Friday, May 02, 2014
This is the last picture of Mom sent to me by my Sister....taken at Easter. Mom will be 85 this year. She lives in our home town at a Assisted Care Home....she has Alzheimer's Dementia. Her Dad lived and died with Alzheimer's and so did her only brother and her Oldest Sister. Mom is doing well as long as she is talked to regularly and stimulated mentally. It breaks my heart to live so far away from her. . . so I could do more. She also has hearing loss which prevents me from talking to her on the phone. I am able to make yearly visits....and although she don't remember my name she knows me and I always feel blessed for that.
Mom and Dad raised six kids....I am the oldest. I have memories of her sewing little dresses for us when she had three little girls that were less than a year apart when we were 1,2,3, years old . She is very artistic...each of her kids have an oil painting she painted. She made big homemade Easter Eggs at Easter ...Candy and Cookies at Christmas. She prepared meals everyday ....and everything on a shoe string budget. Mom was very active....walked everywhere. She stayed the winter with me in 2009 and we went to the Wellness Center and did Aqua Fit Class five days a week. She was starting to lose her memory then and some exercises were difficult for her to get but she never gave up and with help from my instructor she would get it for that day. But Mom became home sick for her Wild Wonderful West Virginia and in Spring before Mother's Day and after Easter family came and took her back home. Losing her independence was hard on her and family too but she needed to be safe and when it did not work out staying at my younger Sister's home, we found a place. I miss her dearly and wish everyday she could have stayed with me if not forever....then longer. Happy Mother's Day, Mom ....I love you.
Mother's Day was first celebrated at a Church in my hometown by a lady named Anna Jarvis. It is a big holiday everywhere but especially in my home town. When I was young the Churches would pass out Carnations to all Mothers. White, Pink, and Red, all had a special meaning. (white- Mother Deceased, red- Mother alive pink Mother alive) Mom was given a special gift for being the Mother with the most kids after her best friend who had 10 children passed away. ..gifts for the oldest and youngest mother was given and I think, the newest Mother.
So all you women who are Mothers and you women who are mothering someone else s kids or you women who are teachers, nurses, or mother animals or what ever. You all are special; you choose to give of yourself...for the health and well being of another. Blessings to you. Don't forget to let someone else know how special they are .....whether it be your Mom, Aunt, or Friend or Neighbor. You help me with your encouragement here, day in day out. That is kind of Mothering. So you all Have a Wonderful Mother's Day and Thank You!!!!!