Listmates, can it seem possible that Christmas is only three weeks form
tomorrow? I know that some of you have mentioned that you are not looking
forward to Christmas, as your loved ones can no longer communicate with you.
They no longer seem to be aware of what is going on around them. I think that
if I could get any present I wanted for Christmas, I would want to have my
mother back the way she was before this terrible disease struck. That is also
be my Christmas wish for you and your loved ones also. I know that this
Christmas will be a hard time for many of us, and especially those whose loved
ones have recently been diagnosed with AD or some other form of dememtia. My
thoughts and prayers are with you.
On Christmas Day
She sat by the window on Christmas Day,
We hoped she could watch the children play.
The house was warm, and full of cheer.
It was time for laughter, no place for tears.
When breakfast was done, we gathered round.
The children were restless as the story was found.
The Scripture was read of the Savior's birth,
It spoke of God's Son who came to this earth.
Then came the corals we loved to sing.
We honored the birth of this newborn King.
There came a voice, a voice soft and clear.
And as we listened, it was sweet to our ear.
My mother 'til now, had seemed unaware.
We knew in our hearts that she could not share.
And yet here she was, with a smile as she sang,
If but for a moment, Heaven's bells rang.
I got to my feet to go give her a hug.
But then I awoke as my feet touched the rug.
It was only a dream, a wish I had made,
As the scene I had witnessed began to fade
She'll sit by the window on Christmas Day.
We wish she could watch as the children play.
© 1998, Jerry Ham