We are taking a little time travel with this entry back to Mother’s Day 1994.
Well intended teachers annually have students make cards or such for a Mother’s Day activity. Megan, our daughter, was always confronted with the uniqueness of living with MS as a family, because of MS symptoms her Mother was not like other Mothers. Patti could not see or read any ‘card’ and her symptoms and level of disability prevented her from most maternal relationships discussed in class. In Megan’s world her Father did all these things.
Recently converting some aging video tapes to DVD I rediscovered this “Mother’s Day video” Megan, as a Kindergartner, had made for ‘her Mom’.. Patti was in Pennsylvania and Megan wanted to send her a Mother’s Day “video card” she could “see” and enjoy on a mega screen TV.
Megan used her Sony drawing pad, a high tech Etch-a-Sketch, which connected to a TV and displayed her work on the larger screen. I simply stood back with a video camera and recorded. The artwork and narration is all our then young daughter.
(Some readers have noted they have challenges using the journal video display as a link. For your convenience you can simply use the following links to view the video directly.)
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer