Picnic with Mom


Moving from Arizona to Colorado has been the best move for Nadine and me. I grew up in eastern Colorado in a little town between Limon and Burlington called Seibert. I graduated from Seibert High School (now called High Plains) and did my undergraduate education at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I stayed one year in Colorado before moving away. Tennessee. Florida. Massachusetts. Lebanon. Arizona. I was away 46 years. Away from my homeland. Over half of my life.

But now I’m back. Back in my homeland and know that this is where God wanted me to be. One of the benefits of being back in Colorado has been visiting my mother whenever I want to see her. She lives about 40+ miles from our house and it takes about 45 minutes to get to her home. She lives in an assisted living facility with cloth napkins, fresh cut flowers on the table with fancy silverware. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

So what does she want when I come over to visit her on a regular basis? McDonalds. A double cheese burger with fries and a coke. When she turned 100 a year ago January, I wanted to take her out to a nice restaurant to celebrate the place of her choice. What was her place of choice? The Golden Arches. McDonalds.

It’s been cold out the last couple of weeks, so she doesn’t want to get in my truck and drive to McDonalds, so I bring the double-cheese burger with fries to her apartment and we have a picnic in the middle of December.

I never thought that moving back to Colorado would bring such joy to my life by having a picnic with my mom. Every hour I spend with her is such a wonderful experience with a double-cheese hamburger, fries, and a coke.

On this journey, we are going to take right and left turns on the road of life. God has some wonderful experiences for us that were never spelled out when we chose to begin walking on the new road. It means that we need to keep our eyes open to those experiences and not miss out on the simple pleasures of life.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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1 Response to Picnic with Mom

  1. CL Larrabee says:

    Jim, I love this post and love that you get such special times with your mother still. I am laughing about our obsessions with diets and she is 100 and craving the golden arches! Great reminder that it’s about the relationships and experiences we share… and yes, the double cheese.

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