To You with Love…
Today I went to visit my Mother in the nursing home to wish her a Happy Valentines Day. Although she was not able to give me hug, eye contact was minimal to say the least, and she was not able to speak a word to me; the love between us is still strong. The connection between Mother and daughter is undeniable.
Mom’s light giggle warmed my heart as I rubbed her shoulders and the nap of her neck and held her hand. We both revel in the touch of one another no matter how simple it is.
In parting I gave her my usual kiss, said “I love you mom” and wished her a wonderful Valentines Day telling her my daughter Danielle would be up to see her a bit later and would be bringing her some chocolate. A curl of her lips which would be missed by most was captured by my watchful eye looking for the smallest of response. I smiled and left with full heart, filled with love for a woman I so admire and love.
To You with Love…
“Thank you Mom for all you have given to me over the years and who are. I could not have asked for a better mom and am grateful to be with you on this 30 year journey with dementia. The lessons learned have been amazing and made a better person. You continue to be my best friend and mentor.
All My Love Always
The gift of one more day with my mom is truly a blessing. I know in my mind this journey is nearing it’s end, and so these tiny little encounters are so very precious and priceless. It’s important for me to focus on the moments of today, vs. falling into the pit of fear of not having her tomorrow. I believe each one of these small moments I have captured over the years will help deal with that inevitable day of overwhelming loss that is to come.
Thank you all for your support and sharing this journey with us.