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Are you a boy or a girl?

“Are you a boy or a girl?” my mom whispers into the phone, afraid her roommate might hear her question. “A girl,” I say. “You ARE?” she asks, as if she can’t believe it, as if it’s deeply upsetting for … Continue reading

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My mom is growing into childhood

Every day, in different ways, my mom gets a little more childlike. “You’re my bestest friend and … daughter,” she says to me, the daughter part sounding more and more like an afterthought. “You’re the only one left,” she says. … Continue reading

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The things she’s forgotten

How to tell time. What she had for dinner. The house she lived in for thirty-four years, where she raised her children. The names of her grandchildren … or even that she has grandchildren. Whether it’s morning or night.                        … Continue reading

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Seven great things about Alzheimer’s (I wanted to do 10, but my mom couldn’t remember the last three!)

1. Nobody ever says, “Remind me to take out the trash …” 2. You have no guilt about eating that second candy bar, because who could remember the first? 3. There are always so many new people to meet. 4. … Continue reading

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My mom keeps losing her family

Mom: When did my brother Bill die?Me: Bill died in 1990.Mom: When did Bud die?Me: In 1978.Mom: When did Bob die?Me: In 1983.Mom: When did I die?Me: I don’t know, mom. When did you die? She laughs the minute she … Continue reading

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My mom is starting to lose track of me

“Beth is my only living brother,” my mom told her friend Mel a few weeks ago. She later forgot that she said this. When I asked her about it, she started to laugh. My mom is starting to lose track … Continue reading

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