Mom, at 102, playing the piano at her church birthday celebration.

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© Andrea Petersen
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And they sung a new song, saying thou art worthy to take the book..
Revelations 5:9

I couldn't let the night go by
Without saying thank you
How quickly the years fly.
Happy birthday, 102.
You are an inspiration
Mother, and I love you.

I shot this picture during the program in the afternoon...some of the angles
were not too easy in this small church and I got up on the platform in front of the congregation to shoot this portrait. I tried to be as inconspicuous as I could and hopefully without too much distraction....I love my mother's beautiful hands and
the nice manicures they are giving her at the Nursing Home.

I am so thankful that she can still play the piano and that memory has not left
her when so many of her other memories have gone. I called her tonight to wish
her a happy birthday and she was wondering if her parents were still living...
But this is part of her dementia and as hard as it is to hear her talk this way, I
have learned to accept it...and to appreciate her for who she is and was.

12 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    Your mother looks so wonderful and I am so glad that this talent has not left her. This is a priceless capture. I am sure everyone had rather you get the image and have to deal with a short distraction.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    I agree with Regenia. What a wonderful time for both of you!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    This image makes me so happy... she is still so filled with the joy of music.... looks like it was a great celebration! I also wish you strength as my mother also has memory loss.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (19 Jul 2011):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    how wonderful that she can still play! wonderful capture and photo.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    Overwhelming in so many ways. I am taking my mother (87) to Maine for two weeks. Each year, she says, "this is the last year." I figure she has another 15 to go!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    What a great shot of your dear mom, still playing the piano at 102 in spite of the dementia. Dementia is so hard to understand how some memories go and others stay. We had that with my dad also and like you, we had to accept it and appreciate him for who he was. He was dearly loved and at least knew that and I am sure that your mom knows that also.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    Superb capture of your lovely mom! The mind is an incredible thing; isn't it wonderful that in spite of the dementia, she can still play the piano!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Jul 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your kind words...Yes, the brain is truly remarkable and
    if you can remember what gives you joy in your life and keep those memories
    intact, then you haven't lost too much before you make your final journey to your
    eternal home....

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    I love this portrait of your beloved mother, Andrea. You really captured her beautifully, doing what she obviously loves with all her being. I am so glad that you are enjoying this part of her life as much as possible too. Life is really all about changes, some good, some difficult, but all are part of the life cycle. My mother's only real memory now is of my dad....she'll never forget him. He was her life, and she doesn't know that he's been with God for the past five years. Thank God for the memories with which we are blessed!!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    Wow! your mom is a great and graceful lady! Thank you for sharing her with us.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (23 Jul 2011):

    Miraculous that she can still enjoy playing the piano. A wonderful keepsake capture, Andrea!

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