When I was Arizona recently to speak at two separate events, a man approached me. I had just finished setting up my table for the conference and he introduced himself to me.. I was pleased to find out it was Frank Granberg with is wife Mary. They had contacted me wanting to meet while I was in town. they had strong interest in learning more about the Purple Angel Project and Dementia Friendly Communities.
As I reached out to shake Frank’s hand,
he gave me a beautiful wood carving he had made for me.
To My Surprise – It Was A Purple Angel!
This piece of art work is especially precious to me as when I was at the Alzheimer’s Association Conference in Mesa that day, I was also away from my mother who was dying and in hospice. Mom had been struggling with dementia for over 30 years, but she made it very clear to me I was to go and speak and I was not to stop once she passed. Two hours after my last presentation, mom slipped away into the heavens.
Thank you Frank for sharing your kindness and creative skill with me. You and Mary will always have a special place in my heart.