As I was listening to A Prairie Home Companion on February 5, 2011, these words from Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” monologue jumped out at me:
“All stories take place at all times. We live our lives at all times. We’re still children, even as we are adults, and life is many-layered and complicated.”
This particular story dealt in part with his mother, who has dementia. (I don’t know if that’s true in real life or not.) Sometimes she would be in the here and now, at other times a young married woman, at other times a little girl. None one ever knew what to expect when they visited her. In the story, Keillor was okay with this–maybe to see other sides of his mom, maybe an acceptance of life as it is.
But I think you would always be hopeful that the person with memory loss will remember you always.