Michael and I talked while we were in the car on the way to my parents' house.
Me: I guess you miss seeing your friend Rachael now that Christmas program practice is over. (at one time they had practice three times a week; some with just the two of them with the director)
Mike: Yeah, I don't see her much any more
Me: But it makes sense.She hangs out with the girls and you hang out with the guys, right? *pause* But maybe if you see her in passing,you can tell her hello and talk briefly.
Mike: Well,I did see her at Wednesday Night Wave [a children's program at their church] and wink at her from across the room.
|The Surfer Angels|
Then I asked him to show me what he did, and he winked at me in a cute way. Little stinker! :-)
Two ladies from the Veteran's Administration came to my grandparents' apartment to assess how they were doing and to offer helpful advice. I think I've told y'all before that Pop suffers from Alzheimer's disease and hasn't known who we are by name or how we are related and know him for quite some time. He thinks I'm just that nice lady - with that "thing" on the top of my head - who comes over to clean their house most weeks. Despite his not knowing us, he is most welcoming and cheerful always thanking us for coming by and making witty jokes. (He hasn't lost his trademark sense of humor, thank God.)
|Pop - Christmas 2010|
The ladies were impressed by his drawings and one wanted to take pictures by her cell phone to share with others when they have their discussion with other healthcare professionals. Anyway, my mom told me one lady tested Pop's ability to follow directions which he did easily enough. "Read this piece of paper and do what it says." He read it and closed his eyes as instructed. When asked what city, county, state, apartment complex he lived in, he didn't know. But when told to write a sentence - any sentence he wanted - he looked at the lady for a few seconds and then with great care and clear handwriting wrote:
"I am a Christian because I love Jesus."
This disease may have robbed him of knowing his family and friends by name and relationship, but as of Friday afternoon it had been unable to rob him of knowing about his relationship with the one most dear to him, Jesus!