This beautiful lady in the picture above was my mother. Today would have been her ninety-seventh birthday. She died in 2008 with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Most all of us feel that our mothers are/were very special people. We should feel that way because they gave us life. Please allow me to share with you a little about my mom and why I feel that she was super-special. I am celebrating her birthday, today, because she was my mom; but, more importantly for me, at this stage of my life, she helped prepare me for my diagnosis with dementia of Lewy bodies (LBD).
My mom was a Christian, and she married a Christian. As a young child, she made me memorize scripture verses. Sometimes, I did not want to do it; however, she never gave up on me. It was those scripture verses that got me through my first claustrophobic MRI in 2012. She always insisted that my sister and I memorize scripture. It took more effort on her part to get me to memorize the scripture verses than it did with my sister. My sister was always smarter than I was.
Mom started praying for my sister and me from the time of our birth. She prayed that we would come to know Jesus, as our Lord and Savior. I did that when I was eight years old. She prayed that we would get a college education and would be successful in whatever God wanted us to do. It is no accident, that at the age of eight, I told my mom and dad that I wanted to be a pharmacist. Mom prayed for whomever would be our spouse. She prayed that they would be a Christian.
In 1969, a beautiful red-headed lady came into the pharmacy where I was interning and ask for a job. I did not know her nor had I seen her before. When she left the pharmacy, I told the pharmacist, "you must employee her because I know that she will make a good employee". One year later, the week before my graduation from pharmacy school, she and I were married. All of these things that took place, mom had prayed would happen and they did.
Life has not been easy during our forty-five years of marriage. At the age of thirty, my wife was diagnosed with Lupus and later diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Our children were small, and I needed to meet most of their needs during those early years. I continued to work sixty to eighty hours a week and still meet all of my family's needs. My wife endured those years of me being a workaholic. God sustained us through these last forty-five years. Now, he is sustaining us as we go through the journey of my having LBD. He continues to meet our every need.
My journey today is much easier because of the foundation that my mother set for me. I am able to face tomorrow because she cared for me enough to spend time and teach me to live a Christian life. My wife has picked up where my mom left off, and she continues to stand by my side as we go through our journey together. Life is good and I must live it to the fullest.
Thank you mom for being more than just a mom!
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.