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FORGETTING THE UNFORGETTABLE

When I was growing up, my mother’s raisin cookies were a family favourite and making them was a regular Saturday afternoon mother-daughter event.

 

Instead of adding whole raisins to the butterscotch-flavoured dough, my mother used an old-fashioned meat grinder to mince the fruit. I would turn the handle on the grinder as she fed raisins into the mouth of the machine.  We would take turns stirring the thick batter and sing Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man, as we patted the dough into a log.  When the cookies were in the oven, we would sit at the kitchen table and sip milky tea while we waited for the timer to chime.

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http://alzheimersocietyblog.ca/forgetting-unforgettable-recipe-mamies-butterscotch-raisin-cookies/

 

Elizabeth Murray is the author of Holding on to Mamie:  My Mother, Dementia and Me holdingontomamie.ca

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A FAMILY AFFAIR

 

When my son, Davis, was young he used to say that he loved Mommy best, Grandma second and Daddy third. My mother returned his feelings tenfold.

 

Her devotion to him only increased as he grew from an infant to a toddler to a boy. Her house was transformed into Davis’ second residence, complete with his own room, toys, books and clothes. She was constantly thinking up new activities for them to enjoy together - a large cardboard box was turned into their clubhouse and the basement rec room became an imaginary hockey rink. 

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Elizabeth Murray is the author of Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me.  www.holdingontomamie.ca

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I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER

 

I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER

 

I was pregnant when I first read I’ll Love You Forever, Robert Munsch’s book about the unconditional love between a mother and her son. I didn’t yet appreciate the bond I would have with my own child but the story brought me to tears as I thought about my relationship with my mother.  I vowed that I would always care for her just as she had cared for me.

I couldn’t have imagined what would happen twelve years later.

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Elizabeth Murray is the author of Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me.  www.holdingontomamie.ca

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