Motherhood is sacred, and mothers are fully devoted to their children until their last breath. The love of the mother for her child is unmeasurable, unconditional, unlimited.
Erich Fromm described maternal love as follows:
“Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.”
Regardless of her age, a mother will be always there to help her children and make sacrifices, and Ada Keating is a great example of this. Back in 2017, Ada, 98 at the time, moved to the nursing home of her then- 80-year old son Tom, to take care of him.
Oh, this melts my heart!
Once more, this mother was there when her son needed her the most. First, Tom needed additional care that he could not receive at home, so in 2016, he moved to the Moss View care in Huyton, Liverpool.
The following year, Ada decided to go and be with him. They enjoy their time spent together, often playing cards and watching Emmerdale.
They have certain daily routines, as Ada explains:
“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him. 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. When I get back he’ll come to me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug. You never stop being a mum.”
They originally come from Wavertree, Liverpool, and have always been close, as Tom never married.
Tom added that they enjoyed their time at the nursing home, and he was very happy to have his mother with him. He said that she took very good care of him, and she would sometimes even say ” behave yourself”.
He is the oldest of the four children Ada and her late husband Harry had. He had three sisters, Janet, Margi, and Barbara, who passed away at 13. Before their retirement, he worked as a painter and decorator at HE Simm building services, while Ada worked as a nurse at Mill Road Hospital.
Their entire family regularly visits them, and sometimes, up to five generations of the Keating family come to see them!
Ada’s granddaughter, Debi Higham, said that it is “reassuring” for them “that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.”
Philip Daniels, the manager at this nursing home, said:
“It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs.
It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time as special as possible. They are inseparable.”
Touching, isn’t it?