Some roles or responsibilities are not necessarily bound by retirement age or period, and may continue throughout a person’s lifetime.
But why would someone choose to continue their “job” when they could be enjoying their retirement in comfort? It’s because being a mom is a lifelong commitment.
The staff at a senior home were privileged to witness an extraordinary display of devotion between a 98-year-old mother and her son, who was only a decade younger.
Shortly after Tom Keating was admitted to the nursing home, his mother also joined him within a year.
Originally hailing from Wavertree, the mother and son duo relocated to a care home in Liverpool. While Tom settled into a life of care and comfort, his mother insisted on continuing to look after him.
Ada Keating gave birth to Tom when she was only 18, and they have been inseparable ever since. Their bond was a cherished “tradition” that they were both determined to maintain.
The staff at the senior home were thrilled to witness the uncommon bond of a mother and son residing together.
Typically, residents of the senior home are siblings or married couples who belong to the same generation. However, the mother and son duo defied the norm, and despite their age, their endearing habits remained unchanged.
“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him.” Ada shared with the Liverpool Echo, “I’ll tell him I’m coming down for breakfast.”
Although some may assume that their relationship has evolved with age, nothing could be further from the truth. Tom still interacts with his mother like a child, but in the most heartwarming way.
Ada shared with delight that whenever she goes out to the hairdresser, Tom eagerly looks for her return. She fondly mentioned that Tom would greet her with open arms, eagerly anticipating a warm embrace upon her arrival.
Tom was grateful that they get to live together.
Tom expressed gratitude towards the staff for their exceptional care, while Ada, true to her motherly nature, continued to fulfill her role as a doting and devoted mom.
Tom shared that his mother still looks out for him, even going so far as to admonish him to behave himself when the need arises, though he believes such situations are few and far between.
Tom is one of four children.
Barbara and Margi are Tom’s sisters. Janet was Ada and Harry’s daughter, but she passed away at the tender age of 13.
Tom worked as a painter and decorator for HE Simm building services, and chose not to get married. As a result, he lived with Ada for his entire life.
They were also visited by the family regularly.
Debi, Ada’s granddaughter, and other family members often visit to see both Ada and Tom. They are delighted to see the two taking care of each other.
Truly, a mother’s work is never finished. Ada and Tom are fortunate to have the remaining years of their lives to be spent in each other’s company.
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