hidden pain

As we watch Mom move deeper and deeper into the fog filled forest of Alzheimer’s, I’m forever grateful to have the opportunity to spend these micro-moments with her.

We celebrated her 86th birthday a few days ago… what a gift to have nearly all of us together for a couple of hours to catch up, enjoy seeing Mom’s smiles and even make a few memories along the way.

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We’re grateful to spend time together as a family ….. finding joy in those moments helps ease the pain of the daily loss of the little things.

Recently, I shared a project with her… a small piece of artwork I’d been working on.  I saw the delight in her eyes replaced with a wistful look of remembrance of art she had created not so many years ago.  I’m grateful we still have a few pieces of her art and can share some of those pieces as a memory with her in printed and digital form.  Tears form in her eyes as she traces the images with her fingers, feels the textures on the canvases.  Together, we breathe through the moments and move forward.

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