Scott Man Husband sees his exhausted mother-in-law in kitchen - this friends, is what greatness looks like.
Photo Cred: Scott Mann

This friends… is what greatness looks like in a quiet moment.

 

Global (22 October 2020) – When Scott Mann met his mother-in-law for the first time, he felt that they would hardly become best friends.

But seven years into his marriage, life took a dramatic turn. Scott’s wife was diagnosed with leukaemia. She was only 30-years-old. Since then he has realised that his mother-in-law is actually a real-world superhero.

One morning he saw his mother-in-law sitting in the kitchen – exhausted and heartbroken.

He took to Facebook to share their story (get the tissues ready):

She taught me it’s important work to see someone for who they are and not what you expect.

When I first met my mother-in-law I had a hard time understanding her thick south Virginia accent. And she seemed a little bossy in that southern passive-aggressive polite way. But I knew she was important to the love of my life, so I accepted her grudgingly as some of us do when family is forced on us.

After 5 years I still didn’t really know her.

When my wife got leukaemia at 30. When our world was shattered and changed forever, Sharon very quietly and very firmly stepped into the role she was born for. She moved, with her dependent Vietnam vet husband, into our house and became Michele’s caretaker too.

Over the last two years, she bought most of the groceries, cooked almost every meal, did most of the laundry and cleaning, drove both dependents to almost every one of the 300+ doctor appointments, sorted tens of thousands of pills, and made sure they were all taken on time at every hour every day.

And she did this when she herself was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago. When she was getting a mastectomy. When she is going through chemo.

She hums when she works. She talks to herself when there’s no one to listen, and she goes about every day with humility and grace.

I took this photo before I left work this morning. She didn’t know I was there.

This, friends, is what greatness looks like in a quiet moment. Waiting on oatmeal to cook for her daughter for the 300th time since she got sick.

Not everyone gets to have a real-world superhero in their lives. And for this, I am filled with gratitude every day.


Sources: Scott Mann 
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