Take a look at this picture. My grandma and grandpa celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Sixty-five years is a looooong time.
We celebrated with a family reunion of sorts. There were cousins there who I hadn't seen in fifteen years. It was nice to get together to share the event. There was a slide show that took us on a journey from the time they were first married, through the births of all six of their children. At the cake reception, my cousin put on a wonderful music program. It was a sing-a-long of sorts, singing songs that my Dad's family used to sing during long car trips. Hollywood helped out by playing on the guitar.
My grandpa has Alzheimer's. He handled the day very well, but he was confused and I think exhausted by the end of the night. I know a few of my cousins had a hard time seeing him like that - they were sad when he didn't remember them. I've seen him since he's been sick, so it wasn't a surprise to me, but I remember that first realization that his memory was going...
Grandma has made the decision to move him into the assisted living section of the retirement home that they live in. This week he will make the transition. I know it must have been a very hard decision for her, but it's the right one. Grandma needs to keep her strength up, and taking care of Grandpa full time like she's been doing has been very hard.
I know the day is coming when I will lose a grandparent. I'm aware that I'm very fortunate to still have all four of my grandparents alive at my age. I don't like thinking about losing any of them. What comforts me when I start to think of this, is the amazing legacy that they've created.
I'll close with this picture of Bumblebee giving Grandma a huge hug. This picture squishes my heart, I just love it so much. My daughter and my grandma embracing. How lovely.
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