My children grew up with a Grandmother who was gradually declining. She experienced frustration as she lost capabilities along the way. But I treasure the time my children had with her - they developed so much patience, and learned to love people who couldn't do something back for them. I strongly believe it has made them more caring people, and there fore was a gift of Mom's later years to my family. Yes, it was sad, but we found ways to laugh together as well and we cherish those time tremendously.
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