Day 4 - The Christmas Gift that made a Grandma Weep

My grandma Pearl wept when she saw her Christmas present.

It was a porcelain doll with a very detailed face of an old woman wearing glasses. The doll happened to looked exactly like the woman who raised my grandma: her grandmother Clara, who had died 45 years earlier.

Clara raised Pearl herself after Pearl's mother had been kicked out of the house by her father for having a baby out of wedlock. Clara worked really hard on their family farm in Prince Edward Island. Her husband gave her a lot of pain because he was unfaithful, yet she carried that pain with grace and dignity.

To my grandma, Clara was a saint. Years later, when Clara suddenly passed away, my grandma told us she was so grieved that she wanted to throw herself into Clara's grave.

The Clara doll was given a seat of honour on a tiny wooden rocking chair in the corner of my grandma's living room till my grandma passed away.

My grandma's tears upon receiving this gift many years ago were not those of sorrow, but of joy- reminding us of this kind woman's love and influence in my grandma's life.

- Ben Weeks, Illustrator at Ben Weeks Art Design

Precious memories are worth celebrating. Let us not forget those with Alzheimer's or other dementias who suffer from a loss of memory. For more information, visit the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

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