Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5b
From the archives – September 21, 2015
I look out my window and see you standing there, all forlorn in your red jacket and shoes. My heart breaks into a million pieces as you look around lost in another world.
I’m helpless to fix you. I wish I could take you in my arms, hold you tight and make the pain go away.
Memories of things said in haste flood my mind; things I wish I could unsay because I didn’t know. I didn’t know you couldn’t always help it; I didn’t know how bad you were hurting.
How we were all hurting. Walking around in a fog trying to make sense of the new normal. In many ways we are all ill – it has changed us. We dig deep trying to find answers; trying to hold onto hope, but failing in so many ways.
I don’t want you to leave before you go. I want you full and present while you’re still with us. I know it’s not about me, it’s not about any of us really.
We’re the burden bearers reaching out to you to offer comfort, accepting the reality that it’s never enough. I stifle screams for mercy and laugh with you over whimsy and words that have no meaning.
The laughter is the mask that helps us live, otherwise, we’d cry tears unto death. We won’t give in without fighting. I won’t lose you. You are still you.,
I wait for a glimmer of your essence and thank God for you. I blink away tears as I watch you walk away and I pray for mercy, strength, and peace.
Later, I’ll cry those tears and hope they wash everything new again.
I came across the above words from the blog archives last night as I was planning ahead for today’s post:
Journal – October 5, 2018
I still remember the day I looked out my window and saw Mom standing on the sidewalk beside her house. She had on her favorite denim dress, red canvas, shoes and a red jacket. Red was always one of her colors. I will never forget how she was standing there, staring across the yard. She seemed so defenseless and I just wanted to run to her, hug her close and tell her everything would be alright. That memory still breaks my heart.
One thing that stands out to me was the resolve not to lose her. It didn’t matter if she was losing memories, I would remember for both of us. I told her on several occasions that she didn’t have to worry about what she couldn’t remember because I’d remember for her. And many times I did just that. She’d ask questions about people or events and I’d give her the answers. As many times as it took.
Another way that I held on to not losing her was humor. She could still say things to make me laugh. At times in the middle of a conversation, she would come out with a one-liner that hit the nail on the head that made us all take notice. She loved to tease people and make them smile.
As devastating as Alzheimer’s is I’m convinced that if we hold on tight it can never truly take away the essence of a person. Mom’s personality still shone through and for that, I am eternally grateful.
I’m starting to realize that even though she is gone now I can never truly lose her. She will always live in my heart and my memories. Maybe you can relate.
I hope you don’t mind my sharing from the archives. Yesterday’s post was draining and in preparing for today’s I couldn’t find direction until I came across this old post and it somehow seemed like the right time to share it again. Memoires are an important part of the grieving process.
Grace for the journey,
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