July 18, 2012: Who’s That Girl?

My friend Lilia came over to play cards with my mother today. Lilia is my friend who comes over to visit Mom simply because she wants to, and in the hopes that I’ll take an hour off for myself while she’s there. Lilia certainly has other things to do—she’s just signed her first book deal with a real live publisher, and she recently launched a suddenly-successful copywriting business that’s keeping her busy—but she insists on coming over to visit my mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

After Lilia went home, Mom went to the bathroom. When she came out, she seemed surprised to see me.

“I’m glad you came to visit,” she said, giving me a hug. “When did you get here?”

“Oh, about eight hours ago,” I replied, cheerfully. I’ve discovered that sounding thrilled about everything keeps my mother happy.

“Well, I don’t remember seeing you here today,” she said, as we walked to the kitchen. “But there was a really nice girl here a little while ago that you would have liked.”

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4 Responses

  1. Lilia…a true friend. The world needs more people like her!

  2. sweet!

  3. Your mother is so sweet!

  4. Oh, this makes me miss you guys like you wouldn’t believe.

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