What I Have Learned about Love: Moments of Indelible Beauty

heronThe canoe slips through the narrow passageway just as the sun touches the water. As we round a corner, we spot a black-capped heron, poised for fishing, elegant with its delicate feathery head plume, powdery blue beak and long ivory body. He stares at us for a moment and then lifts his grand wings and disappears into the groves of elephant ear trees. Though we see him for only a few seconds, his beauty stays with us throughout the day. 

So many times, when my mother was deep into her Alzheimer’s journey, I rounded a corner and had a glimpse of her true depth and beauty.  Then, like the heron, she disappeared into her own personal forest. But the image of her shining face and the excitement of the momentary connection remained with me. forest

This month, I’m going to write about one of my favorite topics—love. I’m asking myself, “What have I learned about love by knowing and caring for people who have Alzheimer’s?” I welcome your answers to that question.

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4 Comments

  1. maril crabtree on February 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

    What I have learned: to love without expectation is “pure love”

  2. Deb Edwards on February 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    What I have learned is love is made up of a single moment, a series of moments, or random moments that leave lasting memories for recollection at any given moment.

  3. susansayings on February 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Loving a person in the “land of dementia” is teaching me the meaning of grace–of letting go of what I think makes a person deserving of love, so that I can embrace them and myself in each encounter, without regard to the silent critic that often haunts us.

  4. deborahshousewrites on February 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you all for these inspiring comments. I love being lifted by love.

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