The Constant Chatter Chapter Twenty-Three

Kingwell By Kingwell, 17th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/35se8vya/
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It's My little sister's birthday and mom is having a party. I learn more about my Great-Grandmother.

A Birthday Party

My little sister Gina is three years old today and mom has invited all the little kids to her birthday party. I’m going over to Danny’s house for the afternoon but we may come back later for some ice cream and cake. Gina is all excited about the party just like I was when I was three. I still like birthday parties of course, and I like getting gifts but this year there will only be a few of my close friends, at my party. We’ll probably play some video games after. I’ve often wondered why all the kids get one gift, even though it’s not their birthday, I was going to ask mom, but I think I’ve figured it out for myself. The way I see it all kids like getting gifts and sometimes the little ones get very unhappy and might even cry if they don’t get one. It isn’t their fault, they just don’t understand yet. I saw mom picking up stuff for the other kids that would be coming to Gina’s party, and I felt good that she hadn’t forgotten. I hope that no kid is left out, but I’m sure mom will be extra careful and make sure that doesn’t happen. Danny says I’m silly to think about such things and what difference would it make anyway? We sure are different even though we’re best friends. 

A Terrible Disease

I asked Mom about my great grandmother again today and why I’ve never seen her. She smiled rather sadly I thought, but asked me to sit down and she would explain. My great grandmother’s last name is Olson and she’s Grandma Wright’s mother, meaning that she’s my mom’s grandma. It seems that the reason I haven’t seen her is because she’s been in a nursing home since before I was born. Mom says that she has a terrible disease called Alzheimer’s disease, which affects the brain and she doesn’t even remember her family. Mom explained that Grandma and Grandpa Wright visit her every week although she’s shown no sign of recognition in more than ten years. Mom also said that she will be ninety years old next month. Mom appeared to be lost in thought for a few minutes and when she finally spoke, it was like she was far away. “She and Grandpa Olson lived on a farm and I would spend the summers with them when I was a girl, I could never wait for school to close“. She was silent again for a moment but then continued “I was seventeen when Grandpa Olson died and grandma came to live in our basement apartment. She never liked the city though, and she was lonesome without grandpa”. Mom suddenly returned to the moment, “It’s time I start fixing dinner”, she said quickly, ”and you young man, have a reading assignment to finish”.
I’ve spend a lot of time thinking about great grandmother Olson tonight and I think it’s sad that she doesn’t recognize her family anymore. I wonder what it would be like to live in that kind of world and why God would leave her there instead of taking her to heaven with grandpa. I know I’m just a kid and probably shouldn’t be thinking about these things, but sometimes I wonder what life is all about anyway. Lately I’ve been listening to Rev. Silvers when he preaches in church and some of it just doesn’t sound right, could it be that we’re missing something? Bedtime Max!
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Twenty Four
See Chapter One

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Alzheimers Disease, Best Friends, Birthday, Farm, Friends, Gifts, God, Great Grandmother, Heaven, Ice Cream And Cake, Kingwell, Nursing Home, Video Games

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2015 (#)

Hats off to you! Fantastic piece as always, by a talented writer!

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. I'm so pleased that you are enjoying the story. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank You Jessica. I'm pleased that you are enjoying the story. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Good chapter!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamane. Blessings.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Such an amazing story filled with heart and soul! I often wonder why people who cannot remember family and friends are left down here with us. This is a terrible way to exist.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for thinking aloud through Max's world why we have issues that are tough to accept.

The golden years are sometimes too painful not only for those undergoing that phase of life but also for those who look after them - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Jul 2015 (#)

This is very true Siva especially in all forms of dementia. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Shem and I agree.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Shem and I agree.

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author avatar Carol Roach
20th Jul 2015 (#)

my mother in law is starting to not recognize her family now

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Jul 2015 (#)

It is a terrible disease. My brother suffered from it for several years before his passing. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for another great segment in this series ~ Kingwell. You touched on a number of 'issues.'

Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen. I do my best writing when I feel inspired. Life is our greatest teacher. Blessings.

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