Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beyond mere words

During a visit to Maryland in May, I spent time with my dear mother at Brighton Gardens, where she has lived since mid-December after nearly 40 years in her much-loved home on Windstream Drive. One afternoon, I took her husband, Andy, along with me, and we sat for a few moments in Mom's room. Andy lowered himself with great care into this familiar chair, leaned forward to engage the casters, and rolled up to his wife's side for some conversation. Though Mom rarely accesses verbal language these days, her ability to engage is stronger than ever. Here, she reaches in, resting both hands on her beloved's knees, and offers attentive eye contact as he speaks about his health: a moment of intimate grace at its best.

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