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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
My husband has been a rock solid support as we've moved through the changes in my dad's Alzheimer's and my mother's death. He handles my grief with grace and patience, bolsters me when I don't think I can bear to go to the nursing home, and makes my dad laugh. He's a beautiful human, and I'm grateful to have him.
One of my mother's greatest fears was that she would live long enough to experience severe dementia, as her mother and husband have. As much as I hate losing her, I am so thankful that she died lightning fast, and that her fear of a lingering death will never be realized.
I am grateful to be a Christian, and know that my mom is at home with her Heavenly Father. She's having a great time in heaven, setting up bridge games and singing in the angelic choir. (If cards were banned in heaven before September 12, 2015, you can bet they're allowed now. She's persuasive that way, and we're talking bridge, folks.)
From what I've seen, Alzheimer's manifests itself differently for each person. In my dad's case, he's lost his knowledge of who he is, where he is, who we are, and how to do so many simple things. But his fundamental personality, the 'who' of him, is the same. He's funny and sweet and forgiving. I'm so grateful that even though he can't speak clearly any longer, his smile and his laugh make him my dad again.
One of the best things that's come from my mom's death is that my brothers and I are closer than we've been in many, many years. Like most families, we've moved in and out of each others orbits as our lives have changed. We're working through the business of mom's death and dad's stay in the nursing home together, which greatly lightens the load.
|Mom, Dad, and one Little Bro|
|Bobbie Sue Cammack Woods|
|The wine was a big hit.|
|Introducing the crowd to Maxine Leverrman.|
|Talking technology with Kathy Shelton and Rylee Woods|
|Beautiful flowers from beautiful friends.|
|Mini cupcakes for Maxine. Shoes and handbags? But of course.|
|There are some perks to being a musician's wife.|
|With friends Johnna and Kevin Fullen.|
|Paranormal punishments and outright murder, at your service.|
|One of my brothers. He's bigger. I'm meaner.|
|Another book lover. Another friend.|
|My talented husband. I am a lucky girl.|
|The British. Plotting to take back America, one spouse, one acre at a time.|
|Miss Laverne. Any woman who loves books is my friend.|
|Swag! Come to the next event to get yours!|
One gal found out her husband was cheating when he called her to come bail him out of jail. The charge? Soliciting a prostitute. (What balls to call his wife to come rescue him. We're talking big ones.)
Another husband came home and told his wife he was involved with another woman and wanted a divorce. Come to find out he'd been cheating for months, lying about where he was and what he was spending money (several thousands) on, and opening secret bank accounts. The photos on his phone and his computer records were revealing. (It's important to have a friend who knows how to search his electronic devices should you find yourself in this situation.)
A third husband brought his girlfriend to the business he owns with his wife, and proceeded to flirt outrageously with the other woman. Right there in front of the customers and his wife. Midlife crisis, anyone? (It was the boobs that got him. Definitely the boobs. That is all.)