Dedicated to my Mom!
Alzheimer’s Disease in your family can either break your heart, or one can live with what they have. This disease seems to take away the very person you have known all of your life, but this is not true. My Mom has Alzheimer’s.
It is sad no doubt, but being the kids we were raised to be, we hit it head on. Mom has no memory most of the time, of what happened in the last-minute, yet she can go back as far as you want. This also means she never forgets all you did as a kid, things I would like to forget:>) Mom has never stopped being our mother though.
In the middle of the night she will get up, “hunting her babies.” She wakes my Dad up wanting to know, “Where her babies are?” You know I got to thinking about this.
Alzheimer’s has not taken away my mother. She is just now the mother, who held us when we cried, when we were in diapers. Who stayed awake all night when we were sick, rocking us. Who fed us with a bottle, mashed french fries, and threw them on our high chair tray. Who would have died if she would have ever lost one of us!
So instead of longing for the mother I wish I had today, “I embrace the mother “I” do not remember.”
God Bless, SR