Today is May 1, a special holiday to honor the Workers of the country.
Today I want to honor two special people doing very difficult work – taking care of an elderly dementia patient. That patient is also someone special to me. She is my Beloved’s mother.
The two people I am talking about are her live-in Care-givers.
If you have a loved-one with dementia, you know how hard it is to live with her in the same house. Your love for her will be able to cover the emotional, relational and psychological losses that both of you have experienced through the illness. But you also will know that you cannot take care of her full-time and expect to care for a young family also. And if you are living too far away and circumstances have made it so that you just cannot keep her with you but rather trust total strangers to care for her, there is pain and loss there, too.
Care-givers are a special breed of workers. The ones I am talking about are two young women who have trained and committed themselves to give care for others who cannot do it themselves, to earn a living. They have left their own homes to live with my Beloved’s mother and take care of her, like you would an elderly parent or grand-parent. That’s how they see her. She’s not just a patient. She’s family.
So, today I want to recognize these two brave and loving women for what they do. They deserve all the respect and honor for their untiring work to take care of my Beloved’s mother as if she is their own. I give them a big THANK YOU and I pray that God will bless them all the more for their love and dedication.
Have a productive and blessed Labor Day to you, May and Mau.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
(Photo taken during our family dinner by the Sea with my Beloved’s mother)