As I physically decline my ego is starting to get smaller, too. The wrinkles on my face are becoming more prevalent and I’m starting to wear protection for my clothes, otherwise known as a bib. But I am blessed to have friends and family that seem to be comfortable around me no matter my physical condition or appearance and for that I’m grateful.
Me: Mark, could you please take me to the bathroom?Mark: I’m your guy.Me: Lucky you.Mark: I am lucky.Me: You aren’t lucky anymore.Mark: Rosemary, you’re the same person you always were but instead of two legs now you have four.
Last week I received a text message from my niece Anne Grimm Bartish with an adorable video attached starring her sweet daughter Samantha.
This was my response to Samantha’s message. I apologize if you have trouble understanding me.
After watching the video, Anne wrote me the following note:
Yes they will! I must warn you that Samantha is sweet on the outside but she is devious on the inside. She may not be the best role model. Jack just passed his multiplication tables- he can show you all his math tricks. Alex will show you that being a daredevil on bikes, skateboards and scooters is fun because if you get hurt, you get to go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and they have awesome slushies. And we can’t forget the wrapper up the nose incident!
Uncle Mark and I would be honored to put your beautiful rainbow on our refrigerator.
We love you.
Typing is getting so difficult for me now but I have so many more thoughts and stories I want to share. In addition to my weak arms and hands and my curling fingers, my speech is getting worse, but I’m not willing to stop writing.
This week I found myself searching for my Rosemary-colored glasses more than ever before. But I’m determined to find them because I want the rest of my life to be beautiful and I’m not willing to give up because there’s so much beauty around me if I just open my eyes and let it in.
We celebrated Mark’s birthday with our friends Paul, Cindy, Dick, Patti, Terry, Ellen, Jordan and Desirae last week and they gave Mark the perfect present, an actual caregiver’s tool belt.
The tool belt came with Kleenex, flushable wipes, facial wipes, blush and a brush, a hair brush, disposable toothbrushes, Tic Tacs, lip balm , Q-tips, a mirror, eye glass cleaner, hand sanitizer and black licorice schnapps which they called “caregiver elixir.”
Good friends always know exactly what we need.