Wednesday, 29 April 2015

You Wore Green #AtoZchallenge




“Remember?”
I shake my head.
“It was that restaurant on the high street…”
I shrug. “No. Are you sure I was there?”
“Yes, I never took anyone else there.” He’s getting cross. He checks himself when the nurse gives him a look. He sighs and starts again. “It was our third date. I remember thinking I was with the most beautiful girl in the world.”
I chuckle. “A long time ago.”
“No, always.”
He always says the right thing.
“We had our first kiss that night, and I knew I would ask you to marry me.”
“That early?”
“Oh yes.”
My eyes are watering. “I don’t remember any of it.”
He takes my hand and brushes his finger over my wedding ring. “You wore green, to the restaurant. You had your hair pinned up—”
“How can you remember that?” I catch the twinkle. “You’re making it up!”
“No, no. I promise, I always tell you the truth. I always will.”
I smile at him and nod. “I’m going to forget who you are, aren’t I?”
He squeezes hand, wipes a tear from my eye. “Yes.”

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62 comments:

  1. This is so apt and so sad. I've seen it at work with dementia and my MIL. You have captured the essence of the moment when lucidity still remains.

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    1. I'm glad my words rang true, D.G. I wanted to share the tender moments that can still occur.

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  2. When I was pregnant, I think with my second child, I went for a walk with my husband. At this one point, I got completely disoriented about where we were. I had this immediate shock full of anxiety. I was with my husband, so I kept walking with my heart and mind racing. Eventually, I remembered the three blocks we had just walked and that I had just completely forgotten. It still scares me to this day. I haven't had it happen since, but I now how a deep respect for people that are living that kind of fear every day.

    You can find me here:
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    1. It must be terrifying to be in that situation permanently. Pregnancy brain is bad enough, and we know it's going to go away at some point.

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  3. that 'Yes' is so poignant

    zannierose - A-Zedding in Cornwall

    http://shamanism.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/43207905-w-wren

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  4. Hi Annalisa.
    Sorry I'm so late in getting to your place... I've had a rough A to Z this year.
    There are so many FF blogs that I wanted to check out, but didn't get to at all.
    I'll be stalking a few of them... after the A to Z Challenge.

    This is a wonderful snippet that captures the essence of dementia...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I found the A-Z tough too - a couple of real-life dramas were thrown in this year!

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  5. That was a great tale, solemn but yet with a hint of hope.

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  6. I always love stories where one person has a hard time remembering some thing, past or present. It makes for a great mystery!

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  7. Terribly sad, but very sweet at the same time.

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    1. Old people who still love each other like that are wonderful characters to write about.

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  8. Awww. That's a sad one. Well done.

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  9. Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease. You did a great job conveying the heartbreak of it with this bitter-sweet conversation.

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    1. I'm glad I wrote it well. I've never experienced it, but it's one of my health fears.

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  10. Oh dear. You really captured such a beautifully poignant moment here with your "Yes." I posted on yes too but much differently.

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    1. But at least they are happy for that moment, Misha :-)

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  12. Lovely....
    Not doing the A-Z, but finishing napowrimo tomorrow, which has been exhausting.
    See my words at:
    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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  13. yes - so sad and so touching. He'll be telling her "you wore green" every day.

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    1. Yes, but each time with such love, Joanne.

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  14. This reminds me of The Notebook. So sad and yet for that moment she loved him.

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    1. I've never read The Notebook. I'll check it out.

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  15. That must be the worst thing - knowing you're losing it. You write so sparingly yet vividly.

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    1. Thanks Lizy. Yes, it's a cruel disease, and some people are very aware of what they are losing.

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  16. What a sad tale. The way in which you wrote it added to the poignancy.
    Keith's Ramblings

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  17. Wow... that was a powerful ending.. for some reason, I was thinking *he* was ill/sick, not her...

    PS... If there is a more *evil* disease than Alzheimer's, I don't know what it could be...

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    1. Ah, that's interesting you thought it was the other way around, Mark.

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  18. I had the same reaction as Mark - for some reason I thought he was the one that was sick, not her! This story is heart wrenching - having watched my grandma go through this exact thing, I have the deepest respect for anyone with a loved one suffering from this dreadful disease. I can't think of anything worse.

    Rachel Pattinson
    Rachel's Ramblings - Full of writing, tea and cake

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    1. I'm sorry you've had first-hand experience. It must be a terrible thing.

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  19. That's very sad. I'd hate to be at point, like her, where I knew I'd forget.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  20. So sad. Beautifully told. Thanks for the fantastic stories throughout the Challenge.

    @AnneKnol1 from
    New Author Support - Tips on Writing and Promotion from A to Z

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  21. Oh this is so sad. Breaks my heart.

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    1. I didn't include a couple of lines, because I was on the verge of tears.

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  22. Oh, how poignant, Annalisa. Beautifully written. I've come to your blog via Hilary, and I'm disappointed I've come so late. I must come back to read more.

    Nice to meet you on the A-Zs.

    Samantha Mozart
    http://thescheherazadechronicles.org

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    1. Thanks Samantha. Nice to meet you too.

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  23. That's one of the worst things that can happen to anyone, affecting a loving marriage is especially tragic. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Nick. But their love is still there, it won't go anywhere, just change.

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    1. I have no idea how to reply to this ;-)

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  25. Holy smokes, this is so sad, and it's so short. So amazing.

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  26. Oh wow - so terribly sad :( But beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Trisha. I tried to make it uplifting, but it's a sad, tragic disease.

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  27. Hi Annalisa - yes I agree with the others ... wonderfully written, but so utterly believable ...congratulations on Y ... cheers Hilary

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  28. You're really trying to make us cry aren't you. Beautifully done.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I shed a tear or two while writing it, so it's only fair, Tasha :-)

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  29. Lovely and so true. It's nice she has him to remind her, if only for a moment. Quite a contrast to your X post :)

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    1. And he'll always be there to do it, Shell :-)

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