It has been an interesting week! It’s my first week after school ended and I have the burst of energy that teachers get when they have been given the great pleasure known as summer break! My days have been spent cleaning and organizing because of the big move that is coming soon. I will talk more about that later!
It also means that I have spent more time with my mom. This both a blessing and a stretching!! I love her so much and no one pushes my buttons like her 😳.
When she was first diagnosed with dementia a friend recommended that I read, Moments of Joy by Jolene Brackley. It helped me to focus on the good stuff.
One morning after breakfast mom came to me with her fingers in her mouth showing me her bottom gums. As she pointed to her mouth I was dying laughing inside and calm and composed on the outside. “Are they hurting?”, I asked. What she said next was quite unexpected! With her hands thrown up in the air she declared, “I can’t find them!!” Oh my, was this a fun filled time. Imagine yourself looking for missing teeth! We looked in drawers, under the bed, in the bathroom, yet they had somehow escaped!
My friend Catherine was at the house and assisted us in the search and rescue effort. She opened the closet door and there hanging out on the wire shelf were the runaway teeth! Never a boring moment in the life lived with dementia!!! I am grateful for the comic relief for it brings joy into my life!
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy” Philippians 1:4 NIV
Yesterday we went to see Finding Dori. Mom loves movies, even if she doesn’t fully comprehend the plot. We enjoyed the movie and we were ready to venture home. As we left the theater a large poster of Finding Dori was displayed. Mom looked at the poster and then turned to me excited with this request, “that looks like a good movie we should go see it!”
Moments of Joy! If ever I associated with a movie it is in Finding Dori. Her memory loss makes me sing for joy because I know that there is joy and hope even if there no cure!
“Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”Isaiah 12:6
There was a moment in the movie where Dori remembered something and she was so happy! My mom must feel that way too! God has used this movie to remind me to have joy because He is present in our lives and is able to replace our tears with laughter!
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,” Psalm 30:11