Perhaps It Is the Tobassco

On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985.

Perhaps It Is the Tobassco

I can’t imagine my life without you.

It’s no fun watching herons alone,

            Or

Drinking coffee without a dash of salt

            When you’re not with me.

Even eggs taste better when you are around,

            Or

Perhaps it is the Tabasco.

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Bettie Lou died in February, 2010 from Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve organized a team to participate in this year’s Memory Walk on Saturday, September 7th to raise funds for research and awareness of Alzheimer’s in her honor. If you would like to donate, please visit Team B. Lou.

B. Lou...the reason we're walking!
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B. Lou...the reason we're walking!
B. Lou…the reason we’re walking!

Three and a half years ago, my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou, died after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans and it is expected to grow to as many as 16 million in the next 25 years.

In her memory and to celebrate what would have been her 86th birthday, our family is participating in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ocala on Saturday, September 7th.

We need your support to help us reach our fundraising goal to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s by raising funds for Alzheimer’s research, care, and support. Please click here to Donate to Team B. Lou.

Thank you for joining our movement.

Dee

How Can I Be Lonely?

On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985.IMG_0657

How Can I Be Lonely?

I used to be surrounded by love –

            Not so long ago.

It seems such a short time,

But days, weeks, months, years

            Pass so quickly –

And so will my loneliness.

It is such a strange feeling.

How can I be lonely

            When I like to be alone?

Perhaps the days, weeks, months, years

            Of family togetherness

Left little time for communicating.

I have what I need.

Forget what I want.

Put those thoughts to bed.

Sleep well, B. Lou.

Bettie Lou died in February, 2010 from Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve organized a team to participate in this year’s Memory Walk on Saturday, September 7th to raise funds for research and awareness of Alzheimer’s in her honor. If you would like to donate, please visit Team B. Lou.

I am the Clown

On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985.IMG_0300

I am the Clown

I have a sadness inside of me –

A sadness that I alone can see.

I am the clown who laughs and sings.

The clown who handles everything.

            I am the clown.

I want to sing. I want to dance.

I want to laugh. I want to cry.

My voice is weird and so am I.

I’ll say my prayers. The tears will dry.

Sing the songs and clap your hands.

Bring in the clown who laughs and sings.

The clown who handles everything.

            I am the clown.

Bettie Lou died in February, 2010 from Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve organized a team to participate in this year’s Memory Walk on Saturday, September 7th to raise funds for research and awareness of Alzheimer’s in her honor. If you would like to donate, please visit Team B. Lou.

Pride

On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985.

Pride

Where is my well?

Where does the Spirit dwell?

Why don’t you lift the ache from my heart?

Why don’t you take my cold, clammy hands

            And make them warm and useful?

You’ve done that in the past, you know.

Why do you leave me alone?

Is it that I’m tough and can handle it –

            Or

Is it that pride is closing you out?

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Bettie Lou died in February, 2010 from Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve organized a team to participate in this year’s Memory Walk on Saturday, September 7th to raise funds for research and awareness of Alzheimer’s in her honor. If you would like to donate, please visit Team B. Lou.