Jun 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Dotty, We're Going Out Tonight

Today would have been Dotty's birthday. I have been thinking about this all week.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Happy Birthday Dotty, We're Going Out Tonight
Would have been 96 today
I know its going to be tough tonight. It was tough going out last Friday night. I though about Dotty constantly.

I am now getting a clearer idea of how Alzheimer's caregivers feel when a deeply forgetful person dies.

I have been reading about how much they miss their loved ones in the comments section and via email for years.

I understood their words. Now I understand their feelings.

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I will admit, I thought I was going to have to drag myself out of here in order to go out tonight. Even if I went out, I thought I might be throwing in the towel very quickly.

But then I realized what I should and needed to do.

Take Dotty out with me.

This is exactly what I am going to do.

I have this little locket and I'll put some of Dotty in there and take her out for her birthday.

I thought people would think I was nutso for doing this. Live and learn.

Everyone I told so far loves the idea. I received nothing but encouragement. Live and learn.

So away we go around 6 o'clock. First stop the Banana Boat. After that who knows.

Not to worry. Whenever I asked Dotty if she wanted to go to another place she always said yes.

I guess I'll let you know how it went either late tonight or tomorrow.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room