Weekly Photo Challenge : LOVE
A picture of my grandma so happy at the church on my wedding day. This photo for me is all about love. Before grandma died, she suffered from Diabetes, Alzheimer and Heart attack; diseases full of loss and pain. As every year progresses, she loses more and more memory, sight and hearing. She forgets who my sisters were, my cousins, she forgets how to close the jar of jam, she forgets how to use the phone, she forgets a lot of people and her relationship with them. Yet even with a dying heart and failing mind, she never forgets to give love and she never forgets me. Among her 21 grandchildren, I grew up being the closest to her, hence I was the one that noticed first hand how her diseases were progressing and it’s so hard for me. I would often sit very close next to her holding one of her hands as I talk to her, I talk to her about anything as I try to maintain my connection with her senile mind. I remind her to take a walk after meal, we talk about my work, my siblings, my boyfriend, my parents, what she ate at the mall last weekend, I often show her my artworks, and talk about her garden because she’s a big nature fan. She always tells me she loves me, she tells me to pray, she tells me to eat more, she tells me to visit her often, etc.
Weeks before my wedding day I went up to her and gave her my wedding invitation and told her that it’s perfectly fine with me if she couldn’t come at my wedding because she’s too weak and had a hard time walking. She told me “ of course I have to go because it’s your wedding. You’re my favorite.” Sounds cheesy but that’s really how she talks, direct and sincere. She attended the wedding mass at church the whole morning and the wedding reception at the hotel the whole night. I’m so very much grateful for that and so very much grateful for having her in my life.
Here are some other images of LOVE that I LOVE :
Often times our pet knows more about love than we do. Agree?
An old picture of my sister and cousin loving each other like two peas in a pod.
Love is : Spending my whole morning in the kitchen to surprise someone on their Birthday…
Love is : I can’t get enough of you.
© 2013 Abigail Lu / Artistic Milestone