Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I just now placed the pumpkin pies in the oven and it's time to get Tom out of bed, but I thought I'd zip downstairs and wish you all a merry Christmas.
Yes, I meant to get back here yesterday and I would have except that we watched a certain movie, one called, Away From Her, and it made me want to just stay upstairs with Tom.
It was a movie Tom and I discussed all the way through (there were many silences in the film) and one which made us ask, "What would we do in that situation?". It was about an older couple who must deal with the wife's increasing Alzheimer's and the pain each spouse experiences with her approaching memory loss.
How odd, we thought, that it was written and produced by young Sarah Polley, she who is only one year older than our daughter. The movie was well-written, with only one scene which could have been left out (don't all movies have at least one?), though I'd not recommend it for children (too slow, confusing and boring for most).
But for Tom and I, it made us think and is making us think still. What would we do if one of us no longer remembered the other? How would we handle the hurt? How long would we wait before we admitted we could no longer handle the other's sickness?
But more (and here is my excuse why I didn't come back here as I kinda promised)--it made us want to just sit together and appreciate each other. While we still can. While things are as good as they are. The movie made us want to celebrate what we have while we still have it.
And that feeling will carry over to this Christmas Day and make it all the more special... and simple... and calm... and appreciated. And we'll remember that Life is not about getting, but rather, about gratitude of what God has given--and giving to others out of that.
Again, Merry Christmas to each of you who stop by here during your days and spend some time with me. You are appreciated!