Life with Mom
—-This is a story of a shared life with Mom after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.—
April 13, 2013
My mother and I cleaned out the front closet today. We found a bunch of little treasures. We found the user’s guide to the camera that us kids gave to Dad so many years ago. It was collecting dust without the camera. We’re not sure where the camera is…yet. I don’t remember giving it to him. My mother said he carried it in his front pocket all the time. He loved to take pictures. So it was no shock to find 2 unopened photo albums too. (Garage Sale)
We also uncovered the movie camera and movie set lights that Dad used the entire time we were growing up. I remember being blinded every Christmas morning while coming down the stairs, single file, like good little children. It was a little annoying to be blinded while having to march in format when there was a Christmas tree with presents waiting for us a few feet away. In hind sight, it was all worth it. It’s so much fun watching the old family movies.
Next, we found a vintage flash light. It really looks antique, and then I thought it must be when I realized it said “Made in USA” on the end. You don’t see that so much any longer. Hopefully that’s changing – at least that’s the plan for this land of opportunity.
While spending time outside with Merlin and Averill, I noticed an unusual garden decoration. It’s a piece of drift wood, and I’m pretty sure my father put it there. He loved drift wood, and used to collect it when he and Mom camped and canoed.
We closed out the day by meeting our old neighbor’s for dinner. We love hearing about their son’s who we watched grow up. There’s a June wedding on the horizon. They grow up too fast!