Spark of Hope #125 – Hilarious isn’t a word most people would consider in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. There is nothing funny about being diagnosed or dealing with loss over and over again. There are, however, hilarious moments throughout. They appear like nuggets of hope, helping us connect with the person still tucked inside. Seth Rogen certainly sees it that way; his non-profit to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease is so named: Hilarity for Charity. One of those nuggets appeared to me just the other day. I was feeding my mom mashed up chocolate cake while singing “happy birthday” for our dear friend Robyn. Suddenly, my mom pulled me into herself. I lost my balance and my grip on the bowl of cake.
Cake flew everywhere! Cake on the floor, cake on the recliner, cake on her and cake on me! As I regained my posture I said “Yes mom! You can have your cake and wear it too!” She grinned …. like a kid whose hand was caught in the cookie jar. If Daisy the dog had been nearby I bet she would have gladly helped with clean up, though I hear chocolate isn’t a dog’s best friend.
Hilarious should to be part of your vocabulary, along with other good-feeling words, in this (or any) difficult journey. Alzheimer’s is no laughing matter, but finding things to laugh about is akin to giving healing medicine straight to the heart, mind, and soul.
Coincidentally, this commerical came on during our flying cake moment. 😉
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!