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Let’s put my frame chopper in the guest bedroom

framemaster-cutting-machine-250x250On the day we communicated that  the town house transferred ownership, my brother and I arrive at my parent’s apartment together. My mom is too aggressive and confrontational to send any one in alone.

We show up and immediately run to the jigsaw puzzle set up in the living room. We started a 1000-piece puzzle a few days ago as an activity we could all do together. While neither of my parents would start a puzzle now, we used to do them when we were younger and it gives us a neutral activity

My mom paces around the room like a caged tiger. She is ready for activity. My dad is happy sitting alongside us and will accept direction. He seems to find a safe harbor from my mom’s agitation.

My mom will come in the room and demand to know where the items from the town house are. We tell her we moved it all into storage and have it labeled. We can arrange to go get anything from storage — what does she want?

“I want my frame chopper. I just got permission to put it into the apartment yesterday and want to move it in here.”

If you haven’t seen one, it’s a pretty large piece of equipment and it belongs in a workshop, not a bedroom. However, this isn’t going to be a reasonable conversation, so we just agree to act on her request. We tell her we will call to have it arranged to be delivered. She demands that we drive her to the storage facility and load it in the back of the car.

We suggest we start measuring to figure out where it will go and where to place it. My mom get’s her yardstick and we talk through the project. We discuss which pieces of furniture that would need to be moved. We offer to move the bureau and put the pictures into the storage unit but my mom does not want help, she just wants to know when the chopper will be moved into the guest bedroom.

We patiently take turns working alongside or repeating the conversation to keep her busy. It is the only topic and activity that seems to bring her peace now. Practiced.

4 comments on “Let’s put my frame chopper in the guest bedroom

  1. Maybe you could tell her it will not be delivered until next week and hope
    she will forget about it ?????

  2. Thanks for the note. You can bet we did. We had to remind her how heavy it was and that we had to hire movers to bring it to the apartment. This happened on a Saturday morning so we could explain that the storage facility wasn’t open until Monday. Sadly, we had this same conversation many, many times.

  3. You should be very proud of your patience.
    ps. these blogs continue to confront me about what is ahead for my beloved husband and two young men… terrified!

    • Every one is so different. I think you are so attuned and aware and already planning – my mom just didn’t recognize, but is starting, too how confused and difficult every day really was becoming.

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