Lost Things - Oh Comely #2
Illustration for Oh Comely magazine #2, August 2010. Personal illustration + short text about something lost.
It seems to me that Alzheimer’s is like some sort of alternative reality where people easily lose themselves – and are unaware of it. It’s paradoxical: they lose small fragments of who they are (who they once were?) everyday, but in that reality they create within themselves, something that we perceive as missing is, for them, something that was never there.
However, we can at least take some solace from the fact that this reality becomes a cocoon, shielding them from some harsh aspects of growing old. And, as it becomes increasingly more difficult for them to recognize their daughters and sons and grandchildren, preserving memories is a task that falls on their loved ones. So I’m doing my part, for my grandmother, as delicately as I possibly can.