Friday, July 31, 2009

a pleasant visit

Mom received a visit from an NALC coworker today-- Mrs. Lim, who came over with her husband and daughter-in-law. It was, I think, a great occasion for Mom: our guests turned out to be wonderful people who had many questions about Mom's condition and who, through their presence, made Mom's day brighter. Mom was somewhat more verbal today, especially when our guests first arrived, but later she sat back and simply basked in the conversation, her fidgety hands going after the plated grapes and apple slices, rearranging them in new patterns. I'd like to think that she was trying to listen, even if she wasn't actively participating in conversation. Mrs. Lim held Mom's hand, and from what I've seen, that's the best sort of therapy for Mom.

Many thanks to Mrs. Lim's daughter-in-law, Lydia, who acted as the interpreter today. It's a good thing she was there; my poor Korean wouldn't have been sufficient for the task. My respect also goes out to Mrs. Lim's husband, with whom I spoke about the house's renovation. We made the acquaintance of a good family today. It's nice to know that they, along with all the other good people Mom knows and loves, are part of Mom's circle of care.


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