Tuesday 24 April 2012

V is for Value

As I look at my mother I truely value our relationship and I still see hope.  I know that if we focus on the things that she can do we will have a much more rewarding encounter.  She can still communicate, laugh, and in some instances learn.  She still has a kind word to say to those she meets and asks you if you are alright.

When encouraged she can also make you laugh and you forget that it is she that is dependant on you. I sometimes look at my mother and wonder when I reach her age if my son will find qualities in me to celebrate and I hope I impart to him the importance of valuing relationships.

Words so far....

A is for Alzheimer’s, B is for Behaviour, C is for Carer, D is for Dependant, E is for Enough, F is for Fear, G is for Guilt, H is for Health Professionals, I is forIdentity, J is for Judgement K is for Knowledge, L is for Love,  M is for Motherhood, N is for Neighbourhood, O is for Opportunities P is for Purpose, Q is for Quietness, R is for Regret, S is for Strategies, T is for Tradition, U is for Understanding

These posts are part of the A-Z Challenge taking place during the month of April.  I have been sharing about my experience as a carer to a mother with Dementia.  If you would like to know more join the Arts in Health Network and also check out my website for information on some of the work I have done with Creativity and Dementia.


  1. Jo, its been up and down but there is so much to be had when we look at the gifts that are buried amongst all the emotion.

  2. Karen so much has come through age and wisdom, I now appreciate much more what my parents use to tell me when I was younger!

  3. This was a beautiful and touching post! I love the photo of your son and Mom! It is a treasure to teach him to see the goodness in others and how situations do cause different insight! (((hugs)))

  4. Amanda,
    I bet your son will value you as you get older. I think if we've taught them well-my son is 13 and he is so kind and loving and does value the small things in everyone :)

  5. Ella, it's amazing to see how fast he has grown and the wisdom that he can sometimes bring to a situation.

    Tracy, ahh, the teenage years...

  6. What a wonderful post on love and remaining positive, Amanda.

  7. M Pax, many thanks, for your visit.

  8. What a great tribute to your Mom! I never really knew mine...you are so fortunate to have her in your life!...:)JP

  9. JP thank you. Sorry to hear that you never really knew yours, we can also honour those who make a big impact in our lives.


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