181. Reminiscing

We took you

To Ocean City today.

A sunny, warm

October day. 

We walked along

The boardwalk,

Glad to be there

Without 

The crowds.

I’d never been;

You hadn’t been

In years. 

You 

And your husband

Spent summers

Visiting 

As kids.

He told us

Stories

Of the jobs he had

Mixing sodas

And putting out 

Umbrellas. 

Of renting a room

In a boarding house

Attic

For a dollar

A night,

When everything

Was beach

And the boardwalk

Ended

At twelfth street. 

I put my feet

In the ocean—

For you;

Felt healed

And renewed

Together 

With you. 

The Poetry of Dementia is an ongoing project to share my family’s journey with my mother’s illness as a year of moments. We do not know whether my mother will live a full year—or perhaps she’ll live longer. Her dementia has been a bittersweet and beautiful journey that has already taken us places we never imagined. Loving and caring for her at home has fundamentally changed each of us, and daily reminds us to live in the present with love, trust and patience. Click here to read from the beginning.