Author's Note: Every word is true.
My wife, sister and I visited my ninety-five-year-old Nanna this week. No big deal, you might say. For us, it was.
We don't own a car, and my sister doesn't drive. So, we borrowed a family vehicle, collected my sister, who lives forty miles away, and then drove the same again to the York residential home where my Nanna lives. She has dementia, can't walk, and is in a secure ward, but we love her dearly.
Planning such a trip in our situation is never easy, so we never promise a visit in case we can't. Hence, our arrival was a surprise.
To cut a long story short and to get to the point, Nanna was shocked at us turning up but soon recovered her composure. We chatted non-stop about the past, memories and life in general. We had the same discussions about ten times each as she forgot them within five minutes. It didn't matter; she was happy.
When we eventually got up to leave, Nanna tried too. We begged her not to, so she sat again. However, as the three of us traipsed away, we heard a noise. Nanna had stood up, made it to the door, and was waving. She did so right up until we couldn't see her. A miracle!
We were so lucky to see this especially as a nurse was in the room opposite so we knew Nanna was safe.
People said she couldn't stand or walk, but she did.
If she only remembered our visit for a day it was worth it. Somehow, I expect she'll remember it much longer than that.
The human spirit is astonishing. We must never forget such things.
Thank you for reading