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April 1, 2012 vol 8 no 1

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Terri L. French

Symptom 10

Grandma smiles and points at my feet as soon as I walk in her back door. Sometimes I lie and tell her they're new – it makes her happy. The first thing grandma always asked after "can I get you something to eat?" was "are those new shoes?" Grandma loved shoes. Well, she still does, but she can't tell you so. She has late-stage Alzheimer's and has quit talking. I'm not sure if she can't or just doesn't want to anymore. But she still smiles. And she still finds a way to ask if you're wearing new shoes.

picking daisies

a flip-flop flower

hides her bunion