Several years ago, Dad gave me the Menorah we used when growing up. A beautifully crafted piece of art, handmade years ago by a family friend, I cherish using it and lighting the candles, celebrating the miracle of light.
I love it when the holidays match up. Jewish Holidays follow the lunar calendar. There are years Hannukah is as early as Thanksgiving or as late as New Year’s or anywhere in between. This year, Hanukkah will also correspond with both the Winter Soltice as well as Christmas.
This trifecta feels especially lovely this year. It is like a wrapped-up present of love and light. And anticipation.
In just 3 weeks my book launches!
January 10, 2023 will also be the one year anniversary of Mom’s passing. In Jewish tradition, I will light a Yahrzeit candle (Memorial candle) for her and honor and celebrate the release of our story.
I started writing the book about our journey with Alzheimer’s and my Mom when were about 7 years into our 13-year journey. Writing became a way for me to reconnect with Mom and her voice. It dramatically helped me be more present for the 2nd half of our journey and see her for who she was in the entirety of her life, not just through the lens of dementia and memory failure.
I am honored to get to share our story. It is a love letter to my Mom (and Dad) and what I hope will be a helpful story to all those on a journey of loss.May you find peace, love and light during this very special time of year.
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Lots of Love