Five Minute Friday: Door

Door.  I travelled to see a loved one this week who has been diagnosed with dementia.  She and a male friend had her door barricaded shut with a chair.  After a second knock, the man removed the chair which was wedged under the door knob and opened the door.

With this disease, I am never certain what I will encounter before I pass through her door. . .

During my visit, she showed me pictures of a man to whom she was once married.  She told me, “He was so nice to me.”  Having lived with this man she was referring to for several years while growing up, I know, for a fact, he was often not nice to her, his wife, as he had extreme sexist beliefs which manifested into condescending remarks and infidelity.

I had always joked with this woman after this marriage had ended that she had now transformed into a man hater of sorts since she often exclaimed, “I don’t need any man!”

This week I witnessed that her door on those negative memories with him had now closed, or, at the very least, for the time we sat together on her bed and sorted through pictures.

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In my forty-three years, God has presented me with a plethora of doors to open and walk through with my entire being.  Some I have entered with no thought to the consequences, some I have attempted to hold shut, and some doors I have clawed at wishing they would open just one more time . . . one more time.  Door.

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Five Minute Friday: Begin

Begin.  This word can have so many connotations.  For my oldest daughter, beginning a new year of school at a different building is the least on her list right now.  The hub and I are offering lots of hugs and squeezes and assurances she will love it again once she begins again.

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The Hub and I at the BEGINning of summah.

It seems like only yesterday was the beginning of our summer together where we had weeks ahead of us with long days and later nights.  It’s hard for me to believe this summer is almost over, and we will all begin again without having accomplished all we had hoped to accomplish during this break from school:  multiple trips to the water park, more found furniture painted, much time spent with loved ones, etc.

The end of this time together with my girls and Hub is tugging at my heart, but this new beginning of the academic year means memories yet to made.  Begin.

Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday:  Begin