There are few things that still remind me of my grandmother. She has only been gone for a few years, but it seems that the longer that the time goes, the fewer things that I remember. Currently I am trying in life to duplicate her Lemon meringue pie. It was the only thing that she was known for when it came to cooking. But, that isn’t the only thing that reminds me of her. I sit in my first house with my husband and I see little reminders of her everywhere. Candles in my windows, the music that I play, and hymns in church, all remind of me the woman who I tend to act like more than I would like to admit.
Soon, Grandma thought that I was “Ela” (her daughter in law that she always viewed as her daughter) and that I was the nurse that was here to take care of her. Still I stayed, painting her nails, learning the stories of my grandfather Bob whom I had never met. She would always sing the songs to the word Dream and tell me stores of world war two and her brother that was prominent in her life. She reminded me of times that I had not lived through, and made me feel as if I was there.
Through all of this I wished that we would find a cure. I was a Sigma Kappa in school and out philanthropy was the Alzheimer’s Association. I was working hard to find a cure, and through it all I was hoping that we would find one that would save my grandmother. I never felt like we hand enough time.
It wasn’t until shortly before she passed away that I saw a glimpse of the Grandmother I had always known. I was talking about a break up and laying my head on her shoulder crying. She moved her head over and she said “This is not true love, keep looking”. That moment stuck with me for a few years until I met my husband, the person who in all stories reminded me of her love, Bob along with my Grandfather on my mothers side.
I am always sobered when I think about the things that my grandmother missed. She was so influential in my life that missing items like birthdays, holidays, and my wedding are hard to think about. I know that I should be happy that she was here for as many years as she was, but as a human being, it makes it hard to think about. I hope that one day, there won't be a world with people like myself, that hope for a cure and pray for a way to see their family member be healthy again. Because of this, I walk for a cure in Lafayette.
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