~👰🏼This was my beautiful Mama at 17 years old, a Senior in High School, on her wedding day to my Daddy, April 1962.
~~My parents divorced when I was 11 yrs old- the same year that my Mama's Daddy, my Grandaddy, J.T. Neal, passed away. So for the 11 year old me, this was a very difficult time in my life.🙇🏼♀️
~~I'm having a sad morning because I was in touch with my Mama's oldest brother's son, Jay, yesterday to let Jay's wife know where to find where my daughter, Sarah, would be working in NOLA today @misssmartypantsnola.
~~The childhood memories spent with my cousins, Jay and his brother Todd, knowing how much my Granny and my Grandaddy loved Todd & Jay, how much my maternal grandparents loved their favorite granddaughter-ME, and remembering that I was pregnant with Sarah when Todd & Jay's Dad, my Uncle Mickey (my Mama's oldest brother) died too early in his 40s- have kept me crying most of this morning.😓
~~It also has been almost 2 years since my family lost my Mama, and their Nana, Sister, Cousin, and Aunt Nancy to Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month💜, and the posts on IG remind me daily of how much my precious Mama is missed, not just by her children, but by every life she touched. My Mama was one of the most special people, who God placed on this earth! She loved and gave of herself to every person she met!!👩🏼🍳👩🏼💼💆🏼♀️🤱🏼
~💜~During Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Please remember all those who have lost friends and family members to one of the most horrible, difficult, sad diseases. The tears are real. I think about my Mama so many times each day, often with laughter-and too many times with tears because I miss her role in my life and in her first granddaughters (my 2 girls) lives so much. I can still hear her voice--Alzheimer's Disease took that sweet voice away from me- oh how I would love to talk to her again today. Fortunately, I know that one day I will see my Mama in Heaven, and I look forward to the day we will have our joyful reunion-both of us hugging each other with new, healed bodies!!