Two years ago today my Mom was set free from the disease that stole her thoughts, her memories, and her happiness. It robbed us of many days, weeks, months, years of the happy, loving woman she was. I missed her then. I miss her now.
So, I guess Mom wasn't the only one who wanted to say "hello". This afternoon I wrote a Christmas memory about my Dad on my Face Book page and stated that I miss him. An hour or so later my son and I went to the store to buy gifts for our dogs (toy candy canes, squeaky toys and rawhide bones) and then to another store to buy poinsettias to take out to my parents' gravesides. It was starting to get dark and by the time we got to the cemetery it was completely dark (and more than a little bit creepy) so we agreed to return in the morning when it was sunnier out there! Anyway... When we went to the first store, it looked like it may start to rain, so I made sure that the windows were all up and the doors locked before entering the pet store. We made that purchase and headed to our second store. Again checking the windows and locking up, we headed in and bought the two plants and returned to the car. I got this weird feeling, can't really describe it, just a feeling as we were walking toward the car. I unlocked the doors and placed the plants in the back seat, and got in. Suddenly I realized what was "off". All four windows were down about a quarter of an inch. I didn't say anything to my son, just rolled them up. By the way, there is no way to operate all four windows at once, you have to hit each switch individually. We got back to the house and I casually asked my husband if there had been anyway that he may have rolled my car windows down (I was at the store, he didn't know where we were and hadn't left the house while we were gone). He said, "It's weird that you asked me that, because last night I noticed that my driver's window was down about a quarter of an inch and thought it was strange."
I immediately made the connection. You see, any time my Dad was in his car he would "crack" the windows, year round. He would race out to the car if it rained to roll up his windows.
We spent the afternoon taking Christmas pictures. Imagine my surprise when I uploaded the photos to the computer to edit them and there was an additional person in the photo! Mom's shadow is clearly standing next to me in this picture! I spent a few minutes just looking at the photo and finally my husband noticed that I was crying. I didn't even notice the tears running down my face. I just pointed to the screen and asked him "who's shadow is that?". We were in our locked yard and the camera was on a self timer. Merry Christmas Mom!
My son and I had quite the day today. He woke up talking about his costume, he kept talking about his costume; we went to the store, we baked cupcakes, we made sugar and ginger pumpkin cookies, made a small tray for my friend and her mom, and finally he was able to PUT ON his costume! We went trick or treating around the neighborhood and then took candy to hand out at hubby's work - 'Cause he was upset that he had to work tonight. And finally, finally, as I write this, my little guy has fallen asleep on the couch watching a Halloween cartoon tonight. Too much Halloween! I got stuck being a pirate wench again this year, at my husband's request. I really am starting to believe that he is just a touch afraid of me when I say that I'm going to pull out my favorite witch hat and dress up as my alter-ego at Halloween! :)
It has been a LONG day. I'm going to turn back my clocks and hit my pillow. I can't believe that when I wake up tomorrow it will already be NOVEMBER!
Funny isn't it, how time passes, things change, but then they stay the same?
My son, who begins planning his Halloween costume nearly as soon as one Halloween ends, has just this week decided that he will be Spiderman this year. We ordered online as I could find not one Spiderman costume in local stores that was anywhere near his size. Now, I must wait and hope that it arrives in time!
Sorry for the time between posts! I hope and pray that everyone is well and happy and enjoying this Fall. I have only today checked in with my online family and I am ashamed to admit that it has taken me this long to check in with you.
Lori's recent post about her stop at the Chicago Quilt show brought both smiles and tears. I am so excited for you Lori, your journey is truly that, YOUR journey and I am blessed by sharing it with you by reading your adventures and your discoveries!
I have connected with Snick, Betsy, Flinty and Robyn on FaceBook, and we share a "hello" and little life snippits there thru the week which is great! Anyone else on FaceBook? Come by and say "hi"!
I am a wife and mother. All members of our extended family live three thousand miles away. My Father became ill and passed away suddenly in 2003. Mom began to decline. She was sad, she missed Dad. I was sad, I missed Dad...And we cried A LOT. Mom had been showing signs of depression, agitation and confusion and the stress from Dad’s passing increased this to the point that I thought I might lose Mom as well. Then came that fateful day when I was informed by her Doctor that this was NOT going to get better… Mom had Dementia...As of December 27, 2007, she has peace.