Sunday, March 13, 2016
She Wonders Why she's still here.....
My Mother is days away from celebrating her 101st birthday. Macular degeneration has taken much of her sight; very little hearing remains in either ear. Her world has become small and narrow.
She wonders almost daily why she is still here with us.
I understand. I've even wondered this too at times .....
But after walking alongside her for the past six months, now I think I know why she is still here.
To teach me about affirmations and the power they hold to lift a person up .
To teach me about appreciation and how even when you can't see well, or hear well, or understand much of the why, and you hurt a-plenty .... you can still say a warm and sincere thank you for a kindness done.
To teach me the importance of allowing people in - to care for you and love you ---- that vulnerability brings closeness.
To teach the young ones in our family about giving love.... about stretching to accommodate the needs of those you love .... like speaking slower and louder so she can hear.
To tell her stories again so the children can hear them and we can all keep them alive when she is gone.
To remind me about appreciating - every single day - those that I live with and love .... and to tell them that I do ....
....and so so so much more that I either can't articulate or don't know yet that I have learned.
She has been teaching me things all my life. But somehow she is doing the underlining.... adding the Caps and the bold font right now .....
I am no longer wondering why she is still here.
I know why.
I will stay alert for the rich lessons.