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Good Bye Pink Blouse and Old Yellow Robe
Today Missy cleaned out my closet. We went through all my old clothes, things that I don’t wear any longer and never will. The nursing home has told us they needed nice clean clothes for some of their residents, so we decided to go through my things. Missy washed them up and we will take them tomorrow.
They say Alzheimer’s takes away your memory…it seems like in my stage of it that GOD is giving me a break by letting me remember past things to pass on to Missy, my memories, before they are erased from my mind for good. Going through the clothes brought back so many memories…the pink blouse that I wore to my husband’s funeral, bright bright pink…he told me he wanted me to wear something that he could see from the sky…so I did. My yellow fuzzy robe, so comfy, so soft…I think someone will love the feel of it…so many nights I wore it sitting next to my husband when he was dying. The red dress with the little black dots, I wore it to my best friends funeral because it was her favorite.
Lots of blouses, skirts, pants…robes, pajamas,
I think of other people wearing these clothes and think…maybe some of my happiness will wear off on them…even the clothes I wore when I was sad still bring back some happy memory of someone else.
So off the clothes will go…how funny that clothes can bring back so many memories.
As Missy was asking me “give away” or “keep,” I would ask to feel the item, touch it, put it to my face and remember…and then I would say give it away. Maybe tomorrow we will start on my dresser drawers, it has pictures and things in it…who knows what memories that will bring. I have to go through these things now. I told Missy today I feel like I hear the timer clicking, and when it goes “ding,” I wont remember anymore…so we must get to work. Goodbye pink blouse and old yellow robe, goodbye.
___________________________________About the Author: Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She started a Facebook page to help chronicle her illness and put a face on Alzheimer's. Barbara hopes educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, families, caregivers. Her relationship with her daughter and caregiver, Missy, and her compassion and humor are inspirational. You can subscribe to her on Facebook where she has opened her page to offering advice to your questions about life and living with Alzheimer's "from a little old lady."
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