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,
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
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