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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: Going in Circles
By hannah anderson
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Actually, I’ve been in more places like this than I can remember; and it seems like I’m spending more and more time here every year. Everybody just keeps getting older, even my friends. At first they try to make do at home with outside help, but mostly they just end up in one of these homes with very few visitors - so I try to do what I can.
But I’ve got to be honest with you, visiting these folks day after day can get pretty depressing. I guess I just try to remember that God doesn’t forsake them. Even when things get so mixed up that nothing makes sense to them anymore, His peace still passes all understanding. I’m certain He has a way of leaving some memory to remind them of Himself.
Well, that wasn’t the right turn, but the room’s got to be around here somewhere. I really need to finish up this last stop and get back to the office. Nan will be bringing lunch soon.
She’s really something, you know, my Nan. We’ve been together ever since college, back when we had everything figured out and things made sense. She was stunning – always knew how to dress and carry herself. I remember she’d wear the prettiest skirts and sweater sets, sometimes even a hat and gloves. And there was always that string of pearls or a simple cross pendant on a gold chain.
Not like fashion these days. I’ll tell you something, I’ve never seen so many women dress so unattractively as I have in the last few months. Everybody’s wearing these two-piece track suits. And the tennis shoes! I haven’t seen a woman in-honest-to-goodness dress pumps in ages. Not my Nan, though. She knows how to dress.
If you ask me, they really should design these places better. I feel like I’m going in circles. I could have sworn that room was on this floor.
We’ve had a pretty good life together over the years, but lately I’ve been kind of concerned about her. She’s been especially moody. Seems upset every time I see her, like she’s been crying. And she’s been real forgetful too - can never remember to give me my medications on time anymore. I’ve actually had to start getting them myself. I worry about her ending up in a place like this someday. But I suppose I shouldn’t worry too much just yet; she’s probably just going through the change.
This is getting ridiculous. I couldn’t have missed the room again. I feel like I’ve already been down this hall once. No, maybe twice.
Now Nan and I, we’ve had a good run of things; my only regret is that we don’t have children. I remember always talking about our own little daughter or son, but I suppose things just didn’t work out the way we expected. Poor Nan, I think she still dreams about them in her own way. Sometimes I wonder if that’s what’s finally going be the end of her. You know, always dreaming and thinking about something that can’t be.
Where is that room?! Honestly, the incompetency of some people – who ever designed this building didn’t know what he was doing. How I am supposed to do my job if I can’t even find the room!
Here comes one of those perky young girls in her track suit. I suppose she’ll know something.
“There you are! Rev. Jaeger, honey, we’ve been looking all over for you. You know you just can’t wander off like that. Your wife and daughter stopped by your room tonight and couldn’t find you. They’re real worried. All right, sugar, just calm down; the important thing’s that we found you. Let’s get you back; it’s time for your Aricept. And your son and grandkids will be here soon too. He’s bringing you a real nice birthday cake and even some balloons. Come on dear, let’s go, I’ll take you back to your room.”
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