Even Alzheimer’s Disease Can’t Erase That Memory

Here is a story that shows how the bond of love is unbreakable, even when we think that age and disease have caused it to fade away.

In the final years of his life, my father suffered from Alzheimer’s and was under twenty-four-hour care in a dementia unit. Mom lived in an apartment in the same building and spent most of her days with Dad.

I was visiting them on that particular day. Dad was quiet, and it was impossible to tell if he was even listening to the conversation between Mom and me. We usually got nothing more than a one-word answer if we asked him anything.

Somehow, we got on the topic of how my parents had met. I had heard the story before, of course, but I wanted to make sure I remembered the details correctly. They met while attending a month-long training course when they were both in their early thirties.

“Was it love at first sight?” I asked.

“I don’t remember,” Mom answered, “I don’t think so.”

However, the uncertainty in her voice and her body language convinced me that sparks must have started flying quickly.

“Do you remember your first kiss?” I asked.

Mom blushed. “Of course.”

Suddenly, Dad’s face lit up, and he spoke with an affectionate smile. “Yes, and it was electrifying.”

Mom and I looked at each other with eyes as big as saucers. We burst out laughing.

Dad couldn’t recall what he had done two minutes earlier and hardly ever said a word. And yet, at this moment, his love for Mom came through loud and clear.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Anna Anderson

    Wow, Carol! What a memory for you to cherish. Your parents continue to shine, bright as the sun.

    1. Carol


      1. Adam

        Amazing, very telling, apparently contrary to received wisdom, usual expectation, a situation clearly unexpected, unpredictable, beyond conventional thinking and likely presumption, still, credible as testimony, however unusual it may sound, yet not so odd or bizarre after all.

        1. Carol

          It was definitely unexpected!

  2. Joe Latimore

    Hi Carol , your parents love for each other overcame Alzheimer’s, what a testimony of tried and true love . It reminds me of the Love that God has for the Church.

    1. Carol


  3. Lori Rowe

    Thank you for sharing this precious story.!

    1. Carol

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  4. Kathie Ida

    Hi Carol, I’ve finally found the time to read your blog again and I just love this sweet memory about your parents. It made me laugh. Your parents have actually been much on my mind this week as I’ve been praying for your mom. She is the “missionary of the week” at our church. Your dad was one of my favorite people and I just love to think of him in heaven with the Lord Jesus, with no more Alzheimers, worshiping his God and Savior. And when it’s time, your precious mom will join him

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