>Today I made my bi-monthly visit to my mother, a resident at Lakeland Nursing Home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Each visit is a milestone.
The first time I cut her hair.
The first time she didn’t remember her grandchildren.
Her transition from verbally abusive mother to loving, complimentary mother.
I have a memoir which was published in Smith’s Six-Word Memoir:
“The Upside of Alzheimer’s: new mother.”
So, today, I took with me two things to my visit with Mom:
A really delicious chocolate chip cookie from Broadstreet Bakery, and
Specifically, the Bible I received as a gift from my grandmother on Easter, 1959. I was eight years old.
For some reason I thought she might like for me to read to her from the Psalms.
She was especially lucid when we got to the verses that said, “He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.”
After one recitation, I handed her the Bible, which she fingered lovingly, and then looked at me and said, “I love you.”
I love you, too, Mom.