Natchez man finds interesting way to stay in contact with mother

Published 9:00 pm Friday, May 8, 2020

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NATCHEZ — Eddie Walker of Natchez said he only has one mother to love so he takes every opportunity he can to see and talk to her.

This Mother’s Day, the COVID-19 pandemic has, unfortunately, placed the health of many people’s loved ones at risk if they get too close.

However, Walker said he devised a safe way to continue visiting his mother, Norma Walker, 97, twice a day at Adams County Nursing Center by standing outside her window and talking to her on the phone.

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Before the pandemic started, Walker said he routinely sat down with his mother at the nursing home and ate meals with her.

“They went into lockdown eight weeks ago at Adams County Nursing Center and I’ve asked my mother to please stay in her room and not go out,” Walker said. “I have the ability to stand right outside her window and talk to her on the phone and that has been a huge blessing. … It works out well except when her phone battery dies or when she can’t find it.”

Walker said he still visits his mother at her window twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening as the weather permits.

“I do it because I love her. She’s my momma,” He said. “She’s my only mom and I’m her only child. She has done so much for me I can’t count it all. She and my daddy both did. … I can’t say enough about either one of them.”