All 4 Perry brothers converged on Salem for last weekend to celebrate with their mother, the indomitable Sylvia Perry. I had been forewarned that Sylvia was having to use a walker and needed round-the-clock care but when Richard and I knocked on the door of her cheerful, spacious bungalow at the lovely Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community where she lives, it was she herself, sans walker, cane or any assistance whatsoever, who threw open the door and welcomed us in. She seemed spry, chipper and thrilled to have her family and friends around her for a delicious lunch that the staff at the center prepared for us all. I forgot my camera and so relied on others to take pictures some of them I include here but I hope I get others so I can name and show some of the devoted people who have made (and continue to make) Sylvia’s life safe and comfortable. There is Mo, for instance, her main caregiver. Mo is on a respirator because she has cancer and is going through chemo, yet her spirit is amazing, upbeat, caring. A truly remarkable woman. One of the things I adore about Sylvia is that she never ceases thanking, acknowledging and admiring all the people who help her. They were all present at all three gatherings. I will be sending a video that I made (with Randy’s help) in which they all introduce themselves..but it is being sent via snail mail. So–later for that. I just learned to use a flip video camera. In 7th heaven!!
Anyway, it was a fun weekend, especially cause I could find out things about Richard’s earlier life in Brooklyn and later in New Jersey, things about their father, Mack. Roger, the 2nd son after Richard, seems to have a better memory of details than Richard who had a bigger social life outside the family starting quite young. But Roger recounted some priceless stories.
I am not going into the election results. Still trying to understand its full ramifications. I wish the Dems could have been better and more strategic about telling the full story of all the the Obama administration has done–cause it has been wonderful. Could have been more, yes. Could have been tougher on those Wall Street bad guys who got us into the mess. But health care…I said I wasn’t going to get into it and I won’t. I am optimistic. I liked the president’s talk today. He wasn’t defensive. He was just as he should have been: sober, honest, open. My HUGE question remains: why do so many Americans vote against their base, core economic issues? I must go back and reread “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” It is astonishing and truly sickening that poor and lower middle class people vote to eliminate government–the only institution that can hope to protect their interests as long as it can be wrested away from corporate control!!! and vote to cut taxes for the rich etc etc. We MUST BE BETTER AT EDUCATING THE ELECTORATE!!