wings and things


on September 27, 2014

Today, the nurse-in-charge told me that they were concerned early this morning because Anthony couldn’t formulate words and I said that I had noticed this too over the last week or so. Of course this loss of grip on language has been happening for some time and sometimes Anthony tries, fails and sighs in frustration and resignation. His incoherence now, however, is so impossible for me to interpret, that I have become very good at pretending to understand.

But then all of a sudden, he will come out with the most perfectly sarcastic one-liner that it cracks me up. This happened last week when the nursing home had the accreditation people in. Ants and I were interviewed by a lady who directed her questions at Anthony but, because he was a bit confused, I had to kind of interpret his answers, then double-check for his nod.

After the interview was over and Ants and I were alone again, he grimaced arrogantly, and said, clearly and coherently, “I think I was a little too enthusiastic, Jules”. Well, of course I cracked up laughing straight away but Ants just gave me an ironic look and punched his right fist into his left hand and began to smile his slow smile.

12 responses to “One-liners

  1. susanpoozan says:

    What a wonderful moment that must have been.

  2. never mistake that your guy is not in there–

  3. He’s still got it! 😀

  4. ha! I could picture Ants doing that in my mind’s eye!
    Diana xo

  5. When my Mom couldn’t remember the right words to say she stopped trying but like you I just continued speaking to her believing that she understood ..just couldn’t respond. While it’s a one-sided conversation verbally, it’s just the way it ‘was’… Diane

  6. It is those one liners that will end up meaning so much, I know how we feel when nan will out of the blue crack one

  7. Anthony’s character is much larger than this disease.

  8. janeslog says:

    There’s an interesting article on the BBC website about Parkinson’s and a smartphone app which a university in England is developing. They are recruiting people online to help with trials so you might be interested.


  9. sunsetdragon says:

    Moments of laughter are wonderful and treasured.

  10. tersiaburger says:

    Another beautiful memory. Lots of love as always.

  11. Love his humor! All things are possible with the help of humor!

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