I haven't written about Mom this week because I have been busy blogging other stuff but that does not mean that Mom has not been a part of my life. She is just not an all consuming, unending part of my life now....that in itself is very weird!!
Dawn and I both stopped to see Mom on Monday before our chalk painting project. We sat in Mom's "living room" and her "neighbor" Elodie came over to visit with us. We were talking (gossiping) about all their other "neighbors" and then Elodie told us her husband had gotten killed in the Army. I told Elodie that Mom's husband had been in the Army and Mom looked at me like I was nuts and said...."I don't have a husband". That is the first time, to my knowledge, that Mom has forgotten Pops. It was a very weird feeling.
Today when I stopped by, all the "neighbors" were in the "restaurant" baking cookies with the activity director. The activity director at the memory care center is a wonderful, patient and happy person that works very hard at coming up with fun activities that the residents enjoy. Mom was happy to see me and introduced me to everyone as her sister. All the staff said hello and how nice it was to meet me. It is weird how very worried I was that Mom would not adjust to living away from me and now she doesn't even remember that she ever lived with me.
At least one member of the family stops by each day but of course Mom doesn't remember because she just got there a few hours ago. It is rewarding to us that each time we do stop by Mom is engaged in an activity or sitting outside with her "gang" or visiting with Harriet. We have yet to find Mom in her room by herself.
What is really weird is that I didn't think to take a photo of Mom making her cookies. Dang!!!