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stillness welcomes me home - though home will never be the same. It has only been four hours since we lost Dad to Alzheimer's, but we had been losing him slowly, piece by piece, for a decade. The chill in the air elicits a thousand memories that lie, one over the other, like rings of a tree, or striations of rock that fuse and in their entirety become an object or a lifetime.
Standing in the doorway of our home, for a moment it is as though everything is as it was, as if he might be in there. I strain to hear the dishwasher and wish that if I stood still a minute longer, I could hear his voice saying "Okay, I am going up."
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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room