Another early post with Maureen awake at 3 am, needing a drink.
There is a recent novel: Elizabeth is Missing where the main character has dementia. The story is about her efforts to find her friend Elizabeth. Three people in my own family have dementia: Maureen, mum and my brother John are now missing. Jimbo a frequent contributor to Talking Point, cleverly changed the words of a poem, Antigonish, by W H Mearns to expresses the associated agony like this:
Yesterday upon the stair,
I saw my wife tho’ she wasn’t there.
She wasn’t there again today,
I wish she hadn’t gone away…
When I came home last night at three,
My wife was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see her there at all!!
Last night I saw upon the stair,
My poor dear wife who wasn’t there,
She won’t be there again today
How I wish she’d not gone away…
Just to extend the my artistic licence this morning I am going to add a special piece of music to this Blog. The choice is pertinent as it is UB 40 singing: I’m Missing You. There’s no prizes for guessing the Band on the stage at the first concert Maureen and I ever went to together, at the NEC, in Birmingham.
The poem, and song, couldn’t express my feelings any better.