When Life Happens

You know when you’re on a roll, you have things you want to accomplish, a plan is in action and you’re on your way?

Then…life happens.

A few weeks back, my 84-year-old mother had a terrible time with a series of seizures, a couple falls, hospitalization, rehab, back to the hospital, and now back at the rehab facility. We almost lost her, but now, thank God, she’s very slowly on the road to recovery. My greatest hope now is that she’ll recover enough to have a good quality of life for some years ahead. My family and I (and physical and occupational therapists) will be working with her and encouraging her so that this can be the reality.

She lives three hours away from me, so between visits and many phone conversations with doctors, I got my work done, but I pushed my writing and submitting to the back burner—and the burner was off!

I’m coming up for air now, and will try to squeeze in some submissions.

I still have that hope and dream that someday Mom will hold a book in her hands that says “by Linda Covella,” a book that she “just knew” was going to happen, a book that will be dedicated to her, because she really truly is the best mom anyone could hope for.

About lindacovella

I am an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens.
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10 Responses to When Life Happens

  1. muriellerites says:

    I had the same hope and dream for my mother, but it never came to be. As writers, we have the tendency to push our writing aside to see to the needs of others. In essence, writing accomplishes the same goal– words meets a reader’s need to laugh, cry, escape, learn or want to continue on. Writers have that need to see to others. So putting your writings aside to see to Mom is a natural process, a matter of setting priorities and seeing to the greater need.
    My dream didn’t have time to happen but I know my mother always believed in me. I continue now because I know she still does.
    I send your Mom enough happy and sunny days to see you through.


    • lindacovella says:

      Murielle, I’m sorry your mother never had a chance to read your beautiful writing. But all you said is true. Thank you.

  2. That book will happen. You have too much talent for it to be otherwise. So sorry you and your family had to deal with all that, and sending my best healing thoughts your mom’s way. You are so wise to put family before work, though. It shows you know what’s really important no matter how behind you are. It will all work out all right.

  3. Wayne Sedgwick says:

    Our dreams are the most precious thing we have, I hope you get to share yours with your mom. My best to you both, Linda.

  4. Sorry to hear, Lynda. Good that you’re so close to her. I’m sure she’ll hold your book one day, and be so very proud.

  5. katywaltersreviews says:

    I share your feelings. I have an 92 year old mother with Alzheimers and Vascular dementia. and needs twenty -four hour care. But to our joy she still recognizes us although sometimes it takes a few moments. We can also hold a lucid conversation as long as it in the immediate moment. A neighbour said she felt sorry I had to suffer such an unhappy situation, but I told her I was so fortunate to still have my mother and I treasure every moment. I can enjoy visiting her at the nursing home which is only four minutes walk from our house. We can still enjoy a glass of wine and cheese biscuits together, sitting in the sun on a lovely day. So God bless and I wish your Mum a speedy recovery.

    • lindacovella says:

      Thanks so much, Katy. And I’m happy you still have such a wonderful relationship with your mother. Very sweet.

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