J: Today's post is a shout out to my selfless sister and her family. For the last 365 days they have lived the commandment to honor your parents in a way that testifies to the wonderful people that they are. I am so proud to be a part of the Parkway Project. Our parents are receiving the best possible care in the best possible setting. And it is only possible because my sister's family took a big deep breath and moved them in to their home one year ago.
Our blog has captured lots of the lighthearted moments of the journey, but trust me when I tell you that there are many more not so memorable moments that they endure as a family. Taking care of people with dementia is a thankless task. The boredom, the routine, the constant repetition - these wear on everyone. Sometimes it seems like their spacious house isn't big enough to handle all of the personalities involved on a daily basis. I am certain that sometimes they would love to walk into their house and see only their family. But they press on, knowing that all things are passing.
The lessons that my sister's kids are learning are priceless. Tenacity, endurance, fortitude - they live every day with these traits on display. Immediate gratification is everywhere today. My sister and her husband are teaching their kids that something don't come easily, and lots and lots of work is needed everyday. A wonderful life lesson for sure. I've heard it said that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you make of it. Nobody planned for both of our parents to have dementia. But certainly my sister's family has taken this rotten luck and made the best of it. Better than the best- they are making a wonderful life for our parents and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of it.
Thank you, thank you thank you!