Saturday, December 18, 2010

snow falling and a bag of candy

Swirling light snow made the drive feel like riding through a snow globe. Ending up at a candy shop, well can it get much better than that?

More than a candy shop, think ‘blast from the past’. Georgie Lou's Retro Candy and Gifts, Carlisle, PA. 

Even though I could not talk Patti into bicycle streamers or a bicycle horn for her wheelchair, we laughed and laughed our way through aisles that may as well have been memory lanes of candy, metal lunchboxes and pop culture before it was ever pop culture, just something called childhood.
Building access was totally wheelchair accessible as was 99% of the store. The end of one aisle was too tight for Patti’s chair.

Afterwards riding in our wheelchair accessible van less than a mile away I asked Patti if she remembered where we just were. “I can’t remember, Lowe’s I think” she answered. (Lowe’s is a city-block sized home improvement and appliance store.) J

When cognitive and memory challenges become part of life you loose the ‘bounce’ you would traditionally get from doing something together. As a carer / caregiver you learn to live in the now.

When it comes to good times, well you are kind of left holding the memory bag for both of you. Sometimes it’s like a bag of candy, what Multiple Sclerosis may prevent you both remembering, you can always still enjoy sharing.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 


  1. Sounds like a great candy shop; and what a delicious assortment of candy to share!! Glad the weather "held" up too, Patrick, and it wasn't too blizzardy to enjoy a fun outing like this!!

    If you don't post between now and Christmas, Merry Christmas to you, Patti, and Megan!


  2. Patrick,
    Happy 60th Birthday!

    Sounds as if you had a "Sweet" day.

  3. Hey Martha! My memory works and you were always 'older' than me. :) I prefer to measure life in Jack Benny years, this 18th of December was just another 39th birthday. :).


  4. Such a great post, the memories of life! Happy Birthday!

  5. Oh, Patrick, I love those kind of stores -- especially the retro candy!! Your memory for both of you will be filled with so many fond ones for a long time to come. Happy B/day -- thought you were much younger!!

  6. My last outing with my Dad, he was plotting about how to buy a keyboard that he could put in his room at the nursing home. We went into The Source (an electronic store) so that he could show me what he had in mind.

    Although he had dementia and the cognitive challenges that went with that, he never lost his ability to dream. It was something I admired and loved about him! It is amazing what people can do in "the now" when there is a tuned-in caregiver who can help those lovely candy store/ music store moments happen.

  7. Patti looks great....and you are amazing.

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