Slice of Life Challenge: Day 9

Remembering Grandma (This is a post from last year)

Six years ago, my grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease.  It was a terrible blow to me because she was the only one of my grandparents that was still alive.  She was a strong opinionated woman and was well known (and loved) by everyone in her town.  She seemed to know everyone as well as their family members and would always point out anyone that was related to us.  I always thought she would have made a great lawyer, but she never did because she married at a young age and became a stay at home mom.  My sisters and I always loved spending time with her because whenever we would visit, she would cook all of our favorite dishes, and she would take out her photo albums and tell us the stories behind the photos.  Grandmothers are great like that!

During our last visit with her, I understood the cruelty of Alzheimers and its affect on everyone else.  Although my grandmother was there physically, her memories had always disappeared.  Each of us had to remind her of who we were and she could no longer tell us the stories behind the photos.  We now had to tell them to her.  I watched as this once strong woman required us to label the rooms in the house so she wouldn’t get disoriented.  At that point, I realized that she was already gone.  I told my husband that that person was just the shell of the grandmother I knew.   What a cruel disease!

I mention all this because today would have been her birthday.  I miss the stories and food, but mostly being able to call her and wish her a Happy Birthday.  I guess what I want you to know is…Always value the time you have with your loved ones and remember to give them a big hug!


8 thoughts on “Grandma(Abuela)

  1. Beautiful post! It’s wonderful that you are celebrating your grandma through a post today. Thank you for the reminder to cherish each day I have with my grandparents.

  2. My mother has Alzheimer’s and while she is still remembering us, it is a hard road to walk with her as she loses more and more of her memories. I feel like I am losing her by bits and pieces. Thank you for writing this today.

  3. HI
    There was something powerful about these lines:

    “Each of us had to remind her of who we were and she could no longer tell us the stories behind the photos. We now had to tell them to her.”

    I appreciated the sharing, and the sadness and joy of the memories.

  4. Grandparents are wonderful people. I always think of mine and try to be there for my grandchildren. Yes, there are so many stories. Blogging will help me write some of my memories.

  5. What a wonderful post! I LOVE writing about my grandpa, whom I love dearly and dread like nothing I can explain, the day he won’t be here with me any longer. And, how I miss my grandma more, rather than less, as time goes on! Sending warm thoughts to you today!

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