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Who’s inspiring me today? Tricky P!

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Who’s inspiring me today? Tricky P!

As I get older, I have become interested in issues that, really, didn’t affect me so much when I was younger. Like care giving. As I've been getting older, so has my mom. Go figure. She’s still living on her own, but now she needs more support than she used to. [caption id="attachment_13945" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rosa, my mom, with her newest grandson, Alex. Hopefully, he will be as caring as Tricky P when he gets a little older![/caption] Instead of her making me meals, I often make dinner and freeze it in portions for her. Since my dad died, the ladies need someone to drive them to church on Sundays, so my sister and I alternate duties. And she likes to do her grocery shopping on Saturdays at Lady York supermarket, a grocery store specializing in Italian products. Sometimes I just drop in now for a coffee. This is a huge contrast to how my younger self treated my mom. Sometimes, when I was a teen, she’d embarrass me. Sometimes when I first moved out, weeks would go before I’d pick up the phone to call her or talk to my dad. Sometimes l couldn’t wait to get off the phone with her. I was young, I was busy, I really had no time. And I thought, it's OK, they have each other, I’m living my life now. And I did. But then, like I said, my dad died. And then, suddenly, I was divorced. So my mom called me every night to make sure I was OK. She gave me money. She helped me take care of my son. She made me meals. And she loved me when I felt so unloveable. So, the good news is, I feel like I'm starting to get it now. But when a coworker sent me this video to look at, I couldn't believe it. Here's a young man, a kid,a hip-hop artist, rapping. About taking care of his grandmother. It’s crazy. But it's really good. [HTML1] It’s called “Lucky.” And he talks about how lucky they still are to have his grandmas around. They make him laugh, they make hearty meals. And what it’s like when his grandma has a stroke and needs a care giver. And how he steps in to help. The video pops up on CareGiverProject, a web-based public education initiative that hopes to increase awareness of aging, family and caregiver issues impacting the lives of well, more and more, Canadians now, as we are an aging population. So cheers, to you, Tricky P, aka Patrick Stephens. You are very talented – and you’re a smarter person than I ever was at your age. How about you? Do you care for anyone?   
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