My experiences while living with my mother and her Alzheimer's Disease.(her birthdate = January 2, 1925)

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Two fellow teachers and I were privileged to go to a workshop with Barry Lane in Victoria, Texas, on assisting students to revise drafts into better pieces of writing. One of his ideas was to write a "snapshot" of a character. He encouraged us to write a snapshot of our own. I am extremely proud of my "snapshot" of my mother and would like to share it with any Mama story readers:

A Snapshot of Mama
by Connie Ratliff
written in a workshop in Victoria, Texas
on October 27, 2004

Mama always loved laughter and happiness. Things that might have toppled another person made her stronger. She looked for, and found, something good about everyone she met. She encouraged us to be the best we could be, but accepted us as we were.

Many of those qualities still shine through even though the Alzheimer's disease has taken much of her memory. She is happy to see everyone. She always gives each of us a smile and kisses. She still makes everyone feel loved and important just because we are in her presence. This is her gift to our world each and every day.