When Pain Meets Mother’s Day

My mom has an endless supply of enthusiasm, energy, and love to give. She always did.

Despite having little time with us yesterday, she appreciated everything we did for her. Which felt like little in contrast to what she has done for us through out the years. Each and every year she would win the mother of the year award (the one that I am the sole judge of) and each and every year she would forge on to do what ever was needed to make us happy and feel safe.

As she sat at the kitchen table and I looked into her eyes, I wonder if she knows. Does she know that her mind is letting her down? Maybe… maybe not.

Despite the sad heart-breaking facts, she stays truthful to who she is, enthusiastic, energetic and loving in all that she says and all that she does .. even if it is for the millionth time.

And I guess for that, I should be grateful.

(She is a 76-year-old widow who recently has met and fallen in love with a lovely, active and intelligent man who is 96, who is also as equally forgetful. But the one thing they do remember is how much they care for each other and for those who love them.)


  1. SD Gates · May 13, 2015

    I am very happy for your Mom. Lovely post!!!!!

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  2. Amy · May 12, 2015

    This was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. Your title is moving. There is pain mixed into so much of life. My parents are both in their 70s and currently healthy but I watch intently those around me who are have parents who are ill knowing that I may be facing that very soon. My heart goes out to you. God bless you during this time.

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    • lovetotrav · May 12, 2015

      Thank you so much. I appreciate it. Have a great day.


  3. La Sabrosona · May 12, 2015

    I love that your mother is in love! What a beautiful daughter you are for honouring your mom and for giving her love and patience at a time she needs it the most. 🙂

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  4. joannesisco · May 12, 2015

    As parents, all we wish for the most is that our children will be happy. Strangely, as our parents age, we suddenly find ourselves in the same wishful condition for them.
    Best wishes to both you and your mom. It is wonderful that the opportunity to discover and enjoy love doesn’t seem to go away as we age. What a joy for your mom!

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    • lovetotrav · May 12, 2015

      Thank you so much. I appreciate the wishes and yes, we are thankful that she is happy in love.


  5. emilia m. · May 11, 2015

    so sweet 🙂
    As long as they remember to love each other… 😀

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  6. g · May 11, 2015

    Happy is good.

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  7. Ally Bean · May 11, 2015

    I know how difficult it is to watch a parent decline. Your mother may not remember specifics, but if she feels happy and comfortable with her new beau, then maybe that’s equally as wonderful for her at this point. Who’s to say?

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  8. A Journey With You · May 11, 2015

    Very touching. I love that she has fallen in love – that is so beautiful and hopeful.

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  9. Sue Slaght · May 11, 2015

    Wishing your Mom as much happiness as possible and for your strength as you watch the nasty disease that is Alzheimer’s.

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  10. Paige Hamilton · May 11, 2015

    Wishing your mom all the best, and understanding in a very personal way the grief of watching someone you love have their memory fade …

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  11. I hear you, Cheryl! Aw. Love comes in all flavors. That’s the beauty and wonder of it. Wishing them the joy of each other in all the days ahead.

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