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October 27th

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A friend on one of my teams mentioned that a man she had looked after for a long while had died at the age of 90, he & his wife had been married for 60 years and she was suffering from Alzheimer’s. At first you might think how sad..... but really, what a marvellous achievement.
It suddenly puts things into perspective doesn't it? What a wonderful life they must have had together, all the things they will have been through & what a wealth of knowledge & experience has been lost not only from his death but from his wife’s Alzheimer’s. I wish more young people would listen to the stories their Grandparents or the older generation can tell them. We lose so much when they go.
Life is a strange old thing & I'm just glad that I personally have a wonderful husband, family and friends and also I have good Sparkfriends who are beside me all the way. I'm so lucky.
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    Well said!
    3400 days ago
    Yep, I feel blessed too. And today, my daughter who is getting her master's degree in journalism called me up to interview me of all things about my recollections in the time of Nixon. She did it for an assignment, but I think she really appreciated my storytelling, too. So I am truly blessed today.
    3400 days ago
    Go get him Jude lol!!

    Absolutely right, These wonderful living memories are so precious and yet so fragile.

    M x
    3400 days ago
  • BRANDI1809
    Sailing close to the wind there Chris! Just wait till I see you again***************
    3400 days ago
    Nicely put Jude, and so right.
    Clare's Grandmother died at the age of 100 and we burried her on her 101st birthday. This was in January 2008, and shortly before she died (she was still climbing stairs and washing herself to the age of 99 1/2!!) I ask her if she could remember the Titanic, as she would have been 5 at the time.
    She said that she remembered her Father coming home with a newspaper stating what had happened with the disaster but, her earliest "strongest memory" was of her Father going to war in August 1914!.
    The astonishing thing is, when she was a child, her school masters would have been more senior than those of today. Perhaps in their 50's and so she was taught by people who themselves were children midway through Queen Victoria's reign, and so I could hold her hand and reach back in time beyond living memory.
    I love being around older people for these reasons and I seem to get on better with them too.
    So, I guess that's why I got on with yourself Jude when we first met!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!> emoticon

    3401 days ago
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