“It really does?”
“Well, that is kind of sad. When does it remind you of me? Is it all the time or is it just once in a while?”
“It is way more than it should be. You used to love to write and you had all sorts of things that I would look at and read with you and now you just look like that. You are just sad, angry and hurt.”
“Humm, you are probably correct. Yesterday music couldn’t even help. I let things get to me. What do you want me to do?”
He wandered away. He was quiet for about thirty minutes. I guess he may have been thinking because he came back with much to say.
“I want you to be whole again. It took you a long time after she died to be whole, but you were. Now you let a stranger take away a part of you. I miss that part of you. I know I don’t remember a lot of things, but I can still kind of remember you laughing. Do you remember laughing?”
“Yes, I still laugh, just not as much.”
“You worked very hard on the straw party and you didn’t go. I think a part of you is broken, like when she first died. We missed you there and the little kids kept asking for you. I just said that you were too sad to be there. Jet told me that I should have made you come because he makes you happy. Does Jet still make you happy?”
“I don’t know. I have not seen him in a long time. I mostly stay here with the three of us. I go to give presentations for work sometimes, but mostly I stay here.”
“So we make you sad.”
“I don’t think that you guys make me sad. There is just a lot going on and I am not sure where I fit into the whole picture any longer. It’s kind of like I am on an island. I am tired.”
“Maybe you should come back home?”
“Maybe I should go to bed and get some rest.”
Have you ever tried to converse with someone who has Alzhimers?
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