Thank You McDonald’s, You Made Mom’s Easter!

Today my daughter Danielle and I went to Maplewood Care Center to visit my Mom.  Grandma was in bed sleeping.  The sleeping part is normal for her these days, but usually staff has her up and about.  These days being up, isn’t an option very often.  Mom has to stay in bed.  She developed a bed sore.  Staff have been working diligently changing her position to get rid of it. We are lucky staff is so wonderful and caring with Mom! 

Anyways, it is tough getting her to connect with us these days as she sleeps so much.  We did get her to eat a Hot fudge Sundae from McDonalds though.  It’s her favorite treat, bad teeth or not, and she gets so much pleasure when we bring her one.  It may sound funny but her Hot Fudge Sundae is a gage for me.  I know the day she refuses her sundae we will be in for a big shift in her health again.  I know in my heart it will be a very telling sign.  

We all need to pay attention to these small yet powerful signs which bring them joy.  It is the small things that have such great impact on the day to day events in our lives.  It is the small things in life we seem to treasure as we age.  Being in my fifties now I wouldn’t trade the small pleasures in my life for anything.  The simple things like sharing a conversation, a smile, or touch.  They have nothing to do with money or status, just a sincere human connection that can’t be replaced by anything other than itself.

I wanted to share with you some of our simple pleasures today with Mom, some of our pictures.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

11 Replies to “Thank You McDonald’s, You Made Mom’s Easter!”

  1. Yes, it’s the small things in life that count the most. I’m gald that you are able to recognize them and treasure them. I love the photos! Did you tickle her? 🙂 They brought a smile to my face too. Happy Easter!

    1. HI Mike

      There is a lot of joy to be had, if you are willing to look for it. The joy is so simple it’s easy to miss if you don’t focus on it at first. For me now, it is easy and has expanded to all areas of my life which is a true gift.
      Best of luck on your journey!

      1. Glad to see you both had a good visit. Your mom is adorable 🙂 I am sure you are treasuring each and every moment you have together.


  2. Those little bonds can be the most important – after a while, my grandfather’s Alzheimer’s progressed to the point that he didn’t remember me, and couldn’t even remember English anymore – only German. I couldn’t communicate with language anymore, but I always made sure to bring a little of his favourite, Himbeersaft (a raspberry drink – tasty). We’d often enjoyed them on Sunday afternoons when me and my sisters would go to his house to play, and even if we couldn’t talk and reminisce about those times, I like to think that the Himbeersaft stirred up a few happy sense memories.

  3. aaww, mom looks pretty in pink! What a wonderful smile she has too! Lovely pictures of you all! It is the litttle things that become so important at this time isn’t it, not just for them but for us as well.

  4. I would like to say “wow” what a inspiring post. This is really great. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

    1. HI Rachael

      I loved that story too. My Mom teaches me so much and her disease has opened my eyes to the very small yet special things in life. Hope to hear from you again soon 🙂


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