As we approach another Thanksgiving, much of my gratitude is centered on still being able to enjoy the company of my parents. Barry, my hubby, has already lost his parents as have many of my friends. And, I know quite a few people who are having to watch their parents fade into the grips of Alzheimer's Disease.
Karen of Artful Journey lost her mother to Alzheimer's on May 22, 2006. In July of 2008, Karen poignantly blogged about the summer before her mom passed away. Her mother spent hours crouched beneath the hot Sacramento sun, creating "little portraits of nature" in the garden. Using nature's castoffs, her mother would artfully organize objects while ignoring her own physical needs and infringing on the living spaces of her family. Karen's epiphany came when she was able to appreciate the beauty of what her mother felt compelled to create.