Hi, I’ve been taking a little vacation in Seattle to celebrate my birthday. It’s been a week of celebration. It’s been really terrific. We spent some time at the beach on Camano Island. It’s been raining but it’s still been great!
We’ve been sitting by the wood stove, reading, listening to the rain.
We took long beach walks.
We collected cool, patterned wood.
And colorful rocks.
And admired what the neighbors did with their collected beach rocks.
Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion,
Forgiveness for my irrationality
And strength to walk with me
into the mist of memory my world has become.
Please help them to take my hand and stay awhile
even though I seem unaware of their presence.
Help them to know how their strength and loving care
will drift slowly into the days to come
just when I need it most.
Let them know when I don’t recognize them
That I will… I will
keep their hearts free from sorrow for me.
For my sorrow, when it comes,
only lasts a moment, then it’s gone.
And finally, please let them know
how much their visits mean to me —
even through this relentless mystery
I can still feel their love.