I’ve lived in Monterey for 7 1/2 months. My mother-in-law, Gayle, suffered from Alzheimer’s and thought I lived in Cupertino, which is just down the road.
She and Wally had lived in Cupertino and she loved the mountains and the ocean. And was so glad I liked Cupertino.
She was always glad. Always in a good mood. Always pleasant. Always willing to help with the kids when Mark and I were busy.
We had a great visit this Christmas. All her boys were in and she was really present. Really aware.
My heart is broken right now that I won’t spend any more Christmases with Gayle. That my kids lost their grandmother. That Nacho will go unpetted.
But I am glad for Gayle. She has missed Wally so much. They were a matched pair and it seemed that she was always trying to find him. Find her missing piece.
I like to think that now they’re together, in his new convertible, riding down California highway 1. On the way to Cupertino.