Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I ran into Alice taking a walk for a break and invited her to call or come over when she needed a glass of wine or a hug. And she called! I had just made a batch of brownies and invited them both over for wine and brownies. Beverly doesn't drink alcohol any more which is a good thing but was happy with a cold Fresca. And Alice talked and talked and He-Who so enjoyed the visit. I did what I could to support Alice and the move going through all the reasons why we are moving to San Antonio. Beverly sat listening but said little. Alice calls her by the nickname of "Bev" and when I hugged her goodby, I asked if I, too, could call her Bev. She smiled and said, "Of course, you are family now." Mission accomplished!!!
On reflection I thought we had just had communion shared with love and compassion. And this is what it is all about. And it was so good for He-Who to feel that he was helping and contributing. And he showed them the new book with the dedication to him.
Later I ran into Alice again and she thanked us once more and said that was the only social event she has had here. Damn, this disease can be and is so isolating for the victim and the caregiver.