The Residue of Memory


At Vela Magazine, Leslie Kendall Dye discusses living with her mother who has dementia, and the connection between her mother and her own daughter:

After dinner, I watch my mother and child play in my daughter’s shoe-box room. My daughter is dancing to Dick Hyman’s jazz rendition of The Nutcracker Suite. My toddler instructs my mother with recently acquired vocabulary from her ballet class.

My mother listens attentively as my daughter lectures her. She is so patient with her grandchild. Unaffected by the residue of memory, her vision is fresh every time she sees her.

Katie O'Brien is an English major at Cornell University, where she writes for kitsch magazine, DJs for a rock station, and complains about the cold. Find her on Twitter @abluekite. More from this author →