As an update, Mormor is almost 93 years old, and she has Dementia, a disease similar to Alzheimer's, and in Mormor's case, she remembers being a young woman in Sweden, but she doesn't remember much about what's happening right now. She also, from time to time, tries to go back "home" to Sweden and all her little babies, by means of walking, so for her safety, she had to go live in a long term care, type home, where she could be kept safe. Thankfully, it's about the best home ever, and she seems happy there.
The point of all this is that we got to go visit Mormor yesterday, and that is definitely one of the major highlights of my trip. Here i am with Mormor and Morfar.
I wanted to bring Mormor a gift, and thought about it and decided that even though she will probably not remember who i am, or that i was there to see her, she will still like the same things and appreciate something nice. So, i made her some slippers.
Before we left, it was arranged that all of us could sit around a big round dining room table, in a private room, and we had lunch together like a family. There was even a big fat cat in the room, begging for food. Definitely a big highlight. We felt like family, 'cause we are.
And now for the extra sappy part: i've always heard about older folks, who get dementia or alzheimer's or general senility, and they lose their inhibitions. For some, this results in horrible outbursts of profanities and other things the grandchildren shouldn't be hearing, and the children never dreamed could come from their sweet little mama's mouth, etc., etc.
Mormor never did all that. Is it the result of a pure heart? I don't know, but i like to think so. And i like to hope and pray and strive, that my heart would be so pure, and thoroughly worked over by God, that if i were to lose all my inhibitions and sense about what is and isn't o.k. to do in front of other people, and my mouth just told everything in my head at the time, that my words would still be pure and my manners, gentle and kind, like Mormor's
Thank God for Mormor.