Being With Family

Being back in California with all the kids, grand-kids and great grand-kids is wonderful. What more can I ask for? We now have two great grand children. A girl, almost 7 months old, and a boy, just a month old. We spend a lot of time together.

Someone in our family made a simple family tree in 1996 and it wasn’t until I added my great grand children that it seems that they are the 8th or 9th generation in our family. So, I have decided to start delving into our family tree. It’s a huge project, lots of dead ends, and a lot of thought and work will have to go into getting into the records. I’m going to try.

Other than that, am looking forward to my birthday in two weeks and one day. Next year I will be eighty! Because of that and my health I have to give up on Adopt A Caregiver. I will still write about it, but I can’t run out to speak to groups like I did in Henderson. This will be an easier path for me.

I thank all of you who have responded to Adopt A Caregiver. And now, all I ask, is for you to be aware of the caregivers in your block, your work, your school, and your community. These people are lonely, scared, don’t want to talk about it, but they need a friend. Send a note, an email, just check in once in a while. Please.

If you don’t understand what it’s like to be a caregiver, read my book, Behind The Mask. I spent seven long years smiling for my husband who was suddenly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Stand in my shoes for an hour or two,  read how I felt and have compassion for those around you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Moore First Lines

As I have said before, I like doing First Lines, so I never have to face a blank page.

Here are a few more of my First Lines:

“Every time a writer puts his thoughts on paper, it’s a new beginning.

You robbed your mother of her greatest joy!

The bond between families is like elastic, it expands and contracts (during crisis) as needed.

The camera catches every flaw and this time was no different.

How can you hear, when you are so busy interrupting?

The evening shadows danced across the wall as she cringed in fear beside the bed, never taking her eyes off the gun pointed at her face.”

I hope some of you who like to write will start a short story using one of my first sentences.

It’s family time for me this week. Seeing all the family on Saturday, my birthday, and seeing each part of the family one day at a time. It’s such fun.  So no, they’re  not tired of us yet.

Please take a moment to look at my new website:

www.adoptacaregiver.org

My blog will be the same on both.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene