BACK HOME TUESDAY

Tuesday seems like Sunday because of laundry that awaits to be done.  Suitcases are stored away.  Playing catch-up after vacation makes one question whether vacations are worth the trouble.

Seeing family and friends, was both a treat, and a reality check.  My wife and I are getting older.  The trip “home” gets harder as the years pass.  Last year there was an unfortunate accident en route over the Holidays.

Fresh peaches and tomatoes from Eckert’s orchard are already starting to deteriorate.  I’ll have to stuff my face with peaches in the next few days.  One tomato and three peaches were bruised in transit.  I’m partial to my native state’s fresh fruit and veggies.

A good friend of ours suffers in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease.  Her short-term memory is nearly nil.  Just two years ago, I remember her asking–shortly after diagnosis, “How will I know if I’m losing my memory? How will I know when this disease has taken over?’

The answer given–was, that she wouldn’t know.  She passes between moments of lucidity, not recognizing her companion and loved ones.  A family decision looms in the near future about possible institutionalization.

I’m thankful to be home safely in spite of it all.  Our two mutts are good travelers and headed to the backyard first thing after getting out of the car.

Author: warturoadam77p

70 year old married retired communications worker with three grown children, transplanted from the Midwest to the sunny Gulf Coast.

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