Elaine and Her Mom Betty
Ah yes, mothers! Now is the time to celebrate you all! Please welcome author, speaker and certified dementia practitioner Elaine Pereira here today for a guest post. Thank you, Elaine for your wonderful post! I hope you enjoy her reflections written below on how her mother, diagnosed with dementia, has inspired her. The story has inspired Elaine to write the book I Will Never Forget – and she is the perfect one to write it, given the experiences she outlines here.
Here is Elaine’s post!
Mothers! The First Women to Inspire Us
A lengthy and impressive list of remarkable women have achieved medical miracles, championed causes and modeled extraordinary grace collectively “making a real difference”. But there are literally millions of women, mostly invisible to the world, who selflessly execute the most difficult job there is: Being a Mom!
Raising children from infancy, through teenager abyss and into adulthood without abandoning ship is only part of their accomplishment. The other side of life’s motherhood coin is the daunting responsibility of being a parent to your parent!
I know! I’ve been there. Just like many of you who have, are or will be! Honestly parenting my twin daughters was easier than parenting my mom.
Elaine and Her Mother. Photo Source: © Elaine Pereira.
Setting The Bar High
My mother’s incredible life traversed almost nine decades. Born in 1924, Elizabeth (Betty) was five when the Great Depression hit causing severe financial havoc. Later, in the shadows of World War II, Betty earned her BS in chemistry. Relocating as a young woman from Indiana for a job in Michigan, she was a trailblazing role model for others.
My parents married in 1946. Gerald was born in 1947 and David in 1949. Four months pregnant with her third child in 1951, unspeakable tragedy struck. Their car was T-boned by a young driver who plowed into the front passenger side where my mom was cradling 20 month old David. Hurled into the dashboard, little David lived only a few days.
Before car seats, seat belts and car insurance they endured emotional devastation and faced financial ruin. But despite mom’s numerous injuries, she remained resolutely strong for her unborn baby, me!
A Great Mom