“You Are Just as Beautiful as Ever”
I knew before I even left campus that coming home for Christmas break was going to be an emotional roller coaster. Waiting for me at home was my family, and my entire drive I was anxious to see them. When I arrived at home my family greeted me with warm hugs that basically melted my heart like the hug Lucy gives Jack Frost in the Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. We watched movies and had dinner to catch up with each other; it was so nice seeing them again. I could not wait until I got to go to church to see all of my church family. I feel like it is really hard to go back to a place that once felt like home and it was a comfortable place to be and then everything changes to feel like now I am just a visitor.
As I entered my church I saw so many familiar faces, I also saw some faces that were not so familiar. Then after the service had started I noticed that one person that always sat in the second row on the left was not there. As soon as I noticed I stopped singing, ran off the stage, and started crying because I just knew that something was wrong. He started his battle with Alzheimer’s in the autumn of ten years ago, but that did not change his personality or who he was. Jack made the world and everyone in it smile because he was so helpful and sweet. He was a person that just “got it”. There was never a time that Jack put himself before someone else. He was very active in the church doing things for others for many years. Before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he led bible studies, helped watch the children in the nursery, and he built structures around the church to just make it a nicer place to be. Jack was always a person at the top of my list that I had to hug every Sunday; it always made me so sad especially in his final months to see him forget everything that was once so important to him. Every time that we hugged though he always would say the same sweet thing. Jack would say “I love you, and you are just...
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