We visited mom yesterday. Roger and I arrived first, and found mom asleep in her recliner. I mean really, really asleep! We could not wake her up, yet she didn’t seem to be in distress, so we decided to just wait. In a few minutes our son, his wife and three daughters arrived. Despite all the chatter, activity and laughter that ensues when we get together, mom slept on.
What a difference from a few years ago! I visit to grandma’s always meant she practically waited by the doors with open arms and a big smile. She had a meal prepared and hoped you came to ‘stay awhile’. Grandma always had things to show that she had sewed, and no visit was complete without a visit to the flower garden and vegetable garden. We never left without Grandma pressing food and treats upon us.
Finally after about 30 minutes mom awoke. Startled, she looked around at the room full of people. After a minute she smiled. The smile widened as she noticed the three great granddaughters. With her limited speech capabilities, I view her smile as priceless, perhaps that’s why I love to take her great grands to visit, because she so loves to see them.
I brought a small bouquet of flowers picked from my flower garden, and she loved that also. When I brought it closer for her to see, her hand closed around the vase and she just held on. Our hands touched, and our hearts did also. Even though almost everything else has changed, we both still love our children, and our flowers and each other.