In Her Glory

I’ve been home from Rehoboth Beach since Friday. I couldn’t drag Bill of the golf course, seek so I came home alone for a few days.
On Sunday I drove over to Rockland Place, the assisted living facility where my mother lives. She’s in the unit they call Pathways, a special unit for people with dementia. She was happy to see me, and always asks, “what are you doing here”? I gave her a hug and a kiss, “I’m here to see you of course”. “Come on mother, let’s go to my house”. She immediatly grabbed onto her walker,and off we went. She loves getting out, always commenting on the pretty flowers, or how hot it is, and how we need the rain. She remembered my street, and which house was mine, and as we pulled into the driveway, I thought about how quickly the years have passed, and how time has changed our lives, all the times we have spent doing things together, and now, how we have gotten so much older, how thankful I am to still have her, at age 90. I made us a cup of coffee, and a piece of homemade peach pie, that I baked that morning. Afterwards, I wanted to make some red sauce, with tomatoes from my garden. “Can I help you, Carole? Can I cut the onions or tomatoes for you? I want to feel useful”, she said.

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She was in her glory! She so carefully cut the tomatoes. Loving every minute of it. She was in her glory! Rinsing the dishes, putting them in the diswasher. Wiping the counter so carefully. I watched her, tears ran down my face. I was so happy to be able to give her such a simple pleasure.

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Something we all take for granted in our everyday life. Just routine. She told me how she missed cooking, and I told her, now that summer is winding down, and Fall is on the way, we will do more cooking together. That made her smile, and that filled my heart with joy. One of life’s simple pleasures.

I also want to mention that Lisa, from Cranberry Flats, awarded me the Primitive Excellence Award. Thanks so much, Lisa. You’re a sweetie for thinking of my blog, and I do want you to know that it is so much appreciated. I hope you will stop by Cranberry Flats for a little visit. Tell her I sent you.
HAPPY DAY
Carole

8 Responses to “In Her Glory”

  1. Rachael Says:

    Some of our most special memories & ‘moments’ are the simple things, and times when we arent particularly doing anything~ what a special moment! Happy HAPPY day!

  2. Carole Says:

    Hey Rachael girlfriend. Thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to hear from you.
    Carole

  3. Louise Says:

    Carole,
    This special day spent with your dear mother has touched my heart.
    How precious each moment spent together is.
    Love,
    Louise

  4. rondell konat Says:

    You are so blessed to have her here with you still!

    Have wonderful times with her, love the pics of her

    doing what she loves to do.

    Rondell

  5. Carole Says:

    Thank you Louise and Rondell for leaving a comment about my mother. She is very special to me.
    Carole

  6. Sandy Says:

    You are lucky to still have your mom. Mine is 93 & living in assisted living, has some dementia. She also loves to go on outings & wants to feel usefull. Enjoy your time with her : )

  7. Pamela Overmier Says:

    Carole you always have a pie made!! You know, I have some peaches right now, and loads of apples of all shapes and colors. I should make a crisp! How lovely for you to have this time with your mother. She must be quite the cook, and now we see the apple didnt fall far from the tree! Pam

  8. carole holt Says:

    That’s funny, but you’re right. i guess i do talk about making pies. LOL- I do love to bake, I love to cook. haven’t done much this past summer, so i am looking forward to the Fall. Now, Pam, dear, go make that apple crisp!
    Carole

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