I just had a feeling that the last line would be shattering, and it is. As always, you put it in a unique way that conveys more depth and even more sadness in a tender sort of way.
My mom, who took care of her mom during my time growing up, had to deal with the obvious change that came with dementia. Now, more recently, I see my father get off the phone with his father and it's usually emotional. Because someone that had such a fantastic memory is now unsure of things, exhausted by a simple conversation, and it's hard to see that even from a phone call.
I feel the kind of sunken feeling in this - the compassion, the bitterness of watching this, the hopelessness and frustration that things are not the same. Something that can be so confusing and alter someone's thinking, and their daily functioning. It's heartbreaking, and that's putting it mildly.
It's a horrible thing to witness, MA, especially in those we care about. My grandmother is getting pretty bad these days and really is beginning to struggle with things (especially names). And, like your own father, I always leave her house more deflated than anything else.
Oh Ben this is so touching.
"Her best abstract art painted with grey dementia ".
Dementia is awful and what's even more sad losing your memory. Abstract art (I love it) so many emotions are talking and the color grey is not a happy color. Very powerful piece here, little words and high meaning. Add to my favorite. All the very best to you