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Grace, Beauty, and True Character What You Can See Through the Lens of Gratitude
W ith Thanksgiving around the corner, I want to take time to might be hard to feel grateful, but this mindset limits the way we see the world. If we can shut out some of the noise and negativity, it’s possible to find gratitude. When I look at my life, I feel thankful for many aspects, especially for my business. Homeside Financial won the Best of Catawba Valley award for mortgage companies, and that designation means a lot to the wonderful people at our office. I’ve been here a year now, and I can’t picture life anywhere else. We have great products and a support staff that enables us to serve our local community in innovative ways. It was a tough choice to leave my old job, and I had to work through a lot of complex emotions from the mistreatment I received there. Logistically and financially, changing jobs didn’t make sense, but I’m much happier working here. Homeside takes care of me, and in turn, we do our best to serve as many people as we can. We hear from so many families who couldn’t get the help they needed elsewhere but have found it with our services, and I think that speaks volumes. Helping people in situations like this means a lot to me because my mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, a horrible disease that steals the identity and dignity from those who battle it. My mom has been fighting it for 10 years, but over the last two or three years, the condition has worsened, which has left a fundamental change in her personality. Above all, I’m grateful for reflect on the concept of gratitude. If you turn on the news or get wrapped up in social media, it
You never outgrow the appreciation of a mother’s hug, no matter what.
her moments of lucidity, even if it’s just for a brief conversation. During those interactions, I get to see a glimpse of her old personality hiding inside her, and hope fills the room. She’ll hug me, and I want to savor that moment for eternity. You never outgrow the appreciation of a mother’s hug, no matter what. My mom retired at 62 to take care of my dad. Before Alzheimer’s crept in, she was a really sharp lady. When my dad passed, I wish she had gone back to work, because she always enjoyed the autonomy work afforded her. She was the president of the PTA and felt most fulfilled in a leadership role. She ran her home like a drill sergeant but always presented herself with class. Now she can’t drive or be left alone. That change can be devastating at times, but it reminds me how fragile life is.
calls Freckles “Kitty Cat,” and he obliges. Regardless of the disease, she’s still here, and I’m thankful for that. She truly inspires me every day. I’ve never known anyone who has struggled with Alzheimer’s for as long as she has and still been able to function. In a way, that’s my mom’s personality in a nutshell, and it demonstrates that no matter what, your true character will always shine through.
My mom can still function and be socially present. Whenever a child is around, her face lights up. She still
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