“A-ha!” Mom exclaims as she gives the Mylar smiley-face balloon a poke. Back it floats, as she lets out a triumphant chuckle.
Up he comes again. “Umph!” she says, poking him away. She shakes her head and grins as Smiley floats back into her reach.
Dad is sitting across from us. His smile is the biggest I’ve seen in years.
“Take that!” Mom gives Smiley another playful poke. Her grin erupts into a smile as he returns, as if asking her to keep the game going.
By now, Dad is laughing out loud. Mom obliges him, and for his amusement she keeps Smiley dancing.
I hand Dad my phone and give him a brief camera lesson. He fiddles with it, while Mom and I give Smiley a real workout.
I exhale and smile. Today, this one time, I chose the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Perfect for my Mom. Perfect for how she is today. Perfect for Mom’s first Mother’s Day in the Memory Cottage.
I find myself feeling thankful for creating this moment of joy for all of us. I lean in and give Mom a kiss.
Life with an Alzheimer’s Loved One brings so many moments. When you are blessed with a great one, try to remember to pause, notice and give thanks.
If you are struggling for a gift idea for your Alzheimer’s Loved One, consider bringing something playful and fun. A good laugh can work miracles. Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia by Jolene Brackey is super resource for ideas.