Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tell The People

My sweet momma is 87 years old and has Alzheimer's. It is a terrible disease that has taken away much of the person she once was. Yet there is much of her personality still intact. One day I asked her how old she was. She answered that she didn't know, so I followed up by asking how old she thought she was. "I don't know.....twenty?" Her reply made me smile, after all, don't we all feel like we're still twenty down deep inside.

On another occasion when I asked her age, and again she had no idea, I told her how long she had lived and that she had a wonderful life. Then I asked, "Have you done everything you wanted to do?" She quietly shook her head. "What more would you like to do, momma?" Her answer touched me deeply and has rested on my heart, "Tell the people I love them." Wise words from a wise woman.

The past few years have instilled upon me some very important lessons: Life is a very precious and fleeting thing. We can't take it for granted. Each and every day is truly a blessing.

As we gather with family and friends this holiday season I hope we can all honor my dear momma's wish.

Have a Memorable Thanksgiving
and Don't Forget to
 Tell the People You Love Them.


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Thank you for a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Stacey said...

My father in law has Alzheimer's and his greatest struggle is finding the words he wants to use. He still prays out loud and shows lots of affection. Sometimes it's more of a hug but still the feelings and thoughts are there.

Happy Thanksgiving to you. :)

Mom and I, Hooked on Thrifting said...

Your post was so beautiful. My mother has alzheimers as well. She is 89 years old. I know the pain of watching one's mother live with this horrible disease. I pray for a cure.

So happy to have found your blog. So inspiring!

My daughter & I recently started a blog together as well. Hope that you check it out sometime when you get a chance. The URL is: Momandihookedonthrifting.blogspot.com

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Julie

{krista} said...

What a beautiful post! My mom is 84 and rapidly going downhill with dementia, so I can relate. It's so hard to watch them struggle to find words and remember.

the undomesticated wife said...

What a great response from her!

My husband's grandmother has Alzheimer's. It's so destructive and sad.

Karenj said...

What a wonderful post. I love your blog. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

May God bless you and your mama.

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