Saturday, July 6, 2019

A Visit with my Sister

Some of my readers may know that I have an older sister who resides in a nursing home. She is unfortunate enough to have contracted Fronto Temporal Dementia, which affects her cognitive ability and moods. For many years we have struggled with this and it has been a difficult road for her and  for our whole family.

When I visit my sister, I always try to bring something entertaining to share with her - music, books, flowers, etc. Yesterday I brought her hydrangeas from my garden and photos of other flowers that are blooming now as well as pictures of our house. She seemed to enjoy looking at them.

After that, she seemed to be deep in thought and I asked her what she was thinking. Without a bit of rancor or jealousy she said, "When you get home, I want you to kneel on your front stairs and kiss them, and thank God for your home." 
It was a rare lucid moment for my sister and a moment that touched me deeply. 

Having a home and being able to live in it is a blessing.
I'm truly grateful for that privilege.

Thanks for the reminder, Carol.


Libby Fife said...


Your hydrangeas are always so beautiful!

Your sister is sure right. Having a home, a house, is a blessing. We would all benefit from thinking about that.

Very happy that you had a good visit with your sister. Also a blessing!
Take care,

Debra Dixon said...

What a poignant visit with your sister. I know it must be difficult but when you get a gem like that, it must seem worth the time & effort.

Truly, not a day goes by without thanking the Lord for my home. Its significance is not lost on me.

Peace to you, Judy.

Simone said...

Just catching up with you here Judy. That was a profound thing for your sister to say. I too am grateful for my home. x

Jennifer Richardson said...

Wow, what a powerful insight.
I appreciate every little reminder to practice gratitude.
There is nothing more healing
and perspective is everything.
Thanks, you, for the nudge
and for sharing your beautiful home:)
- Jennifer

Cath Wilson said...

So sad to read about your sister. Lovely flowers, though.
Cath x

Leah said...

I'm so sorry about your sister! My mom is experiencing dementia and it is so sad. Your flowers are lovely!