Wanted to share a special moment

wanda047

Songster
10 Years
Mar 26, 2009
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Hardy, Arkansas
My mother is 86 years old and suffers from dementia, as well as having suffered 2 strokes and numerous other health problems. She's lived much longer than any of her doctors ever thought she would. More than once the family has been called in to say our good-byes. For those of us who care for her, it's been very difficult. My father is 91 and though he's still going strong, the burden of trying to care for my mother on a daily basis started to take its toll.

My oldest sister quit her job and moved a trailor on my parent's property to be close by and help out. The rest of us (8 more siblings) take turns on the weekends tending to Mom, giving my sister a much needed break. Some of the family drives long distances to do their part in caring for these two beautiful individuals we call Mom and Dad. I live in a neighboring town.

We never know what world my mother will wake up in, whether or not she will recognize any of us, or decide she's angry at the world and become combative. Several of my siblings have been phyically attacked at times by her. We understand that she doesn't know what she's doing and it's not her fault. But it still hurts.

This was my weekend to tend to Mom and this morning I arrived at her home to find her sitting on the side of her bed.... in one of those moods
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Often I can distract her enough that she forgets she was angry or unhappy. In fact, I'm getting pretty dang good at it!
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Today I went prepared... I took along a small pet crate with two baby silkies inside.

Mom had never seen any of my chickens, though I tell her about them often. When she saw my babies, she immediately went from this...
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to this...
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I hope when I get old and hard to handle... someone will bring baby chicks for me to hold.

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BorderKelpie

Songster
10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
1,447
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outside Dallas
Wow,
That amazing bond between the very young and the very old. What a great idea you had. I would frame that photo and hang it someplace special.
Therapy Chicks in Training.

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bheila

Songster
11 Years
Feb 8, 2008
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Kent, Wa
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Awwww, that put a lump in my throat. Your mom sounds like my granny. We lost her 2 years ago this last April. I miss her every day
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luvs2garden2000

Songster
11 Years
Jul 16, 2008
936
2
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Norman Oklahoma
Oh how precious. Koodo's to you!!!!

My mom is 60ish and still all there. She had chickens before and then gave them to me. Now she cleaned up her coop and is wanting more, so she can talk to them. You bet I will gather her up some special chickens and take over there.
 

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