Rioja for Ena

Here’s a tune I wrote for my mum it’s a waltz for Ena she’s in her 80’s and now lives in a care home in Huntingdon as she has complex medical needs. Her separation from my father was hard to witness after 50 years of marriage they were inseparable and love each other deeply. When my father could no longer look after her, he visited her every day until Lockdown in March.

In May my mother was diagnosed with Corona Virus and we got the call from the care home it doesn’t look like she’s going to make it she’s not talking and having trouble breathing. My brother called and asked what should do? We started talking about mum and I asked him what would she really like and he said Rioja later on that day armed with a bottle of Rioja my brother donned the full PPE required to enter the care home. My mother was asleep so he left the wine by the bed with her favourite chocolates for good measure.

We got a call from the care home the following evening she’s awake, her breathing is much easier she’s smiling and laughing and drinking the Rioja and enjoying the chocolates,

A testament to the miraculous restorative powers of Rioja and the fortitude of my mother.