Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My grandmother

When I was a kid, I used to climb the hill behind my grandparent's house and sit and look out over the valley below. I especially liked the mornings when the fog would linger long enough for me to finish the breakfast my grandmother made for me, served on what I then thought was the finest of china. Not like the plastic bowls we kids used at home.

This is a picture taken from one of those hills in St. Albans, West Virginia, although I'm not sure which one. It doesn't matter, because in my mind they'll always be greener and foggier and more magical than any camera could ever capture.

My grandmother is dying. She may have hours, or days. Her memories are locked away by Alzheimer's, her body worn by her eighty-seven years. My grandfather is by her side today. Her daughters hope to be with her soon. My mom will be there.

If you think of it today, or in the days to come, pray for my family. Appreciate it.

15 comments:

Mindy said...

I've always been a lurker on your blog. I'll come out of the woodwork to tell you I'm thinking of you and your family.

Those hills make me homesick. They're home to me.

livia-the-great said...

this is a second lurker confession. i've always enjoyed your candid way of communicating and think ian is a sweetheart. loved the music-listening blog you did a while ago.

my grandmother had alzheimer's and just died a few weeks ago. i send you warm thoughts.

tekeal

Tricia said...

I'm sorry, Tom, to hear about your grandmother. I am so glad she has family with her and will be thinking about you as you go through all this.

It looks like a beautiful area and it certainly is a beautiful memory.

Bonnie said...

Thank you, Tommy. I am flying out in the morning to be there with my sisters.

I have so missed the mom I knew before Alzheimers. She made so many things beautiful for us.

Well, I am starting to cry again. Love to you and yours,

Aunt Bonnie

Carole said...

Will do.

RK said...

Praying peace and comfort for your family and your grandmother.

Emily said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. The opportunity to have grandparents in our lives is such a gift and you are fortunate to have such great memories. I also recently lost my grandmother and although I do miss her, the life lessons she taught will always remain.

Peace to your family...

CristyLynn said...

We'll be praying!

waldenhouse said...

How nice to have such great memories with your grandmother.

We have just been through this too. Maternal grandmother, alzheimer's, also 87.

Many prayers for your family.

Kim Ayres said...

My thoughts are with you

Tom said...

Thanks, everyone for the thoughts and prayers. And for you "lurkers" who popped in, welcome! :)

bella said...

Tom,
Offering my prayers.
Sending love.

lintofpocket said...

prayers.

Terri said...

i'm sorry tom. thinking of you and praying...

Tom said...

Thanks again, everyone.