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On Her Own Terms

Posted on January 24, 2019

A few weeks later, Alberta surprised her children by entering the kitchen in a fashionable dress, with the desire to go to church.  When they informed her that it was Thursday evening and not Sunday morning, she grew confused and disappointed.  She looked at her watch – an old, but elaborate, self-wind timepiece – and couldn’t figure out what had gone wrong. “Did you remember to wind it, Mom?” asked Jennifer, to which her mother closed her eyes in understanding. “But I want to pray,” she affirmed. On a whim, Robin phoned the church and discovered that the choir practiced every Thursday evening, and that the church would remain open until the session had concluded.  “Come on, Mom, I’ll take you.  The last time I was in church…

Life Among the Stones – Sandy (Chapter 14)

Posted on January 23, 2019

The test findings confirmed their fears – Alberta Alexander’s disease was worsening faster than expected.  Her worry that it would lead to a long and protracted decline that would become a heavy burden for her caregivers seemed to be somewhat assuaged. Elizabeth Fairborough, now understanding that Robin and Jennifer were following their mother along a different route for care, thought they should be the ones to inform their mother of the rapid advancement of the disease.  Fairborough prescribed some medication to help with the worst of it, but other than that, she could only watch as her old friend and confidante of many years moved quickly into the realm of the unknown.  Her children and her doctor could only be companions on the journey now, no longer…

Life Among the Stones – Alberta’s Wish (Chapter 13)

Posted on January 21, 2019

The older woman faced them directly. “There can often be milestones along the way, occasions when the caregivers, and sometimes the patient, can spot that they are entering a new stage.  Perhaps that’s what Edinburgh was all about.  You say she hasn’t been the same?” Elizabeth Fairborough’s queries were professionally delivered, but behind the words was a shared sense of sadness between the doctor, Robin, and Jennifer.  Alberta was down the hall, undergoing a series of tests. With her in good and capable hands, the three had used the opportunity to have an intimate chat in Fairborough’s office. “No, something’s different. She still gets around the house with no real problems, but she more frequently fades off into another world – sometimes right in front of us.  Her eyes light…

Life Among the Stones – First Kiss (Chapter 12)

Posted on January 20, 2019

The morning began with a light rain that gave way to sparsely clouded skies before the lunch hour. Alberta slept in and, upon rising, commented, “O dear, what did I miss?” She was looking at the wrinkled clothes she had slept in for over 12 hours. She had no idea how it happened. “You were exhausted following that walk, Mom. You didn’t even want dinner, only to sleep. Remember any of it?” Her daughter’s question received only a confused stare in response. She watched as her mother thought hard, working her way back through the hours to that moment Jenny was referring to, but it was gone – likely permanently. “I’m sorry if I caused you any difficulty … or embarrassment, Jen. O my,…

Life Among the Stones – To the Castle and Beyond (Chapter 11)

Posted on January 19, 2019

Alberta had wanted to walk from the Principal Hotel to the base of Edinburgh Castle and then along the winding road to the top of the great cliff.??It had been a mistake.??The ups and downs of the trek had tired Jennifer, but had exhausted her mother.?The uneven conditions of the alleys and pathways had made for precarious walking, leaving Jennifer to reach for and steady her mother on more than a few occasions. They talked frequently along the way but concentrated mostly on putting one foot in front of the other in order to get to the base of the great castle.  There were clouds coasting through the increasingly pale blue sky but mostly the sun was permitted to shine freely over the ancient city.  …

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