My amazing Mother age 69
Real Estate Broker
Founding partner and corporate vice president ConAm,
A fortune 500 real estate holding company (www.conam.com)
In the 60’s and 70’s women were struggling for equality and power.
Mom already had the equality and power
Some of my best traits come from her:
She had so many best friends, everyone was a friend
Mom knew how to throw a party, everything needed to be perfect
Then Alzheimer’s came to stay and Mom asks;
How many kids do I have?
Me: Five but four living
Mom: You have so much going on! How do you know how to sell real estate and manage a home?
Me: I learned from you Mom
Mom: How are you going to entertain all those people?
Me: You always did the best parties Mom
Mom: I did?
Mom: Are you wearing a bra?
Me: (thinking) how the heck can you tell if I'm wearing a bra but can't remember if your parents are alive or dead?
Mom: Who am I married to?
Mom: Why aren't I married to your Dad? He is the love of my life.
Me: You divorced him.
Mom: Well that was the biggest mistake of my life. (Mom always sheds tears here)
More bad news: When Alzheimer's came to stay I gained 14 pounds. 14 pounds I could not afford to gain! Don't worry about me though, myself and I have had a 'come to Jesus'. I'm on a program now, I won't be getting into my skinny jeans but I will atleast get my Alzheimers weight off. Which explains why I'm awake at 3:00 AM.
The good news; Alzheimer’s takes the bad memories too.