Six Hours  

impish_pixie 54F
2106 posts
1/23/2006 6:54 pm

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Six Hours

It really IS all about savoring the sweetness of the "moments". I have no idea how many moments can be counted in a span of 77 years - how many lives can be touched, how many smiles given, how many laughs shared. I only know that when a life is well lived - it is good to celebrate it.
And so we did. And it was a good day. For him, for us, for all of the people who came by to share another "moment" with him while they still can.

Alzheimer's is a thief. It takes not only your memories, but also the basics of who you have been. It makes you do and say things that you would never have done or said before. It takes a gentle spirit and brings moments of pure rage. It takes a mouth that was used to build confidence and character into a different realm where a sailor would fear to tread. It takes a proud man whom everyone leaned on for guidance and direction and turns him into someone who cannot be left alone anywhere for more than a couple of minutes. And most vicious of all? It allows you moments of clarity when you know all of this. When you know the things you have said and done and in your "cognitive" state you know how wrong they are. This is the nature of Alzheimer's - this is the true evil of the beast.

Six hours of wonderful moments. Six hours of mostly cognitive minutes. Six hours of memories made and stored in our hearts. Memories, like sunshine, to be savored and pulled out again in the dark days ahead.

Happy Birthday Daddy.


I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn


impish_pixie 54F
6867 posts
1/23/2006 6:58 pm

And yea...I forgoet to tell you - THAT's my daddy. (Though I'm guessing you figured that part out...) Isn't he the cutest? This is his "funny" face - we always take a serious pic and then a funny face pic because there should always be room for laughter. LOL

I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn


rm_goddess1946 106F
13518 posts
1/23/2006 7:33 pm

Alzheimer's IS a thief...
You hit that nail on the head...
Happy Beautiful Birthday to your Daddy, Pixie...
is wonderful that you could be there to share it with him
in what ever way that appeared. . . love was there.

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...
{=}


impish_pixie 54F
6867 posts
1/23/2006 8:17 pm

Yes Goddess...love was there. In bucketful's..

I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn


dasher121 36M

1/24/2006 3:44 am

my heart goes out to you, also being someone who has helped to battle Alzheimers up front. Even though the true struggle is fought with the one who suffers from it. Great post and happy for you that you can look at it as a celebration of life and wonderful achievements. A wonderful perspective to hold, and great memories to have


tillerbabe 56F

1/24/2006 3:58 am

I love my Dad - he died in the summer of '99 and I fully understand your feelings. What a wonderful tribute! What a beautiful man! Thank you for sharing......


rm_davep1326 52M

1/24/2006 7:26 am

Pixie, So well written and shows your obvious love of your father and your thankfullness that he is still in your life. Thanks for making me think this morning. DavidP1326


rm_hinkawaza 52M
371 posts
1/24/2006 9:56 am

I too have seen the ravages of alzheimers, it is an insidious disease that causes tremendous emotional pain aand really tests your strength as an individual! I have seen so many people turn away, commit the person suffering to a home and not even visit! Enjoy every moment you can!


impish_pixie 54F
6867 posts
1/24/2006 3:26 pm

mzhuny - Thank you so much for stopping by - and your kind words. It was a good b-day...for all of us.

dasher...Thanks hun - It would be a great dishonor to my daddy to do anything less than celebrate him. This thing will not defeat us - yes..it will take his life...but it will never take away the beauty of his soul and all the lives that he touched.

Tiller - Thank you so much sweetie for visiting - As you know, when a little girl is lucky enough to have a wonderful daddy - the love never dies. Aren't we the Lucky ones?

DaveP - Thanks for stopping by - it is good to be thankful - even for the stuff that's not so good.

Hink - I have seen that too - I can assure you that it will NEVER happen to my daddy. We have discussed our options and have a plan. Neither my brothers/sisters or I could ever turn away from our daddy - and my Mom? She's a rock. They have been married 54 years (cool huh???) and trust me...we are all enjoying every moment we get. After all - he's the one who taught us not to be quitters.

I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn


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