Yesterday, I spent several hours with my 95 year old Aunt. Up until thee years ago, she was enjoying excellent physical and mental well being….and then everything changed.
Aunt Peggy still looks physically very well for someone of 95, however what has changed is her complete memory loss.
Two years ago, I went with her to a specialist, and after brain scans it was determined that disease had set in…..what is incredible to observe is how rapidly the memory has disappeared.
I found this quote, which so beautifully expresses what I sensed yesterday.
“Grandpa’s mind had left us, gone wild and wary. When I walked with him I could feel how strange it was. His thoughts swam between us, hidden under rocks, disappearing in weeds, and I was fishing for them, dangling my words like baits and lures.” Louise Erdich
I dangled my words like baits and lures. I talked about when my Aunt and my Mother were part of the Voluntary Aid Detachment VAD/Red Cross in World War II…..and how they were both present at Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, in Gosport Portsmouth, on D Day. I told her that the 70th anniversary of D Day is coming up. However, my Aunt couldn’t remember any of it and no longer understood what D Day even was…..
I am pleased that I have been able to spend a lot of time with my Aunt while her mind and memory were still alive and also to observe the full and active life she was able to enjoy for so long.
I was reminded once again of the importance of living each and every day to the full…