I still cannot believe that Alzheimer's entered your life, Peggy! I sometimes think that I will wake up and it would have been a bad dream.
Why do bad things happen to good people? A question of the ages!
We were a good team, Peggy. You even liked to watch the video's that I produced and I enjoyed hearing your stories. We shared a special bond.
I remember the week that we spent in Ft. Walton Beach, just to talk and sort out our lives. So much was going on at that time and we spent the week trying to find solutions and give each other support. Plus, we had a blast just hanging out on the beach and taking the time for our tennis battles. You had a mean forehand and I have a killer backhand. It was a good week for us to sort out our lives and play together.
There is still much to sort out for me while your life has already been sorted out by Alzheimer's Disease.
Betty Jean, Barbara and I have made plans for our Sister's Trip this summer. We are all sad that you cannot come but you will be there.... You will be there when we remember stories of you and share them with one another. You are always in our hearts and minds.
It is difficult for each of us to let you go. Maybe, there is another hidden blessing in Alzheimer's Disease. We get to let you go in stages and not all at once. I'm not sure which would be easier.
I just know that It hurts to watch you disappear and hurts to finally come to the realization that there is not enough love on this earth to help you stay or be the way that you were. So...We Remember.
We remember how you made us laugh.
We remember how you cared.
We remember your wonderful spunk and spirit.
We shared the same parents, the same smells of childhood, the same memories of Christmas' at home. We shared summers and winters on St. Charles Court.
We have much to be thankful for and much to Grieve about.
I feel privileged that I knew you as a little girl, as a young woman, as a bride, as a new mother and always as my Sister.
Thank you Peggy for... All the Old Times and all the fun times.
I will always cherish and remember the "You" that you were and all of our times together.
I have heard it said that Love never dies...It just goes to shine somewhere else!
Where ever you are going...I know that you will shine like the brightest star!
When Alzheimer's finally takes you away Peggy....
I will go outside on a dark night and look up to the heavens and find the brightest star, twinkling...I know that it will be you....... saying Hello to me.
Recall it as often as you wish, A happy memory never wears out........Libbie Fudim
Who we are... is connected to those we love and to those who have influenced us toward goodness.......Christopher de Vinck
I Love You Today, Peggy!