Persistent Heart

#balloons #pets #Alzheimers One day, we decided Mom's pet balloon-heart needed to go in the trash heap. After eight months, the heart's helium had gone and left it deflated. Mom reminisced about her favorite balloon antics. "Heart drifted over me and touched my face with her ribbon. Remember when she hid behind my bed? I'd... Continue Reading →

Ladder and Hammers

Family Story #siblings #rooftop #1960s Moonie, Teddy, and Kitty lay in a circle around me for story time. I tried making them sit up, but they flopped over. I grabbed my bunny book— Boom, boom, boom! I froze my book midair. "It's OK. The broken roof." I stretched out my legs and plopped the book... Continue Reading →

When Things Change

#POLST #alzheimersawarenessmonth #advancecareplanning Last week was a difficult one. Not a complete surprise, but it still overwhelmed me. It was time for changes in our circumstances. My alarm alerted me it was time to get Mom's morning started. I always open her blinds and administer her medicines, then bring her a cup of black coffee.... Continue Reading →

Steamy Family

#alzheimersawarenessmonth #FAMILY #caregiving My reusable plastic shopping bags crinkled when I set them on my kitchen counter. I leaned over it and peeked into the living room. Yep, hubby is napping in his recliner. Voices echoed inside my Mom's room. I opened the door, and discovered Sis bent over Mom laying a wet towel on... Continue Reading →

Balloon Pet

#balloons #pets #balloon Years ago, Mom had a pet balloon. I gave it to her for Mother's Day. It was a shiny, silver, mylar balloon with a big pink rose on it. One afternoon, I stopped by Mom and John's apartment at afternoon tea time. I sat at their round dining table, ate a cookie,... Continue Reading →

1960 Home Spa Days

#haircolor #1960s #siblings Two bored sisters created an At-Home-Spa-Day in the Summer of 1960. It wasn't in their budgets to pay hairdressers for cutting, styling, or coloring—my Aunt changed my Mom's partly gray hair into a warm Auburn color. The do-it-yourself project was successful. Their friends and family members wanted to join in on the... Continue Reading →

Tippling the Sherry

In the 1960's, my parent's circle of friends included six couples. They rotated hosting dinner parties on Saturday nights. The men wore suits and ties. The women wore party dresses and heels. It was Al and Jean's first turn with the group. "Al, you're late. I was counting on your help!" Jean rushed around their... Continue Reading →

Mom’s Lipstick

#lipstick #parenting #COSMETICS Two teen girls strolled along the sidewalk of a very small town in California's foothills. It was a warm 1941 September afternoon, on the first day of high school. Look at her. My Mom crossed her arms and pouted. Grace is allowed to wear that bright red lipstick. She doesn't look like... Continue Reading →

Mama’s Tardy

My daughter flew in for a quick visit with her two grandmothers. She surprised her Gram for her birthday, and Grammie (my mama) benefited from the plan. A few of us gathered in Mom's room for a chat. The subject of clumsiness came up—a few of us are incident-prone. "I remember one day at high... Continue Reading →

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