Hanukkah and Mom

Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

After work I went to see Mom to spend some time with her. I still have not been feeling that great but decided I would go at least for a little while. Mom couldn’t wait till I got there. She was all smiles. Last week Mom said, “Your Mother is back” and lately I have been feeling how true that is. It’s scary because I don’t want it to stop. I enjoy seeing her like this. I wish more than anything I could bring her home.

When I got there, Mom reached into her walker and handed me a little gift bag and said “Happy Hanukkah” with a smile on her face. Mom has been helping someone sell costume jewelry in the home for the holidays. I almost cried when I saw this gift. Just the thought of her thinking of me made me so proud of her to see how much she fought back to be here today.

I left there feeling like nothing else that I am going through mattered. It doesn’t matter that there’s so much going on right now in my life because seeing her the way she is makes it all seem so unimportant.

Today I lit the first candle on the Menorah and also have the Christmas tree up which I call my Christmakkuh tree. I love when the holidays fall out at the same time. It’s such a beautiful time of the year.

Happy Hanukkah to all my caregiving friends who observe!

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8 Comments on "Hanukkah and Mom"

Dec 20, 2011

Hi Meryl:

How sweet. The necklace and earrings are beautiful. When Nicole was much younger she went shopping at the mall with her dad’s cousin and she went to Build-A-Bear and bought me Frosty the Snowman. I cherish that gift to this day.

Happy Hanukkah to you also.

Jane~ mom to Nicole, 17 yo, VSD, PAH, Eisenmengers, BHJS
“If you don’t like something change it, if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

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Dec 21, 2011

Oh, Meryl, this is so lovely! What a wonderful evening with so many gifts! And, it’s wonderful you have these gifts to treasure forever. Happy Hanukkah!

Dec 21, 2011

Denise, thank you! The best gift is seeing her like she is now! The necklace and earrings are just an added bonus!

Dec 21, 2011

Meryl, this is wonderful! Happy Hanukkah!

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Dec 22, 2011


What a beautiful gift and having great days with your mom, makes it even that much better :) I know you will think of these good days every time you wear your necklace and earrings :)