One of my earliest memories of my Great Grandmother Mabel was her calling me my Mom’s name (JoJo) and not really being coherent. I was six years old and she was 95. She was healthy as a horse but mentally not well and suffered from severe dementia. Honestly, she scared me because I didn’t understand why she acted that way. I’ve seen three of my great-grandmas (one of them a “step”) age in different ways and pass away. Two were healthy up until the end but lost their minds and the other was sharp as a teenager until she died. I’m thankful I was able to spend as much time with my Great Grandma’s Mabel, Asenath & Marge.
Fortunately, Jackson has four great grandmas alive today. One lives a couple of towns away, Greg’s Grandmother, and we don’t see her nearly enough as we should. Three weeks ago, she fell and broke her hip but fortunately she had a medic button since she lives alone. She had a hip replacement and is now recovering in the hospital.
Greg, Jackson and I went to visit her today and she was thrilled to see us. Sadly her mind is going, due to dementia, but she was so excited to see “her” Gregory and his baby. She didn’t remember my name, so I quickly said “Joanna” and this is baby Jackson. She loved talking with Jackson and banging on her table along with him. She kept telling Jackson “I Love You!” and he looked right in her eyes and also said “I LOVE YOU!” I almost fell off my chair, but I looked at the other 4 adults in the room and they all heard it, clear as day!
That was Jackson’s first sentence and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. I’m so proud of Jackson saying this to his Great-Grandma Anna when she needed to hear it most. I know her memory is failing her, but I hope this moment will bring a smile to her face when she does recall it, I know I will.