Spark of Hope #106 – Tears slid down my cheeks, saturating the pillow tucked behind my head. As we lay there hand-in-hand, we recounted the blessings and emptied the pains once more. There is no way around it. Loving my elderly parents through Alzheimer’s is a painfully precious experience. We marvel in the moments when Mom bursts into laughter and we mourn in the moments when her words get tangled up. As I journey through losing my mother and loving my dad through it, my heart swells even more in watching my husband’s commitment to do the same. I’m in the foreground shuttling dad to see mom, finding ways to embrace their 61 years of marriage, coordinating medical care and decisions, managing finances, sorting mail, and being long-distance eyes and ears for siblings. And, there in the background, is Chuck; quietly and faithfully loving me, and my parents, through it. Household chores, car maintenance, laundry (mom’s included), grocery shopping, yard work, fixing what breaks, making us laugh, holding my hand, being the shoulder to cry on, and reminding me to take care — all that, along with his dedication to 9-hour days at work. He honors me, and my mother and father, just as he’s honored his own in countless ways. Huge Outcomes will remain Possible Everyday as long as love, faith and hope prevail.
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!