As Bob mention on his column a few days ago, the highlight of our trip to Father Franco’s place was meeting new people especially the 3 ladies who are from Peru. It was really nice talking to them, even the mom although sometimes we had a hard time understanding each other. We did enjoy talking about cooking which we both loved to do. She shared to me some recipes they do in Peru and I shared some stuff I cook here the Pinoy food and the foreign food. She’s looking for a place to buy some ingredients and I told her where I usually buy them.
One thing I asked Mama Cela is whether she would want to live here for good? Marianela interpreted my question to her mom. Mama Cela answered me back without hesitation that she definitely would want to live here for good. I asked her if ever she will get sick and be ill would she want to stay here and be treated here or would she want to go back to Peru? She said that she wants to stay here and be treated here. She said its also cheaper here to have a nurse 24 hours. She really is comfortable living here. I could really tell that they are happy here. The only thing she said that she’s not so happy sometimes the communication gap. She had a hard time explaining to people stuff that she wants. I guess also she’s missing her grandkids in Peru. But she said all in all shes happy living here.
Then yesterday I talked to my mother-in-law and I was talking to her about the ladies that we meet. I told her that Mama Cela really liked it here and stuff. Mom immediately told me that she never would want to live here because its too hot for her. She said she would rather suffer the cold weather than the hot weather. Wow, that was a shocked to me, because we already talked about this subject before that if time comes for her to be taken care of that she would be here in the Philippines and stay here. We don’t want her to stay in a nursing home there, and I know she doesn’t want it either. She said before that she likes the idea of having the 24/7 care here that she knows she can afford to pay. I think Mom really is scared to be away from the States right now because of the economic crisis. I had a feeling she thinks it is so bad here because of what happening now in the States. When she was here for a visit she even stopped taking some of her medication because she was feeling better. Almost all her medication that she is taking can be bought here too.
I hope that she will change her mind later. I know that Bob’s brother and family don’t have the time to take care for her later. I don’t blame them. They have to take care of themselves too. Hiring somebody to take care of her there will cost her a lot of money. Here, my family also told me that they will help us take care of her. If she feels that she wants to stay in the US when time comes up to her. Maybe her family there can take care of her too. Anyway I hope and pray that its still a long time for that to happen. Shes still young. I want her to enjoy her grandkids right now.