Just Dad

Dec 27, 2014 by

This photo taken on Christmas Day. Red on red. He had fallen asleep holding a cup of tea and it had spilled all down his front. When I arrived at the nursing home the carers were taking him down to his room to change him. They all had Santa hats on and were laughing and joking. They talked to him but he couldn’t understand them. I can see how even now he reads their body language. He’s a bit deaf and they speak English with heavily accented Asian, Philipino and Eastern European accents. All the Irish staff were obviously off.

When I walk in the spark of recognition is there. The usual question “how did you know I was here?”

This was our first Christmas he wasn’t “with us.”In truth he hasn’t been with us for a long time now (thanks to dementia/Alzheimer’s) but at least we knew he was at home.

They put on some Christmas carols and the residents dozed off after their Christmas dinners.

He had no idea it was Christmas.

Every time I drive away I wonder will it be the last time.

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