You know, sometimes I take for granite our living situation. Just wanted to share a quick little story that gave me one of those, “ah ha moments.” I shared last week that I am working on a Mid Century Design project at the HomeGoods headquarters near our house. I have been leaving the house at the wee hours in the morning and returning after dark. My grandfather isn’t use to that. My grandparents, especially my grandfather, are so accustomed to me working from home that he is messed up that I am not around during the day these past couple weeks. Here is a picture of my grandparents a couple years ago when they renewed their wedding vows after 64 years of marriage.
Every morning, my dad gets up around 5am for the day and heads to check on my grandfather and check his sugar levels. Then my grandfather joins him for coffee every morning in our downstairs family room. They watch the news, have coffee and hang out. My grandfather passed by me in the kitchen last week around 6:30am as he was headed to work and came over to me and said, “hi hun, I miss and love you.” He was all choked up and I said, “what is wrong with you?” -ha. He looked at me and said, “I miss you.” You are not home all day. I laughed and said, “gramp, we live in the same house, how can you miss me? I don’t even see you half the time during the day because I am working and you are watching your TV shows or you are in your workshop.” Then it dawned on me, just knowing that I am around during the day, even if I don’t see him, gives him peace of mind and makes him comfortable. I may not see my grandparents during the day under normal circumstances as I am working from home, doing errands or stuff with the kids but they know I am close by. Usually within 5 – 10 minutes. -ha. You see, my parents and husband leave early in the morning for work and get home after dark. BUT I am always home or close by. It is so strange how life has come full circle with me and my grandparents. I use to have the sense of security with them when I was a kid and now roles have reversed and they have it with me. LIFE. IS. SO. STRANGE. SOMETIMES! Be sure to check out more about my grandparents and our Dementia Diaries that we started a few weeks ago.