Update: I’m excited to announce that the paperback version is now available at Amazon.com.
Mom never had trouble speaking for herself. And that was a pure blessing during her stay in the Alzheimer’s ward of her nursing home. It’s not true that Alzheimer’s steals everything. The mind still ponders the wonders of life. The heart still loves intensely. The spirit still worships and prays. And the urge to sing is stronger than ever.
Here are just a few of the remarkable things Fran Cooper, my beloved mother, said. I know Mom would want me to share them with you!
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(Ron Cooper, author)
Fran on Singing
“If you don’t use music, you lose music.”
“I’ve been told that I have a good voice, no matter what I sing.”
Fran on Faith and Prayer
“I look for God’s grace and His love, awareness and faith, and things will start to come together.”
“You can say your own prayers, and pretty soon it’s all there. I think of Him all of the time: In the middle of the day. In the middle of the night. Thank you, God, for taking the time out to make me happy.”
“Teach them (children) love and faith and kindness. Those things will come automatically if you keep them in mind.”
“I know there’s a God. There’s a God everywhere. He can be anywhere that He wants to be.”
“Help me, Lord, to be even more aware of what I want to receive from you and help me to stay happy and cheerful and good.”
Fran on Marriage
“You need to talk about the things to come together on, and do it lovingly.”
“You don’t begin to forgive until you begin to understand.”
“You have to keep them assured that you don’t want any terrible things to happen to them.”
Fran on Children and Family
“Harry and I always decided that we wanted children. It is a real good feeling. There is such fragrance in life.”
“I think that we (Harry and Fran) should give them an idea of how to reach God.”
On the best thing about having children: “You can guide them to be in perfect harmony with the Lord and try in various ways to make it work.”
On the best gift a mother can give: “The love of God and the wonderful way that makes them learn more and more about God.”
“Dear Jesus, I thank you for my family and loved ones whom I can lean upon and have fun with. Some people don’t have that, but I do. Thank you for the love and the feeling that I have for my family.”
Fran On Memory Loss
“Losing it part of the way is just as bad as losing it all the way. It would be awful not to know who I am. Some days, I do remember. My name is Fran and I am a child of God.”