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Thanks Mom

mom age 96

So much to be thankful for:

I am thankful to my parents, Jean and Bob, who had a 72 year romance that withstood the tests of time and Alzheimer’s.

I am thankful that I was able to accompany Mom on her journey with Alzheimer’s—learning to relax, listen, be present—letting go of the person who was and embracing the wonderful woman who was with me now.

I am thankful that she opened my eyes and heart and mind to the truth that people who live with memory loss can live with fulfillment, and creativity and joy.

I’m thankful for her remarkable artwork and that of so many others— delightful, surprising and remarkable, their power awakened so many to that truth.

I am thankful that while her memory faded, she was distilled to her essence—generous, helpful, curious and kind, finding the world to be just delightful.

I am thankful for my father who taught me again at the end.  Seeing him in his hospital bed in a state that would have left me in despair, he still lived with purpose, reminding me, Life looks different from where I am.

I am thankful for my Aunt Louise, now 97 and a WWII vet who would much rather be living in Hawaii.

I am thankful I met Evelyn and Ruby and Gloria and Flora and Jane and Sue and Phyllis and Kathleen— wonderful women all who became my adopted mothers.

Thank you Mom. You have made me a better person.  Love you now and forever.