A few years ago my older brother went into a 30
day in house rehab program for drug abusers. We were not allowed
to visit with him except for two appointed times. One day while visiting
with my mother, my son, Taylor, then just three years old, picked up a
small framed picture of my brother and my mother. He pointed and
said, "Who's this?" - I told him that was his "Uncle Bubba and his "Maw
Maw". He said, "I KNOW!, But who is this?" I didn't see anyone
else in the picture. I just laughed as he would sometimes mistake
photographs of my mother with myself. But this time he was extremely
frustrated with me. He said again, "Mommy, WHO is the LADY?
Not MY MawMaw, but THIS Mawmaw" as he pointed again at the photo.
I didn't see another lady. Eventually he lost his interest and started
on something else.
Three evenings later, My mom, my sister, and
sister-in-law went to visit my brother for the first time since he entered
the program. He told us that the first week was really hard.
He had to detox his body and it was painful, but that in the second week,
though his body felt better, he started to come back to the reality of
all his wrongs and realize just how bad off he had gotten. However,
he told us that something had happened just three nights before that made
everything worth while and he knew he'd be okay. He told us that
HIS Maw Maw Helen had visited him. See, He is my half brother and
Helen was my brother's paternal grandmother who passed years ago. He told
us that MawMaw Helen came to him in his room and comforted him. He
didn't really express the depth of this visit with me but I knew it was
a miracle. On the way home my mind couldn't stop thinking about where we
were just three nights before. When my son, saw A "MawMaw" in the
picture behind my brother and his mom.
I know that my brother will always be a recovering
addict. He has some trials ahead of him, but since this time, he's
done well and I don't doubt that at anytime he has the temptation to backslide,
he'll remember his visit from his grandmother.
Later, when I showed the photo to my son again,
he only saw the two people who were there. He never mentioned the
"other MawMaw" again.