by Joyce...It has been a while since we have done a keeping it real post. The following video did not start out with this purpose. I started taping simply to post when we talked about counting the money Sarah was collecting in the store for Katie, an adorable girl who is being adopted by the Simpson family. I'll let you watch it now...
I used to have Sarah count coins in the store on a regular basis. Then we started getting too busy to have that be an every day activity. As the camera started rolling on this day, I was stunned that Sarah was having trouble counting to ten. She has never mastered the value of money. Yet counting to ten used to be a simple task for her. I will admit I was startled by this discovery. My mind of course started going into overdrive. Was this a sign of a larger problem? Possibly another reminder that early Alzheimer's is something I need to be concerned with. For the next few days, I raised that antenna higher than it had been. I found many different opportunities for her to count things for me. The pattern was consistent. Sometimes she was able to count to ten, sometimes not.
Then very late one night, I ran into the grocery store. Off to the side of the entryway stood three college age guys and an older gentleman. At first I wondered if something had happened. I peered onto the floor to see if someone had fallen. Seeing no one, yet being awfully nosey, I pulled my cart a tad closer in their direction. It appeared they were all waiting for the big green cash machine. So I went about my business of shopping. As I was leaving the store, I noticed a woman at the same machine. It was then I had one of those ahhhaa moments. Why does Sarah need to count the coins? She can bring the jars over here, dump them into the cash machine like all the folks I had observed.
Is this a good solution? Am I giving up too soon? Does counting coins even matter? I'm not sure. I do know we found the perfect solution for the task at hand. In all, Sarah dumped nearly $500 into that machine over the past few weeks. All to help bring a sweet blond haired girl home who's been living in an orphanage. And that does matter.