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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Jan 2011, 3:19 pm

An Unexpected Moment
By Sara L. Henderson
From: Jean Legel

It was hard to watch her fail. Physically she was growing
thinner and more stooped. Mentally she was losing her ability
to sort out reality. Initially, my grandmother had railed
angrily against the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease that were
eroding who she had always been. Eventually, the anger gave
way to frustration, and then resignation.

My grandmother had always been a strong woman. She had a
career before it was common for women to have careers. She
was independent. In her eighties, she was still dragging out
her stepladder every spring to wash all the windows in her
house. She was also a woman with a deep faith in God.

As my grandmother lost her ability to live alone, my father
moved her into his home. Grandchildren and great-
grandchildren were often in the house. She seemed to enjoy
being surrounded by the noise and activity of a large,
extended family.

As she slipped further away from us mentally, my
grandmother would occasionally have moments of lucidity
when she knew where she was and recognized everyone
around her. We never knew what prompted those moments,
when they would occur or how long they would last.

Toward the end of her life she became convinced that her
mother had knit everything she owned. "Mama knit my
boots," she would tell strangers, holding up a foot clad in
galoshes. "Mama knit my coat," she would say with a vacant
smile as she zipped up her raincoat. Soon we were putting
on her boots for her and helping her zip up her coat.

During my grandmother' s last autumn with us, we decided to
take a family outing. We packed up the cars and went to a
local fair for a day of caramel apples, craft booths and
carnival rides. Grandma loved flowers, so my dad bought her
a rose. She carried it proudly through the fair, stopping often
to breathe in its fragrance.

Grandma couldn't go on the carnival rides, of course, so she
sat on a bench close by and waited while the rest of the family
rode. Her moments of lucidity were now a thing of the past -
having eluded her for months - but she seemed content to sit
and watch as life unfolded around her. While the youngest
members of the family ran, laughing to get in line at the next
ride, my father took my grandmother to the nearest bench. A
sullen-looking young woman already occupied the bench, but
said she wouldn't mind sharing the bench. "Mama knit my
coat," my grandmother told the young woman as she sat
down.

When we came back to the bench to get her, the young
woman was holding the rose. She looked as though she had
been crying. "Thank you for sharing your grandmother with
me," she said. Then she told us her story. She had decided
that day was to be her last on Earth. In deep despair and
feeling she had nothing to live for, she was planning to go
home and commit suicide. While she sat on that bench with
Grandma, as the carnival noises swirled around them, she
found herself pouring out her troubles.

"Your grandmother listened to me," the young woman
informed us. "She told me about a time in her own life,
during the Depression, when she had lost hope. She told me
that God loved me and that He would watch over me and
would help me make it through my problems. She gave me
this rose. She told me that my life would unfold, just like this
rose, and that I would be surprised by its beauty. She told me
my life was a gift. She said she would be praying for me."

We stood, dumbfounded, as she hugged my grandmother and
thanked her for saving her life. Grandma just smiled a vacant
smile and patted her arm. As the young woman turned to
leave, she waved good-bye to us. Grandma waved back and
then turned to look at us, still standing in amazement.

"Mama knit my hat," she said.

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