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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
- TITLE: Goodbye Mom, I Love You
By Karlene Jacobsen
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Alice sank wearily into her wingback chair next to the fireplace and began to sob uncontrollably. It had been an emotional rollercoaster ride with her mom these past few months. One minute they would be talking in a carefree way about Alice’s childhood, then the next the woman would demand Alice leave the room, for she did not allow strangers into her private quarters.
“Hi honey, I’m home,” Alice’s husband walked in jarring her from her moments of mental disengagement. “How was your day with mom?”
“Oh, Dave, it’s so hard!” Alice said through tears. “I don’t know how much more I can handle. Mom was so full of life, loved everyone whether she knew them or not, and welcomed any and all strangers into our home, saying, ‘You never know, they could be angels,’ and now? She has taken to screaming as though she is being beaten in order to get anyone out of her room.”
Pulling Alice from the chair and into his arms, Dave groaned, “I know it’s been difficult dear. I wish I could make things easier for you.”
“I know…your being here for me is everything I need,” Alice whispered as she buried her face in Dave’s broad shoulder.
Over the next several weeks Alice and Dave watched helplessly as Alice’s mom disappeared more and more into a world where no one was recognized. “She’s got to feel so lonely, not even knowing who she is on a given day.” Alice said one day to Dave.
“Yeah, she may be,” Dave agreed. “The best thing is she always lights up when you read her Bible to her. As long as her spirit is alive, somewhere inside that temple, there is remembrance of Jesus.”
“Dave that is the most encouraging thing I have heard you say!” Alice exclaimed with a twinkle in her sapphire blue eyes. “Mom does remember! She doesn’t remember me, or the kids, or even herself, but the spirit within her will always recognize her lord.”
Alice continued visiting her mom over the following weeks, reading her Bible from cover to cover. She was comforted to watch her mom relax when she heard scripture read, even drift off into peaceful slumber many times. On several occasions the nurse would have to wake Alice to go home after she had soothed even her own soul to sleep through reading her Bible.
“It’s hard to believe she’s really gone,” Alice turned to find her closest friend Sharon whispering behind her. The women embraced bathing each other in their tears. “I am so sorry Alice. Is there anything I can do?”
Moved by compassion, Alice squeezed Sharon tighter before letting go and looking her friend in the eye. “Oh Sharon, thank you for being here, that’s all that really matters. Saying goodbye to someone you love is never easy and I need all the support I can get.”
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