Do you have a picture that says more than it was meant to, would you share?
Answered by: Jaimee Kendall,lives in Colorado
This past summer I took my 6 month old baby to meet my grandmother, who had been struggling with Alzheimers for a few years. Struggling is a bit of an understatement, actually, so I was desperate for my baby to meet my Grammie before it was too late.
It kind of felt like it was a little too late at times. Grammie would forget who Lucy was, thinking she was cooing at her first baby boy instead of someone a couple generations younger. I didn’t mind, and we repeated the same few conversations for the 3 days that we visited. But even when Grammie forgot who I was and who my mom was, she loved the little baby we brought to her.
I took so many pictures, to have something to hold onto I guess, to maybe capture the few good moments we had. Most of our visit was sitting quietly and looking at old pictures while Grammie only remembered a handful of the faces that showed up on the electronic frame.
We sat outside in the sun and Grammie asked to hold the baby. My anxiety-ridden brain was worried about feeble old hands dropping my precious Lucy, or a sharp little fingernail scratching fragile wrinkles, but in looking back at the photos from those moments in the sun, I am surprised at the happiness and pure love that I unintentionally captured. The bright colors contrast sharply from all the sadness I was feeling at losing my grandmother to such a harsh illness, and I am so grateful that I have such a vibrant reminder of my vibrant grandmother during such a dark time of her life.
She passed 6 months after this photo was taken. Her loss is still fresh, but I now have a vibrant 1-year-old who reflects every bit of the sass of her namesake and I know I am tasked with preparing this beautifully strong young thing to live in my Grammie’s shoes.