wings and things

‘Who’s that silly old fool?’

on September 30, 2015

I showed Anthony these photos just after I took them with my phone the other day. They’re a bit blurry and way too close-uppish but I wanted to show him what he looks like sometimes.

The first photo shows his usual facial expression. This is often termed the ‘Parkinson’s mask’ and is due to the fact that the facial muscles aren’t working very well.


Anthony: Who’s that silly old fool?
Me: It’s you!
Anthony: Ghastly.

So then I tried to make Anthony look me in the eyes by shouting “Look me in the eyes or I’ll bop you!” Ants and I have discovered that this rather dramatic method works well.


Anthony’s smile, trapped for so long inside that Parkinsonism mask, has, as I’ve said before, begun to occur more and more.

Ming disagrees with me because he says that whenever he enters Anthony’s room, he is greeted with that smile. What he doesn’t realise is that his visits are excitingly unexpectedly haphazard, whereas mine are (perhaps) boringly regular.


When I showed Ants that last photo of his smile, he took my hand in his and kissed it exactly ten times before saying…

Anthony: Who’s that silly old fool?

Me: My hero.

31 responses to “‘Who’s that silly old fool?’

  1. cicorm says:

    Beautiful! 🙂

  2. ksbeth says:

    heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

  3. Aww sweet. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. The smiles… help you see the real ‘Anthony’ I would suppose. Diane

  5. This brought tears to my eyes.

  6. Judy says:

    It seems like he can’t “mask” his love for you!

  7. Trisha says:

    This is so heartwarming!

  8. Oh Julie…..I so appreciate that smile. And this is one of my favorites of your posts. ❤

  9. Terry says:

    His smile melts my heart

  10. Colline says:

    So romantic. When you write stories like this I can see that you both love one another so much.

  11. He may think he is a silly old fool but he is your silly old fool and you love him, and it would light up your heart when he smiles for you

  12. Vicki says:

    That smile is just lovely, Julie. I’m really pleased to hear Anthony is smiling more and more. It must be such a joy to see.

  13. Awwwww your love story is so incredibly beautiful!

  14. Tiny says:

    That is a beautiful smile, and I’m sure there’s nothing boring about your regular visits!

  15. Val Boyko says:

    Lovely Julie. You captured the light and love so beautifully. xo

  16. Lovely man, Anthony. Lovely you.

  17. A lovely story of LOVE 🙂

  18. Aw………so touching, Julie. What a sweet smile. 🙂 xx

  19. the love story continues….. sending you love and hugs!

  20. You are a hero too, Ms. Julie.

  21. niasunset says:

    Dear Julie, you are so nice, you are both so nice… and yes, you are a hero and I haven’t met someone like you dear Julie. God Bless you both, Love, nia

  22. lensgirl53 says:

    You’re making me cry……Blessings to you and your hero……

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