My cats turned 15 in January. Even though their breed (Ragdoll) tends to live a long time, I am quite aware that after 15 every day is a gift.
It is that giftedness that we often miss when dealing with geriatric folk. The difficulties that come with age can overshadow the offerings they can still impart to the family. Whenever I mention my parents on Facebook, my cousins jump in with memories. No, I don't share the frustrating moments. But the sharing of memories helps me to put the frustrations in perspective. When we deal with difficult people, no matter their age, it often helps to remember good times, so we can see beyond the frustration of today.
Thank you, O God, for the joy of good days and good memories. Thank you for kitties that sleep by my side, that run and jump and play. Thank you for friends and family members and all the good times. Thank you for trips to the beach, for cookie baking and project making. Thank you for history sharing, and soul baring. And when the days become difficult, let those memories and your supporting love see us through.