You may notice a purple patch with a name on it over to the right. The patch is part of a virtual quilt, part of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. The name is that of my mother’s mother, my grandmother, who died of, or rather with, Alzheimer’s. It was slow coming on, but eventually we noticed that she couldn’t remember things. There used to be Gift Stars that you could collect for money and prizes. She saved them for church. But she never could remember how many there were, and so she would count them day after day. And then she started to leave the stove on. Eventually, after an illness, she ended up in a nursing home. Unfortunately, in those days, before 1980, we didn’t even have a name for what was wrong with her. And nursing homes didn’t know much about caring for people with Alzheimer’s. It seems like it was rarer in those days.
I would go to visit her, and half the time she wouldn’t remember me. Strangely, she would remember my dogs. We had two black Cocker Spaniels in those days. And somewhere in the conversation she would ask, “And how are your two little black dogs?” Why she remembered that, I have no idea.
My sister is the quilter, I’m not. I’m the blogger. But she asked me to make this patch, and so I did. September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is a time to remember those who have lost their lives piece by piece. And so we remember them, piece by piece.
Oh, and since her birthday is a couple days after that, Happy Birthday, Grandma, whereever you are.