‘The Storm is Worth It’

My friend and colleague Jenny Leigh Hodgins has started podcasting.  In this piece below she stands side by side with her mother, looking mortality square in the face as the Kentucky storms rage around them.

The Storm is Worth It

It is so good to hear a voice from a carer (other than the ubiquitous ‘mummy blogs’). Caring is a life so often unheard. Yet carers are a thread throughout the fabric of every town and village, in every country on the planet, that if pulled out would lead to society’s unravelling.

It is usually a female perspective. And it is an existence governed ultimately by the natural rhythms of life, no matter what else you squeeze in around it, and by quiet perseverance, and by finding the light inside people, including yourself.

I was privileged a few years ago to act as a musical transcriber and arranger for a carer with no musical training who wrote songs, Linda Bailey. She died rather suddenly of lung cancer, but the glimpse into her life altered my perceptions of what it is to be a person. She was forced to find resources she didn’t know she had, and wrote about finding the light inside herself that helped her carry on.

I’m really grateful to Jenny for sharing where she is. Her thoughtful writing and lovely reading made me slow down and really listen. A window into a mind and a life, right now, in its own present. Also, I’d heard her piano music before, but I think the gentle, reflective tone fits this material perfectly.

One thought on “‘The Storm is Worth It’

  1. Katharine,
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful perspective. Your gentleness and reflection humble me. I’m going through an internal transition as I face the onslaught of health, medical, aging and mortality issues that accompany life as a caregiver. My sister, a research administrator at University of Kentucky, has shared some grim statistics with me about the reality that, as you mention, most caregivers are women, usually in their 50s, and typically juggling other family or work/biz responsibilities with caregiving. And the availability of caregivers is predicted to decline dramatically by the time I personally would need one. Hence, more aging and assisted living facilities are in demand to address that in the near future. As grim and lonely as it seems, your perspective really hits the nail on the head in that the most important part of this human drama is finding the light within us all. It can be a deeper struggle to find it, but in my experience so far, it is the key to a meaningful life. Thanks again for honoring me by sharing my post on my role as caregiver with Mom. Thank goodness for the power of nurturing women like you, whose voices calm the storms for others.

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