My mother has told me time and time again, “I’m still your mom, even though you’re an adult.” She still worries. She still jumps at the chance to take care of me — if I’m sick, stressed out, or need help with the kids. And I think I’m finally starting to get it, now that my kids are getting older and more independent. I can see myself “mothering” them far behind their childhood years, because that’s what moms do. And one mom from Liverpool, England is certainly proving that this tendency is universal. She’s not done mothering yet, either — even though she’s 98 and her son is 80 years old.
As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail earlier this week, 80-year-old Tom Keating moved into Moss View Care Home in Liverpool in 2016 because he needed additional care and support. And about a year later, so did his mom Ada.
“The mother and son, originally from Wavertree, are inseparable and love spending time together playing games or watching Emmerdale,” Daily Mail reports.
Tom, who never married, has always lived with Ada (now a widow), so this was the next logical step once he had to move into Moss View. And the two are happier than ever to be reunited.
“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him [too],” Ada told the paper. “I’ll tell him I’m coming down for breakfast. When I go out to the hairdressers he’ll look for me to see when I’m coming back.” (Doesn’t that just get you right in the heart?)
Ada, a former auxiliary nurse, and Tom, a former painter and decorator, are together every single day and sometimes act just like any other mother and son.
“Sometimes she’ll say ‘behave yourself,'” Tom shared. “She’s very good at looking after me.”
And Ada says the one thing we all know to be true: “You never stop being a mum.”
Although Tom did not have his own children, Ada still has two other living daughters, so they both have extended family who comes to see them often. One such relative is Ada’s granddaughter (and Tom’s niece) Debi Higham.
Debi tells Daily Mail that “there’s no parting them. It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.” Moss View Care Home also tells Babble that sometimes, up to five generations of the Keating family will visit at once!
What a beautiful story of the true meaning of motherhood. And a testament to just how much we need our moms, no matter our age. I know that when I need help, a shoulder to cry on, or some homemade chicken noodle soup, I can still call my mother. And she loves it when I do. I imagine I’ll be the same someday when my kids are grown. Playing shuffleboard with them and making sure they behave when I’m well into my nineties sure sounds like a beautiful way to see my life come full circle.