I miss Mom, both physically and the lady she once was. I miss the in-depth talks we once had. I call her every day. I've only missed one day since she moved into her assisted living facility in January. Most days it's almost the exact same conversation. I don't mind so much. I want to stay connected to her, and I also recognize that one day she may forget me, so I want to hold on to her knowing who I am for as long as I can. I also just want her to know that I care. Her short term memory is so bad I'm sure she doesn't remember much of our conversations or even that I call after the fact, although she does recognize that I call her every day.
She's still at a stage where she can learn and retain new information. For example, she remembers that Jonah's dad died or what my job is. Statistically she probably has another year or two in this stage. Eventually, however, she will not be able to retain new information and there will likely come a day when my phone calls will have less or no meaning to her at all and even a day where she will not be able to verbally communicate at all. I do not look forward to that.
She enjoys my phone calls, and I enjoy talking to her. Every once in a while she tells me something new, and often things she says makes me laugh. Today she told me she didn't like a particular resident because she was "weird" and "was always butting into people's conversations." She also told me she had been on a roller coaster recently. She was so detailed about it, I almost believed her. But I'm sure it didn't really happen.
I guess as someone who was Mom's primary caretaker for so long and who was considered the "Golden Child," it's just weird to her fixate on someone else. But it's good. It really is a good thing, and I'm glad she has found happiness and purpose in her relationship with Harold. In spite of the stress and worry it often caused, I guess I just miss being a bigger part of Mom's life. But that's the cycle of life we are in. I'm just glad she is happy. She really seems to be, and I am grateful for that.