So today I went to see my grandmother in her assisted living home. For those of you who do not know, my grandmother is 93 years old and has the first stages of Alzhiemers. Its amazing how her long term memory is so good and yet her short term is faltering. I thank God that when I go to see her she still knows who I am, and yet others she seems to forget. I find it very hard to see her in this condition, where most people think oh well she's not all there so it doesnt matter how we treat her: I find all the more she needs the respect she deserves for all the years she has given to me.
At times she can be a hoot, my g-ma always has had a sense of humor and Im glad to see she still does. I find my mother is very short and does'nt have the patience with her. When I go to see her I say to myself Im only going to stay a short while cuz its hard to see her like this, and today when I went I found myself there for 2 hours. Even though the conversations go off into never never land Im just glad I got to spend that time with her. What I thought was going to be difficult turns out to be a blessing for me and I find myself thankful she still has breath to speak to me even if what she is saying doesn't make sense.
I fed her, her dinner today and boy can that woman eat. And when I was going to say good bye she asked if I was going to spend the night. Which makes it all the harder to say good bye. But so I did and gave her a kiss and told her I loved her. Because I tuly do. And that only comes because I respected her first.
Remember to cherish and respect your elders, you wil be surprized what you can take away from them.