Family members who remember very little from the past, sometimes find that memories are stirred at Christmastime as they celebrate family traditions. They are often the very ones who started the traditions we celebrate today. Even though they appear to have no memories or connections to the past, we don’t know what may be stirring in their minds as they listen to Christmas music, hear the sounds of laughter as children open gifts, and get a taste of those holiday recipes.
Looking for Laughter
Our visits, I was learning, had more of an impact on Mom than was obvious to us. She didn’t usually know who we were; we had no meaningful conversation; and we were all exhausted from trying to keep up with the mayhem. Mom had not had much of an appetite for 7-10 days. Dad said it had been hard to get her to eat anything, but on this day…something was stirred. She was happy – and she was hungry!