Mama came over today after church to spend the day with us.
Sundays have turned into an all day affair with her these days.
I had sort of a deja vu in the kitchen with her. There we were again, working in the kitchen together... me at the stove and Mama cutting vegetables. It felt good.
She still has great motor skills and can slice & dice like a pro. She just needs to be prompted as to what to do. I usually demonstrate first what I'd like her to do, talking with my hands while making eye contact and speaking to her. And usually she gets it. And I have to make sure she washes her hands thoroughly before starting out.
This really took me back to my childhood with us being in the kitchen together. Only now, the roles are in reverse. Back then Mama, lead and I followed. These days, it's the reverse. Back then there was lots of talking, including her telling ME what to do! "Hand me the butter or milk from the fridge", she'd tell me. These days, there are far fewer words and many more smiles. So it's all good.
I also make sure there's always some great and familiar music playing in the background. Today it was some of the old Motown classics, like Gladys Knight and the Pip's "Midnight Train to Georgia". So there we were together in the kitchen cooking and grooving to the music... together.
I wonder sometimes what she's thinking. She seems to talk alot with her eyes. While other times her mind must be pretty quiet. Overall she is in the moment.
I'm grateful that overall she seems happy and content. All things considered, she's doing well, and happier than she's been in YEARS. Alzheimer's is doing its thing, yet Mama continues doing HER thing...living her life the best way she knows...with a whole lotta love and joy.