” Humble Yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
This whole recent experience …caring for my brother who is experiencing short memory loss and confusion …has definitely left me completely humbled … like never before… but yesterday God answered all my prayers and yes ….He lifted me up.”
It all started with stopping for Ben’s morning coffee…I let the owner, who knew the situation, know it was Ben’s last day and he made over him and threw in a free cinnamon bun.
When we were leaving the neighborhood my neighbors’children had made this chalk sign that made Ben smile.
But what really turned the day around was Chicago… yes the band-Ben’s favorite band. He excitedly asked me to turn up the radio and then started singing the lyrics to ” You’re My Inspiration ” at the top of his lungs! He would stop and tell me when all the different instruments would join in full force … pretending to be playing all of them. He was on a high!
By the time we arrived he appeared fairly oblivious to all the activity going on around him. He calmly watched as Lee and I dragged everything out of boxes and bags… until we were exhausted.
Soon his room was filled with his caregivers, hall staff members, counselors -he hadn’t had that much excitement in a long time.
We were treated to lunch in the room by the staff. And then another God Wink…a secretary who used to work with Ben in Special Education was right down the hall and coming in to take him to Happy Hour.
By the time Lee and I went to leave… Ben was so sleepy he couldn’t keep his eyes open and just wiggled his fingers at us. The moment I had been dreading all day was nothing like I had feared. Just a wave goodbye!
God had answered my prayers and held my hand through it all… just like he had promised!
So until tomorrow…
” If we all knew each morning that there was going to be another morning, and on and on and on, we’d tend not to notice the sunrise, or hear the birds, or the waves rolling into the shore. We’d tend not to treasure our time with the people we love. Simply the awareness that our mortal lives have a beginning and will have an end enhances the quality of our living. * Madeleine L’ Engle
” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
***Ben left his phone which we did not discover until I plugged in the charger. Since Ben has struggled with his mobile phone for years and now is forgetting how to answer and respond… we are taking the director’s suggestion and getting a land phone to replace it-should be operational Thursday afternoon. So thank you for all the calls yesterday and Lee and I will work on sending out group texts to all of you with his new number.
Also thank everyone for their prayers-they were answered!