Grateful for the moments…
There have been so many moments this past week that have reminded us to find Joy. See the joy and live the joy, regardless of the circumstances. Thankfully, we were able to find some in nearly every instance and happening. While “change” was definitely a huge part of our week, maintaining the routine for Mom’s sake proved a bit challenging at times. However, even with things being a bit up in the air and the routine slightly out of sync for a few days, we all managed well and thankfully, at the end of each day, the smiles, thank you’s and I love you’s continued to fill the air.
There’s generally a smile — as the day begins and again as the day ends. Some days the smiles are bigger and her face and eyes light up with such a sweet and delightful energy. But those days are becoming fewer and definitely farther apart. Alzheimer’s is taking that away too. She slips a little further into the forest every month. It’s hard to gauge how far sometimes as there are flickers of lucidity… moments of being “all present” that bless us with an all too brief glimpse at the Mom we all know and love — and will continue to love.
Mom, your light continues to “glow” albeit a bit dimmer as your Alzheimer’s progresses. We reflect on moments, experiences, your growing up years and friendships past and present. There are days your smiles are much broader as the memories flood and bring joy to your heart.
You gave us perfect examples of:
- Family first.
- Work Ethic.
These were and are all important components in our lives. You set a wonderful example for us – and we are truly blessed to call you Mother. Thanks for being our light for all these years and guiding our paths… your gentleness, sweet smiles, thoughtfulness never cease to amaze me even on the darkest of days when your light seems to go a little dimmer.