P is for Picture, #AtoZChallenge

I wanted to explain the picture I used in my last post, O is for One Perfect Moment, #AtoZChallenge.


I went home for Christmas this winter thinking it would be the last time I saw my mom. My flight back to California was ridiculously early so I had to say goodbye the night before. I asked my dad to tell me when it was time to say goodnight and he let me know when Mom was finally ready to go to bed. I went to her and tried to stay really happy and positive, giving her a hug and saying goodnight. It was quick because I didn’t want to think too hard about the situation, but as soon as I left the room I realized I forgot to tell her I loved her.

I had to go back in, I knew I needed to tell her in person because it might be the last opportunity I got to do so. My sister came in after and while I was hugging my mom on one side, my dad hugged her on the other side and she took this perfect picture. In it we all have genuine smiles. We are holding onto each other and although the practical reason is we have to hold on to Mom to help her keep her balance, in the picture it just looks like a warm embrace (which it also was). When I look at the picture I can’t tell my mom has Alzheimer’s. I see happiness, love, family. That’s why I was inspired to write the poem that I did.

I don’t like to talk about perfection, because I think it’s generally an unobtainable and unrealistic goal. I see this picture though, and it really is one perfect moment.


18 thoughts on “P is for Picture, #AtoZChallenge

  1. I think we cannot deliberately make a perfect moment, but I know, just as you do, that sometimes everything comes together to allow a perfect moment, a perfect smile, the perfect word, a perfect memory. We cherish them as the treasures they are. ❤

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  2. Sweetheart, I cry for you. I give you many warm virtual hugs.
    Great idea, A to Z. Good therapy.
    Sorry to have been absent lately – getting my book out (Chasing a Butterfly-A journey in poems of love and loss to acceptance {now out and available} . which was my writing way of coping with the same thing – with my wife, now sadly gone).
    Do keep writing and loving. I am with you in spirit.

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  3. Dear Serena,
    Thank you. How would you like to share some of your stuff with me on my blog as a guest blogger?
    Depending how long it is, the whole alphabet? Or a to m, then another when you’re finished, n to z?

    You can find my book on Amazon: type in Chasing a Butterfly by H. W. Bryce and it should pop up.
    You can also order it from the printer/publisher: friesenpress.com/bookstore, and type in as above.
    OR: try clicking here:

    Blogger at: http://hwbrycewrites.com
    Order Chasing a Butterfly at:
    Note: Partial proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society.
    Poet published in anthologies
    Poetry Judge at 6th Rabindrinath Tagore Awards International 2016

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