Of course, given that they are in their 80s, there are also the omnipresent health issues to be wrestled with―and adapted to. And there are the usual rituals.
My mother-in-law was looking for something in her closet and it became a trip down memory lane.
She took down a carefully-wrapped package of linens and gently unwrapped about a dozen pillow cases. As she did she said, “This one I bought with my sister”. She touched the others tenderly, admiring the embroidery. “See this one? One dollar each. Whatever my sister bought, I bought.”
Her sister passed away 19 years ago.
I suddenly realized that this was not about the pillow cases.
This was about remembering a day with her sister―:
- About how happy they were that day
- About remembering who she was with her sister
- About remembering who she is today
We put the pillow cases away carefully in the closet so she could take them down and we could remember again another day.
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