What I Remember- For My Mom
My grandmother was suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s when she passed away. She had not been herself for quite awhile. While I was with my mom today, she told me she was trying to remember what her mother was like before- before the disease took over.
Well Mom, this is what I remember.
Sitting on her back porch and listening to her sing “There is Sunshine in My Soul Today.”
Taking me back-to-school shopping and making me feel beautiful.
Always telling me to put some color on my lips!
How she did everything the RIGHT way- ha! You know its true J
Her visits- how excited we were for her to come, and how heartbroken we were when she had to go.
Her late night phone calls when I was all alone in Boston. We would talk recipes, gardening, sewing, and about how much she missed Grandpa.
How much she loved Christopher.
The stories we would send back and forth through the mail, full of unicorns, rainbows, and princesses.
Calling me on the telephone to help Sarah and ME try to get along so you wouldn’t lose your mind.
How, even after she was sick, she LIT UP every time my babies came into the room.
How she held and kissed my girls.
The relationship between you and her- (her only daughter) best of friends.
Always telling me to put color on my cheeks. “PINCH THOSE CHEEKS AT LEAST,” she would say.
Her letters. Her XOXO Grandma.
How her Grandchildren were the loves of her life.
How she would tell Grandpa how it really was.
HOW SHE SURVIVED.
HOW SHE LOVED.
HOW SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.
AND HOW SHE WILL BE WHEN WE SEE HER AGAIN.
Mom, that’s what I remember.