“Do you want to try playing Ms Patti?” Eric the Piano Man questions, gentle yet intent.
“I don’t think I can. I don’t know how,” Mom replies.
She adores singing, knows the words to hundreds of songs, still remembers them mostly. But she never learned to read music or play an instrument.
Now she’s 85 and in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Her language skills are beginning to evaporate – she rarely completes a sentence anymore. It seems unlikely she should be able to play the piano at this stage, even as
she’s coming ’round the mountain.
Eric is undeterred.
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Sleeping Woman (1935) A beautiful piece of art by Tamara de Lempicka (see link below)
A thought bubbles to the surface:
across my consciousness
forcing me to stir.
Merry Christmas from Pinkie Patti and I in frosty and frozen Canada to you, wherever in the world you are.
(It’s amazing what you can do when you try…)
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This is a second short video for the
What I See project.
The first one, “
What We See,” was made in collaboration with 21 friends from around the world.
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“Pretty good for the old girl,” is Mom’s standard response to “How are you Patti?”
And yeah, she it pretty damn good for 85, which she turned today.
She’s an amazing woman who inspires me every day with her courage, determination, and ability to prevail.
(She also drives me crazy on occasion!)
I wished she could see me more clearly. But I’ve come to terms with her incapacity to do so, and, as a result, discovered unconditional love. What a priceless gift.
I’m grateful to her for being such an
inspiring role model, I couldn’t have asked for better. Continue reading
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My Mom Patti (left), and her friend Gaby (right)
My Mom, Patti, soon to be 85 and in the advanced stages of
Alzheimer’s disease, can’t really carry on a “sensible” conversation anymore.
Mom’s friend Gaby is 97. While Mom has lost most of her marbles, Gaby still has all but a few of hers.
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“DITTO!” was all it took to bring tears to me eyes.
You wouldn’t think one word at the end of a tweet from someone you don’t “know,” retweeted by someone else you don’t “know,” would make you cry. But it did.
Actually, to be honest, it was the combination of the tweet, the “DITTO!”,
and the tune to which the tweet linked that made me cry.
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