I can't believe another week has gone by....it seems to me it's suddenly Sunday again. I'm just not sure where the week goes. I want to thank everyone for their understanding as I have not felt like talking much so I'm ignoring the phone. I put updates or humorous stories on FB to keep people up-to-date. I am grateful for all of you and I promise to reach out for help when and as I need it (you know how hard that was for me to put out there).
I was reading an article the other day about a woman who begged people to visit her mother who has Alzheimer's. The article was extremely interesting and the comments were enlightening. It got me thinking about how upset I was when my mom's friends stopped visiting at the nursing home. I do not believe any have visited late fall 2014. At first I was angry and then I realized that many of them are probably afraid to visit a nursing home as it makes their own mortality more real. I think they are afraid to see someone their own age so vulnerable. It's not that they don't ask about her when I see them and some actually have the nerve to ask, "does she know who you are?" That question really bugs the hell out of me, but I smile and answer honestly that yes she knows us still. She is not very good with names these days, but does know faces. She gets excited to see people. I am not going to lie, she is not getting any better and hospice is involved with her care now. Some days are harder than others as the disease causes horrible mood swings. I'm still about making as many memories as I can and keeping her and papa as peaceful as possible.
I realized this week that I did not send any Easter cards. So HAPPY EASTER!! Many of you know that I send cards out several times a year for the different holidays. The standing joke is once you get on my mailing list you never get off unless you move without letting me know. I sometimes think I keep the post office and Hallmark in business with all my mailings. This year not so much. Thank you to those that did send me cards. I feel disconnected some days and completely forgot about sending cards. So to all of you that normally receive a card - sorry about that perhaps I'll be back to normal by the fall. Thank goodness for FB or I would forget birthdays all together.
This past week I finished two books: "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant. It's about one woman's life changes through the 1900s. Basically defines the modern woman. Easy to read - good story - not too heavy. This was recommended by the staff at the book store. Also, "A Look Over my Shoulder a Life In The Central Intelligence Agency" by Richard Helms with William Hood. It's about Mr. Helms' career in the Intelligence world and his rise to Director of the CIA. A slow read for me and full of historical significance.
I watched "The Passion Live" the other night (I had recorded it earlier) and found it very well done. I really enjoyed popular music being adapted to tell a story so it relates to the current generation. I was not a fan of flipping between video and live music, but understand the reason it was done. It reminded me of Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell from the 1970s. I remember when I father took me to a movie theater to see "The Ten Commandments." It was quite an impact on the big screen. As I mentioned on FB, I think each generation finds a way to spread the news and word of God/Jesus/Spirit and Faith so more can understand.
I am going to leave it here for today. Have to get moving to church as I'm sure we should arrive early for all those catholics who only show up twice a year. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible." -- T.D. Jakes
"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine." -- Dwight L. Moody
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." -- Robert H. Schuller