MLMM Photo Challenge — The Memory Board

We set it up on the headboard of her bed in the nursing home. The plan was for her to wake up each morning and to see pictures of her family and close friends. The idea was to trigger happy, meaningful memories in her mind, or what was left of it given the advanced stage of her disease.

The medical staff at the facility at first thought it was a good idea, but after a few weeks they called my wife and suggest that we take down what we called her memory board. They said that she would see the pictures we had clipped to the headboard and get angry because she didn’t know who any of the people in the photos were and wanted to know why the photos were there. They told my wife that her Alzheimer’s had progressed to the point that, while physically she was in good shape for a woman her age, mentally she was gone.

That afternoon, my wife and I drove to the nursing home and took down the photos and the lights from her headboard. She was irritated because two strangers were in her room messing things up. We put everything from the memory board into a box and as we were getting ready to leave, my wife, tears flowing down her cheeks, reached out for the old lady’s hand and said, “We love you, Grammy. We’ll be back to visit with you again this weekend.”

Grammy pulled her hand away, gave her granddaughter a nasty look, and angrily said, “Who are you and how did you get into my house?”


Written for this week’s Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: Oleg Zaicev on Pexels.com.

The Sky Is Falling

Falling lights“Oh my God,” Sara said, sitting next to Todd on the sandy lake shore and looking up at the night sky. “I hate to sound like Chicken Little, but I think the sky is falling.”

“The only thing that’s falling,” Todd said, “is me for you.”

“Seriously, Todd,” Sara said, “I don’t know if you’re trying to butter me up, but I’m freaking out right now. Look at those lights or whatever they are. They seem to be dripping down from the sky. What is this?”

“This is love, Sara,” Todd said, “and all I can see right now is the reflection of my feelings for you in the deep blue pool of your eyes.”

“Todd, shut up. Now is not the time,” Sara said. “I don’t think you see the gravity of our situation. Something incredibly weird is happening here. I think we need to get out of here now!” Sara stood up, but Todd grabbed her hand to stop her from leaving.

“Go?” Todd said. “No way, Sara. All I can feel at this very moment is this electric current running through my body as we sit here together on the shore looking out on the glass-like surface of the lake and the exquisite light show in the sky above us. It makes me feel so heady.”

“Are you kidding me?” Sara said. “We don’t have time for me to list for you how inappropriate you’re being under the circumstances. Don’t you see what’s happening?”

“What’s happening is….”

Todd was interrupted by the sound of the huge extraterrestrial vehicle coming down from the night sky and alighting on the lake waters, churning them up enough to engulf the young couple.


Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Google Images. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (butter), Daily Addictions (pool), The Daily Spur (current), Word of the Day Challenge (glass), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (heady), and Your Daily Word Prompt (list).

More Power To You

E1B1CA02-1374-41BA-821B-E20084E20806The lights and electricity went out in my house on my block in my neighborhood at around 8:00 tonight. The electric company originally estimated that the power would be restored by around 10:00 tonight. But when 10:00 came and went, I called customer service and was informed that the next update will be at around 4:00 a.m.

And wouldn’t you know it, I went to the grocery store today and did a big shop. I picked up some frozen pizzas and ice cream, which will probably be thawed by morning, not to mention milk, fruit, veggies, cold cuts, and other goodies that require refrigeration. They’ll certainly be warm — and possibly spoiled — by the time I wake up. Sheesh.

I do hope that the three posts I’ve scheduled to be published tonight — one at midnight, one at 3:00 a.m. and one at around 6:00 a.m. — will still be published, since they are in the hands of WordPress. But for now, I’m going to bed. No lights, no power, and my iPhone’s battery is down to 12% with no way to charge it back up.

Unfortunately, this is generally the time that I read all of the posts from those of you that I follow that I didn’t get a chance to read during the day. But with a dying iPhone and no way to charge it, I will not be getting around to reading many of your posts tonight.

I apologize for missing some of your posts and I probably won’t have time to go back and catch up on them tomorrow, assuming power has been restored. Let me know if I missed anything good, okay?

Anyway, that’s it for me. Over and out. Hopefully there will be power in the neighborhood tomorrow.