Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Saying Goodbye to Mom

The boys and I traveled to Temple last Saturday to spend some time with my parents. I had hoped for more than a day together but weather conditions dictated otherwise making us move the cookout to Sunday which cut short my visit.

My Mom has Alzheimer's so it was especially tough for me. She doesn't understand what I'm doing or why and I'm worried that her condition will worsen while we're on the road. The Aricept seems to have slowed the progression though there isn't really a diagnostic test to confirm that.

What makes it particularly hard is that she's always been such a proud and independent woman. She raised four sons while running her own business and, ironically, once received a 'Man of the Year' Award for her civic activities and work in the community. In a town run by good ole boys, that was quite an accompishment. We couldn't have asked for more in a mother.

That she still retains the sweetness and generosity she's always been most known for is a blessing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.


lisa said...

This must be such a bittersweet time for you, Luke. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. Of course we surround your Mom with love and prayers for peace and strength, just as we surround you and the boys.
Shalom, lisa & Clementine

bethechange21 said...

I found your blog off your website which I found off flickr. This post is just touching. I love the "Man of the Year" quip. I am a mom raising a daughter by myself in a small village in Ohio where I routinely do a lot of volunteer work among the "Council Elders" (read good ole boys); so this really made me smile.

I love the puppy up merch - ordered a cute tee!

Good luck with your journey; I will check back to keep up with it!