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June 4, 2012 / austreberto

fading but not gone

fading but not gone

 

we listen to her because there’s not much else we can do

 

she’s a talker

so don’t get her started unless you’ve got some free time

 

she’s frail

stares off into the distance a lot

 

some days it looks like she’s waiting to die

the way she just sits there

doing nothing

nods off to sleep a lot in the middle of the day

some days it’s almost too much

 

doesn’t mean to get so upset with us

there isn’t a mean bone in her body

 

not a single one

but they don’t have much strength these days

can barely hold her up

 

needs help

much more than she would like to admit

wants to be independent

not a fuss

 

asks the same questions more than once

sometimes back to back

 

we still give her the same answer every time

as if it was the first time she asked it

 

but she still has spirit

 

can play a mean game of scrabble

guess things on wheel of fortune long before the contestants do

and even if she doesn’t fully understand

she tries to follow

 

so speak up

clearly

and pay attention

 

she just might surprise you

 

still has a trick or two up her sleeve

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