The kids and I spent a week in the country visiting family over July 4th. I hadn't been out there for 2½ years, which is way too long. It was good to see my Gram, but hard too. Alzheimer's sucks. Having her taken piece by piece is gruesome to watch.
That said, the visit was really wonderful. She's in a much more peaceful place now, and everything is new for her. Every sunset is the most beautiful she has ever seen. There is a childlike innocence to her life now, one that is oddly reassuring.
Gram with seven of her eleven great-grandchildren.