There are all kinds of "love". We use the word all the time. "I just love that dress!" "Wouldn't you love to have that car?" There's puppy love, first loves, our "only love", the love of my life......you get the picture. When you're in a relationship for the first time, it's always tense until one person finally utters those three little words. In my family growing up, we didn't say "I love you" very often. I guess it was a given. I never really gave it much thought. We were a loving family, but those words just didn't tumble out of our mouths. And, most of the people I knew didn't say it that often to others in their family. Maybe because I grew up in the Midwest -- I'm not trying to stereotype here.....however, when I moved to the south over 30 years ago that is one of the things I noticed first.......how many times people said "I love you". Because I heard it so much it didn't really seem genuine to me. It's kind of like hearing people at the bank or the grocery saying "have a nice day", instead of just saying thank you. You don't really hear it the same.
After moving to the South I started to give it some more thought. My first thought was, do people really think I don't love them because I don't say it very often? Will they really hear what I am saying when I say it?
My husband is very quiet and reserved and for him to say those three little words is something short of a miracle, so I don't push it. But when I had my son I couldn't say it enough -- and I was certain that was something I wanted him to say frequently. I think I got him to say that more than "Yes ma'am and No Ma'am" which is sacred in the south as well. But at least I love you worked on him even if I couldn't make the Yes ma'am No ma'am thing stick. (As you can see I'm shooting 50% here with husband and son)
I've become more comfortable with telling people I know how important they are to me and yes, that I even love them. I used to think that that was just for those in our immediate family who we were almost bonded to love because they were a part of us. It took me a long time to realize that my friends that are important to me are worthy of the "I love you" phrase and it should be said more often.
Over the holidays a very long time friend (who also happens to be a native northerner) said "I Love You" to me and I was so taken by it I didn't know how to respond. Isn't that an interesting response after thinking I had actually broken that barrier. I was proud of myself for also saying those three little words before we parted. It made me feel good. And, this week, I received a very touching email from a friend and she signed it "I love you". And, even though we have exchanged those words to each other frequently it still moved me.
Don't wait....tell someone you love them.....you'll never know how that will lift someone's mood.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Many of you have asked about the Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Atlanta this year. This year, it is February 27th. One of the things that we are advocating for is a state plan for dealing with Alzheimer's. If you live in the state of Georgia, please read below -- this is something that was put out by the Alzheimer's Association of Georgia and how you can help. If you have any questions at all, there is an 800 number at the bottom you can call. Thanks for reading this and helping to get this passed.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter Applauds Senator Renee Unterman’s Pre-filing Senate Bill 14, Creating the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Task ForceOn Thursday, December 20, Senator Renee Unterman held a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol. Senator Unterman stated that the purpose of the press conference was “…the introduction of the legislation creating a state wide task force establishment to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Georgia. It will examine the existing industries, services, and resources addressing the needs of Georgians afflicted with the disease and its effect on their families. It will develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to this public health crisis.”
“…Georgia must be prepared with an active plan to share the burden of taking care of its citizens who are likely to require government assistance in the final stages of their lives due to the effects of dementia. Whether those services are provided in-home, community based, or in a nursing home type facility, Georgia must be ready to improve its health care infrastructure.
I challenge the Departments of Human Services and Aging, the Department of Public Health, the Executive branch and General Assembly to actively participate in developing this plan by approving this legislation.”
The bill creates the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Task Force, for the purpose of:
- Studying and collecting information and data to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease on Georgia’s citizens;
- To examine the existing industries, services, and resources addressing the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and caregivers;
- To review the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease; and
- To develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to Alzheimer’s and related dementias as a public health crisis by creating a state plan.
At a minimum, the State Plan shall include the following:
- Trends in state Alzheimer’s and related dementias population and needs, including the changing population with dementia;
- Existing services, resources, and capacity;
- Needed state policies or responses, including but not limited to directions for the provision of clear and coordinate services and support to persons and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and strategies to address any identified gaps in services;
- Ways in which state and local agencies, private sector, quasi-governmental, voluntary health organizations, the faith community and nonprofit organizations can collaborate and work together to form a seamless network of education, support, and other needed services to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families;
- A review of, at a minimum, eighteen specific areas of concern.
How You Can Advocate for the Passage of Senate Bill 14There are two very specific actions you can take to advocate for passage of Senate Bill 14.
- To complete an on-line copy of the Georgia State Plan Input form. If you’d prefer to receive a hard copy of the form on which to provide input, please call 1-800-272-3900 and ask for a copy of the Georgia State Plan Input Form.
- Join us for the Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. REGISTER to attend our 2013 Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol.
8:30 - 9:30 AM Awareness Day Registration—Central Presbyterian Church (CPC)
9:00 AM Alzheimer's Awareness Day Kickoff--CPC
10:00 AM--Tentative Full Group Photo with Governor--Time TBD based upon Governor's Schedule—photo on South Wing Capitol Steps (Inside)
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM Appointments with legislators/calling legislators out of session/House or Senate Gallery when not in meetings-- Capitol
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch with Legislators--advocates and legislators drop in for lunch at CPC as their schedules permit
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM State Plan Rally/Candlelight Rally--outside, Washington Street Side of Capitol
We will also be advocating to strengthen Georgia’s already Strong Adult Guardianship laws, and to ensure that there are no cuts to Alzheimer’s Respite Funding.
There is no cost to register for/attend Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol—but, you must register in advance in order for us to have an accurate head count for lunch and t-shirts, and in order for us to schedule appointments with your legislators for you. Registration is limited, due to church Fire Code, to the first 400 people who register.
To equip you to speak with your legislator, and to enable you to develop confidence in discussing the issues, we are offering Awareness Day Training opportunities across the state:
- Atlanta Chapter
Office, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346
- Monday, February 11, 10:00 a.. - 12:00 noon
- Monday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Augusta Regional
Office, 106 SRP Drive, Evans, GA 30809
- Wednesday, February 13, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Columbus Regional
Office, 5900 River Road, Suite 301, Columbus, GA 31904
- Thursday, February 14, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Dalton Regional
Office, 922 E. Morris Street, Dalton, GA 30721
- Wednesday, January 30, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Macon Regional
Office, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201
- Thursday, February 7, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday, February 7, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Rome/Floyd County
Library, Oostanaula Room, 205 Riverside Parkway, NE, Rome, GA
- Tuesday, February 5, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Savannah Regional
Office, 201 Television Circle, Savannah, GA 31406
- Wednesday, February 6, 10:00 am. - 12;00 noon
- Statesboro--Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102
Fair Road, Statesboro, GA 30458
- Thursday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Rogers Senior Center, 315 W. Second Street, Tifton, GA 31794
- Thursday, February 7, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, February 21, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Posted by Kris at 1:31 PM
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Happy New Year from our Family to Yours
I read other people's blogs all the time and I'm jealous of the work they put into it -- it's not as easy at it looks, or at least it isn't for me anymore. But stay with me -- I'll be back soon!
Posted by Kris at 3:42 PM