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.