I read an article today related to care giving and Valentines day. Mass marketing of this "Hallmark Holiday" as my daughter calls has convinced us that we have to receive lots of cards, flowers, chocolate and jewelry to be loved. It reminded me that true love is given in ways you can't buy. It is in the every day care giving that we do. It is in the smile of our loved ones that are thankful, even if they don't know it, for all that we do. It is for better and for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.... and that goes for every relationship. We see the worse, the poorer and the sickness and we still love with all our hearts and are loved in return.
For me..... it was a wonderful Valentine Day Love is abound!!! And you are right TC... love NEVER ends!
Hope each of you had a happy Valentine Day as well
My Mom has developed a taste for chocolate. Dad bought her a huge box at Christmas and now she can't live without it. So today he went to Walgreens and got 3 more huge boxes so when she runs out of it he has some at home.
It was so funny-one day we took her over before I had my spine surgery and she went right up to the huge box of Whitman's chocolate, hugged it and said this will be just fine! It was the cutest thing. At checkout everyone was laughing at her(not in a bad way) She kept going on about how she was getting old and kept asking my Dad "How old am I?" They all just started to laugh. They could tell she had dementia but she was just so cute how could you not laugh.
Before the dementia set in Mom and I used to go there every Christmas and stock up on the boxes of candy. The woman who checks us out has been there for years and she know us. I asked her what she thought of my Mom and she said she was a hoot but it was sad to see her like that.
It has to do with the deterioration of taste... The sweet and salty are the last taste sensation to leave. They are the foods they think. That is why salty crunch snacks along with desserts and candies seem to generally be craved. They taste good! I keep chocolate in Mom's room at all times but out of her reach. You may need to control the intake as I do with Mom. She would eat it all in a day if left to her own. I also tend to share it with other residents... and staff! Mom is unaware of the "day". I will stop by this afternoon and pick up all the half price hearts filled with candy Mom loves the heart shaped boxes even in July!!! We are almost finished with the Christmas candy