We visited Ricky's Grandmother (Nanny) at the nursing home yesterday. She looked so pretty--her hair was fixed, her nails were painted, and she even had some make up on her face. It was a good day for her; she remembered us and said things she always used to say. To Keegan, "It doesn't seem like you should be that big!" and "You're a big 'ol boy!"
Of course, she was still 'not all with us' in some ways. She also thought it was her birthday again. She just turned 95 in February, but I am pretty sure if you ask her, she is still 88--the same age she was when J.K. (Pappa) passed away. They had been married for 70, yes, SEVENTY years! Time stopped for her then, and she is still waiting for him to come home...nearly 7 years later.
Ricky and his twin brother, Randy spent a lot of time during their childhood with Nanny & Pappa. It was so obvious as I watched them relating to the residents, that the level of respect toward their elders is a very strong gift instilled in them so long ago.
What a great example they were for Keegan to see. As hard as it was to place Nanny in a nursing home, it was the best decision for everyone. Alzheimer's is a dreadful disease that robs families and individuals of the loved ones they know. Many times, it drags on and years turn in to years. I am thankful that Nanny had a 'good day' when we visited. That is always counted as a blessing!