I love this image… it’s one of my favorite sunsets. Regardless of what the day has held, I look forward to seeing the colors in the sky each evening. They remind me of the “gifts” we’ve been blessed with that day.
We’ve awakened, our eyes have seen the sunrise and now the sunset. We’ve enjoyed each other’s company. Shared a laugh, a smile and maybe even albeit, too short, lucid conversations or moment of clarity where there may have been none only a moment previously.
Care-giving can be tough.. but there are multiple joys as well if we choose to look, see and delight in them.
My challenge for you, dear readers, is to make the moments count today and at the end of the day, reflect on one of the many “gifts” you’ve experienced throughout the day. Let it lift your spirits and prepare you for more beauty in the days to come.
Today, will be just another ordinary day. Nothing spectacular happening. Nothing notable on the calendar…. at least it’s that way from Mom’s perspective. To me, it’s a whole different story!
We have another opportunity to share space and time with Mom. An experience we wouldn’t have imagined being possible a few short years ago! We get to experience everything at a “heart” level.
So grateful for
each and every smile.
moments of laughter
tapping of toes in time to the music
occasional bursts of conversation
rare moments of lucidity
recall of a memory from long ago
the occasional calling me by name
sense of humor
Looking forward to a #bestday kind of day! Nothing says this is just “another day” in my books.
As always, every day brings something new our way in this journey with Alzheimer’s. As easy it might be to fall in the woo is me trap, we find joy in every day we have with Mom despite the “junk” that sometimes creeps up on us.
The leaves have begun to change into brilliant shades of gold, yellow, orange and red. The mountains are boasting their first dusting of snow on the peaks and it was such a beautiful sight to behold. The colors begin to fade — just as memories continue to fade even more with Mom.
Late night conversations, bursts of energy to cook, answer the door, find something that might be lost have been our latest challenges… Grateful she still wants to do something, even if it’s 2 am or another 0’dark thirty time. Smiles and eyes that twinkle are still an everyday thing. Laughter, tapping to music, favorite foods and a root beer shake are highlights of our week. Speech is becoming less frequent and garbled at times, but there are still those moments that Mom brings us to our knees with a zinger! LOVE IT!