Columnist Thomas Friedman's Tribute to His Mother, Who Had Dementia
I realize that it's a few days past Mother's Day, but I thought readers would be interested in the column, "Call Your Mother," by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman. The column, a tribute to his mother Margaret who died in April, was the most e-mailed column when I checked the Times website on Monday.
As Mr. Friedman notes, his mother had dementia for the past 10 years. However, his column doesn't tell about her struggles with this disease. Instead, it's a tribute to his mother's remarkable life and her influence on him. Obviously, his message is meaningful for someone like me who has already lost a mother. I'd also encourage those whose mothers (or fathers, for that matter) are in the grips of dementia to read the column and take some time to reflect on the totality of a parent's life.
And I agree totally with Friedman's last message. "So on this Mother's Day, if you take away one thing from this column, take this: Call your mother. I sure wish I could call mine."