THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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For the last 5 weeks, we have had my mother-in-law living with us during a painful time with the hospitalization and passing of her husband and my wife’s father. I’m so encouraged about her progress and where she is now vs when she came to us.

I see the spark in her eye again. I hear motivation in her voice. I see her body improving and growing stronger. I see her mind clicking along at a greater rate. I see her humor returning. And now she is moving on to the next family member for a little while. I was thinking about how lucky she is to have a large caring family. And I do mean caring.

No matter your speed. Get them wheels turning. Photo by Mike Hartley

This was my second experience in care-giving. My first one lasted over 5 years with my own Mom. I guess that is why this came naturally to me. She is such a kind soul it was so easy to try to meet her needs and engage her and help her heal from the loss she experienced. Now I can move the focus back to my better half for a short period.

We are going to hit our 40th anniversary this year. They were in the mid-’60s for a total. The good part is that you get to share that many years with a good person. The tough part is losing that person.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Time is the most precious stone.
  • Doing the right thing can really get in the way of a lot of fun.
  • Take a break, you earned it says my brain.
  • I’m almost giddy about having a few minutes to do some photography this weekend.
  • If you have ever worked over 20 years someplace, leaving it can be traumatic.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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