There is no one I know who is happier than my mother-in-law.
She has Alzheimer’s.
Only her memory is affected. She can remember what she wore on Tuesday April 5, 1953, but she does not remember watching her husband of 62 years die in front of her eyes from a stroke 18 months ago.
She remembers every detail of her daughter’s birth…how long she was in labor, what day of the week it was, how much she weighed…. But she does not remember that this same daughter disowned the family in 1982 and hasn’t spoken to her since.
She lives in the immediate present, is thankful for what she has, is unable to remember what makes her sad or angry, and is hopeful for the future.
While we can’t forget the bad things in our life or people who have wronged us, we can try to move past them. And maybe if we try, we can succeed enough to gain a little bit of the elusive happiness we are all searching for.
Life lesson learned.