End of the decade News and Notes from the Studio. 12.15.19
Not everything will be Ok but some things will.
End of the decade News and Notes from the Studio.
On October 22 my father-in law Richard went to soar with the hawks. I’m writing because maybe your family or someone you know has been affected by dementia and has succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia stresses families, tests love, patience and compassion to the limits. Richard and I were very close. We floated nearly every Missouri stream together, built a house together, reclaimed land and turned it back to prairie. He was a true educator devoting his life to children both inside and outside the classroom and out in the world. When I started teaching I had so many questions. Richard taught me how to re-frame those questions to a point where he would only allow me to ask him three questions a week during the school year. He was my rudder. When dementia started to get the best of him everyone close to him was deeply affected. I now believe the experts that this disease often triggers post-traumatic stress disorder in family members who were close to the loved one. PTSD is a real thing because it crept up on me. Support during these rough times especially came from my school family. It was their care and understanding that has helped me set my rudder back in place. I now look forward to the start of the new year and a new decade teaching.