Across From A Century

I sat across from almost a century.

A century embedded into one reality.

He was small in stature.

I felt at once

That I towered over him

And yet

Was dwarfed by his existence.

He lived life through things we will never understand

Or know.

I am in awe of the life

And the age.

Then

He said

There’s nothing that makes an old man feel older than not knowing what’s going on in the world.

I hate dementia.

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24 thoughts on “Across From A Century

  1. Morpheus says:

    Pretty funny. I was confused at first, but then you brought it home. Nice misdirection. 🙂

  2. Ocean Bream says:

    That is a pretty intense phenomenon to take in. An entire century’s worth of living in one mind. Wow. It’s so sad about dementia though 😦 Still, it’s a wondrous thing, is age. 🙂

  3. ksbeth says:

    wow, what a powerful life. and what a powerful statement at the end.

  4. notdonner says:

    when I was 17, I met a man in a nursing home who had been one of the drivers for the borax mining in the California desert at the turn of the 20th Century. They were called muleskinners as the wagons were pulled by mules. Talk with and encourage the elderly – the stories they have to tell — someone.

  5. Reblogged this on Chick Chat and commented:
    Our thoughts and experiences make us unique. Fight to keep your brain healthy!
    #ExerciseYourMind
    #WakeUpYourBody

  6. It struck my family, with my mother. Powerful post.

  7. tarafaherty says:

    In total agreement, and awe.

  8. I once spent a lunch time sitting with a lady, and her husband who had very advanced dementia. We talked about everything under the sun and included him in the conversation, although he had no ability of speech, and very little cognisance. She visited every day, and had been told by her friends that she should take a day or two for herself, missing a couple of visits every week. “He won’t know”, they said. “He doesn’t even know who you are!”

    She told me this with raised eyes, and a tut, and said, “But I know who he is – he’s my husband, and I love him.”

    I cried, and am doing so again in recounting this.

    Such a cruel disease.

  9. Mustang.Koji says:

    Such wisdom from both of you.

  10. Debra says:

    It’s a rather cruel aspect of aging when the mind begins to rob a person of their ability to remain engaged. I am confident your sensitivity is a great comfort to these older clients.

  11. So difficult Colleen. Wonderful job really makes us feel it!

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