Daddy awoke with a smile as I presented him the steaming cup of coffee. He told a joke, chuckling out loud cracking himself up, and all before getting out of bed this morning! Who is this person and what did he do with my father? Such is Alzheimer’s, but I’ll gratefully take this comical start anytime. You see, daddy blissfully lives in “his present,” almost literally moment-to-moment. He has no worries because he can’t remember what to worry about…and he’ll tell you it’s my job now. 🙂 Money, bills, Medicare choices, appointments, correspondence…none are his concern. He gratefully savors simple pleasures with quiet JOY. Period.
Momma always told me, “Rich experience and understanding can only come with age, and Bethy, you’re not there yet…” 🙂 Daddy is still teaching me though how to calmly appreciate daily activities for the rich experiences they are. He’s showing me through his daily ALZ struggle how to gracefully take each situation for what it is, even when we don’t fully understand the situation. His age and his illness make little difference in the way he chooses to live; he’s simply allowing the gift of being older to speak for him. Later in life and under completely bizarre circumstances, daddy simply demonstrates, “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet JOY.” ~Ralph Blum ~
Please take a moment to ponder: When you hear the word “elderly,” what comes to mind? What have you gratefully learned from an elderly person in your life recently?
Here’s hoping we all seek and find gratefulness in the calm and quiet JOY of daily living, my friends!