Join Jan at Simple Joys Saturday
I have been enjoying time with my mom as she visits us this month, and on Monday she and I went to our local zoo to see the flower garden there. We have been having a lot of rain, so getting out on a warm and sunny day was indeed a simple joy. Mom had both flower gardens and a very large vegetable garden on our farm where I grew up, and it was fun to have her point out the flowers that she knew as well as to learn the names of a few neither of us had ever seen.
I have mentioned before that Mom has Alzheimers, and so each time a window of her life as a young girl opens, it is a joy to see and hear about. My husband took our grandson Jack to two fishing derbies recently, and that has brought back memories Mom has of fishing with her father. She said her 2 brothers never went, but she and my grandpa went quite a bit, and to this day she loves to eat fish. She helped me pick out fish at the grocery store recently, and we will be cooking that up soon.
Mom also came along when I babysat our grandchildren a few times this week. She is not used to the noise and activity, but she does enjoy getting to know them. We spent a morning with my granddaughter, and the next day, she cried that she wanted her "grandma", my mom, as I am Nana. That made Mom feel good!
I am seeing the dificulties that come with age in my mom, such as the need for a cane to keep her steady, the pain of arthritis as well as pain from a couple of bad falls, and a few other things that have really slowed her down, but it is the Alzheimers that is the most difficult to watch. She has a home near my sister in the midwest and also a small home in AZ, but she has trouble remembering either one of them. I am sorry to say that I do not have pictures of these homes on the inside, but we do talk about them alot to help her feel secure that she does, indeed, have a home that she will be going to soon (in the midwest).
I am so glad to have this time with Mom, since we live quite far apart and I do not see her often. This has been such a joy to me and I thank my Lord for giving us this time together.
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He,
I am He who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you."