my friend steph has a maw. maw is 88 years young. born december 18th 1924, she is a mother to 5, grandmother to 9, great grandmother to 6, and had a hand in raising many of them. married to the love of her life for 69 years, widowed for 1. and now, living with alzheimers in the best way possible; at home, ringed with friends and family who keep her going with continuous care, support, love and most importantly, humor and play. my friend steph has sacrificed part of her own life for this and i really, really admire her for that. like being a mom, it’s a job that doesn’t really end; giving when you are running on empty, staying strong when you feel you cannot. as moms, we get to watch our children blossom and become more independent. caring for someone with dementia isn’t quite the same, is it? all i know is that in this house, maw is loved and cherished in the best way possible. and THAT is awesome.
“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” ~George Eliot