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or the reason I haven't stopped loving you yet.

Because I've never wanted to. Because
dementia runs in the family,
and I will forget everything, even
the sound of my own voice. My children
and their children, warm or disinterested
strangers who speak too loudly and
point to photographs of people
I may have lived with or seen
in a movie once. They'll call me mother,
or Stephanie, say other names
I won't recognise, and none of it
will mean a thing. But if I love you,
if for sixty years I love you,
then I will remember that.
For a challenge that I happened upon, which goes something like this:

"What will you say when they ask why you never quit _____ ?"

This is the first I've posted in, what, months?
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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ilyilaice Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Short and sweet. :heart:
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nycterent Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Writer
Powerful poem. Beautifully intense.

I remember listening to a show on the radio that explored Alzheimer's. The doctor told about one of his patient's who could not remember her husband, and he would come in, day after day, and could not stop asking if she remembered him. No, she didn't.

One day, she told him, "I don't know who you are, but I know I love you."
this-epiphany Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Writer
That is amazingly powerful. That reminds me of the last time I ever saw her before she passed; I was humming her a lullaby she used to sing to me as a child. I started choking up and couldn't do it anymore, and she started humming the rest of the song for me. She couldn't remember me, or the song, I'm sure, or why she was humming it - but she knew it meant something. She knew it meant love.

:heart: Thank you for sharing that story, though. So heartwarming.
WeTheInvisible Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
First line caught me,
And as I read, I didn't regret that I'd been taken hookline&sinker.
Thankyou, its beautiful. A good friend of mine has dementia.. nearly set the house afire because he forgot he'd been cooking.

TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer

I DEFINITELY know that feeling. I was just telling my friend yesterday that I think you have to aim to do everything in life in large scale. If you're going to love,love with all your heart. If you're going to fail, might as well fail spectacularly. History remembers the extremes. :)
dash-of-balder Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and honest. This absolutely came from the heart, and it really shows.
offbyzero Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Ah, I love...the reasons...I do.
HelzCullen Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
I'm good with your not-posting, if you're out there being Happy You.

That last sentence got me especially.
Nycterisdream Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
You work well off a prompt :) Its lovely to see you posting things again!
this-epiphany Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010   Writer
I do, it seems to be the only thing that gets me going lately. It's good to hear from you again. =)
ejectionletter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
my grandmother has dementia. and this is beautiful.
this-epiphany Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010   Writer
I was partially raised by a grandmother with dementia, and severe schizophrenia. It's an experience nothing else in my life has come close to replicating or touching. My other grandmother has dementia as well, those hers is less traumatising.

:heart: I sympathise, and I hope everything goes well for you and your grandmother through the years.
ejectionletter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thank you. you too. <3
mackwrites Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Very interesting; part of this seems quite original :)
losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Student Writer
wonderful <3
Inferno42 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   Writer
Absolutely beautiful.
KneelingGlory Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Oh, I love this so much! :heart: Thanks for coming out of hibernation. It is so nice to see your words again.
this-epiphany Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   Writer
I'm so glad. I would hate to disappoint you after all this time. :heart: Thank you for the challenge.
KneelingGlory Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
My dear, I don't believe that it is possible for you to disappoint. :hug:
alapip Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
yes, it's been a while, Stephanie -
but when you do post, you almost
never miss. [or is it just never?]

this is another winner.

kidotrar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this =) It's just as powerful as the emotion it's portraying.

Also, it makes me think of The Notebook, a little. That's not my reason for liking it though, just a side note.
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