back. When I get back he’ll come to me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug. You never stop being a mum,” said Ada.
As a parent myself, I often joke about when the time comes that all my kids are out living their own lives, that I will throw a party, at least half-heartedly. I can see where she is coming from, parenting is the hardest job in the world, and there is no early retirement.
There relationship has even stunned care home manager Philip Daniels, “It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs. It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible."
Ada's granddaughter and several other members of the extended family regularly visit the mother and son tandem. They all agree, Tom and Ada are much happier now that they are back together.
Do you think you would be able to do this for your child at the young age of 98?