I am going to do one last thoughtful post before I move on to the celebratory posts as Christmas approaches.
I hope any younger readers don't think that I wish to be in any way depressing but it is a fact of life that at times people are ill and carers are still caring at any time of year. When I was younger my Christmas wishes were initially for that latest lego, a bit later on they were for some good Christmas celebrations and more recently that my loved ones are safe and have a good season. A few of you know that my Mum has Alzheimer's and was diagnosed some years ago. The winter season has always been the worst and the last couple of years have been very bad for her. The darker nights heighten the confusion and I think depression is combined with it, so much so that last year she really didn't want to be here any longer. Her sorrow was heartbreaking to watch. I wished so hard this year that she wouldn't have to go though that terrible time again and equally that my Dad, her carer would not have to face the pain of watching a loved one go through that together with undertaking all the daily chores. So as I look at all my old ornaments on the Christmas tree, I am smiling....
This one used to belong to them. Whilst they no longer decorate a tree, I am pleased to say that my fears have not materialised into fruition. Mum is out and about, shopping and visiting and enjoying some TV, even though she tells me it is all rubbish. I have watched her opening the Christmas cards and reading the rhymes out loud. I have no doubt that my Dad is being driven crazy and will probably be glad when Christmas is over. However, the contrast between this year and last year is startling and for that I am extremely thankful. For anyone battling illness right now or of course those people caring for them, I wish you the best possible time that you are able to have.
I am sure my readers will also understand this plug for the Alzheimer's charity who provide so much information and assistance throughout the year. Incidentally, it can be quite hard finding gifts for sufferers of Alzheimer's and my most successful one in recent years was a down filled body warmer......;)