Mother won't exit her front gate on foot. If she is not driven by friend or family, she won't go. I could perhaps excuse her if she had never used public transport or taxis, but she used to.
Mother, who is 77, had a visit from a distant relative or childhood friend. I am not quite sure which. I will call the friend F, because her name is Faye and using F saves me typing. F is 80 years old. F broke her leg at christmas and is now using a stick to get about.
F lives Mildura way. She travels by bus and two trains and a bus to visit her daughter who lives in Diamond Creek. Not a bad effort for an 80 year old.
But then F comes to visit Mother. Bus to the station, long suburban train trip to the city, long suburban train trip to Mother's suburb and then taxi to Mother's for F to listen to Mother complain about her own medical problems.
Mother did compliment F on her independence. 'I have had to be', she replied. Her husband suicided due to financial pressures at a young age and she was left with debts and three young children to raise.
It is very lucky that Mother was a good mother when we were kids, and good even when we were older and had problems. She is in credit I suppose. She is certainly using her credits up now.