Every Christmas, when I was a child, I would receive a paddle ball in my stocking. It was a paddle with a rubber band attached to it and a ball on the end of the rubber band.
I would paddle so hard to keep the ball bouncing from the paddle into the air. Peggy and I would play this game for hours. The trick was to keep the ball meeting the paddle. Not an easy task to complete every time but we had such fun trying.
Peggy is like the ball on the end of the rubber band. She goes up and down from day to day. I am never quite sure if I can keep the ball bouncing from my heart to hers.
I am never quite sure if the call that I make today will be the last time that I am able to bounce the ball from my heart to Peggy's ears.
Peggy is the ball on the rubber band and she is attached to the paddle board.
The paddle board is the life that she had lived, the bouncing ball is the life that she lives today.
She is being bounced up and down and the paddle is in the hands of Alzheimer's disease.
Today, I had the paddle in my hands for a second. I told her that I loved her today she said, I love you too!
At that instant, Alzheimer's took the paddle from my hand and continued it's game with her life bouncing her up and down and she was confused again.
For a second....
For just a second...
I held the paddle board in my hand and the ball that was Peggy came flying from the air and hit my paddle dead center by telling me that she loved me.
A small gift on a snowy, cold day.
I was able to playing paddle ball with my sister again. We both won and we both lost but we did play!
I Love You Today, Peggy!