It has been a long time since I have updated my blog…….life got a little busier than I anticipated. Honestly, I really thought once Tyler left for college things would get a bit easier. Maybe it was wishful thinking, but I am quickly finding out it’s not reality. I am realizing it’s harder for me to leave home, I always had Tyler OR Madi who could stay with Curt and it made it pretty easy to leave. Now with just Madi, and with Curt’s skills diminishing I am reluctant to leave him as much. I miss having another driver around the house, I am back driving Madi everywhere and have no one to run a few errands for me. There are several other factors lending itself to my continual feeling of being overwhelmed….but yes, not something I want to talk about on a public blog.
But I have digressed……..the title of this post is Alzheimer’s and THANKSGIVING. And despite all that Curt continues to loose in terms of skills and a digression in activities of daily living, I have found that three things still remain.
Curt continues to have a passion and a love for the things of Christ. Christian/Worship music continues to bring tears to his eyes every time he hears it. We can be driving somewhere and I will be playing a song (Like Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Rise” Jeremy Camp “Overcome” or “Where I Belong” Building 429) and I look back and the man has tears streaming down his cheeks every time. He loves going to church on Sunday and enjoys having the bible being read to him. The word of God still speaks with an undying force to his heart and soul.
A love of Music is another thing that still remains. As most of you know Curt was an awesome and talented drummer, he really can no longer play drums. However, his passion for music pops up everywhere! It is the funniest thing, we can be at a store shopping and there will be music playing in the background and he will start humming along and asking me if I know what song it is? I think to myself every time….. do I know what song it is????? What song are you even talking about Curt I can barely even hear it! But he hears it every time and is banging out the beat on his legs and humming along. He is so tuned into music. He can be watching a football game and gasp, sometimes is enjoying the music in the background more than the game! We were watching an old Journey DVD the other night and he was banging out the beat on his legs NON STOP!! Yes music is still alive and well his Curt’s mind!
An enduring sense of humor! Every morning when I get him up and ready before I leave for school, I say, “time to get up…rise and shine!” He the proceeds to give me this devilish laugh and says “NO!” and then laughs again. He loves to watch old movies, just the other day he was laughing to the depths of what seemed to be his inner soul during “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” He would go around the house for days afterwards, going, “Bueller, Bueller, Bueller…anybody” When humor is inserted into a sermon at church, he picks up on it right away and often leans over to me and says, “that’s hilarious!” He loves to have a good laugh. This current ad from K-mart had him practically rolling on the floor recently! If you knew Curt, you would know he always had a playful and fun sense of humor, it’s nice to see a part of that still remains.
A passion for Jesus, and a passion for music were two things Curt always felt so strong about…..As this horrid disease continues to steal so much of Curt, it’s endearing to see that it can’t steal his love for the Lord and his passion for music!
So on this Thanksgiving weekend, we are thankful for the glimpses we continue to see of the old Curt. Yes some things are lasting, despite a horrible disease that can take so much…..3 things remain! And today we celebrate those things!
*Update, I had written this post a few days ago, but didn’t get it finished until today. In the mean time….Madi passed her driver’s test yesterday!! Woooohooo….celebrating that milestone with her. Yes this mom can still teach her teens to parallel park! :)