On Saturday, Mom and I were watching CNN’s coverage of the Trump rally in Tucson, Arizona and the gathering swell of protesters.
Mom: I like him. He’s funny.
Me: A lot of people don’t like him.
Mom: Why not?
Me: Because he wants to get rid of all the Muslims and immigrants, for one thing.
Mom: Oh, I didn’t know that.
After watching CNN for awhile, she said, “I still like him. He makes me laugh.”
On Hillary Clinton.
Me: What do you think about Hillary?
Mom (grimacing): Not much.
On her clothes closet.
Mom: There’s so many things in there that don’t belong to me. I don’t know where they came from.
Me: That’s why I brought you some new clothes. Last time I saw you you said the stuff you have is drab.
Mom: You didn’t have to waste money on that. What about my clothes at home? I won’t be here forever.
I bring her a box of Choco Leibniz every week or two; she calls them “chocolate grahams.”
Mom: Oh no, I don’t need any more cookies. I’m getting fat.
Me: What about these lemon cookies I got? They’re very light.
Mom: Those are okay.
I open the box, and she eats a few demurely with her coffee.
Mom: But no more chocolate!
On Raymond (another resident).
Mom and I take a spin around the floor. She likes to keep moving.
Mom: He’s always walking up and down with that other one (new female resident). It bothers me.
Mom: I don’t know. It just does.
Me: He likes to keep moving, just like you.
Mom: I guess so.
Mom: (very animated) I’ve been waiting to see “Liss for Life”.
Me: What’s that?
Mom: You know. They say it’s coming on, but I keep missing it.
Me: Who’s in it?
Mom: Van Gogh, you know. (more emphatically) Liss for Life.
Me: Oh, “Lust for Life.”
Me: Remember who plays van Gogh?
Mom: Schmikkel Ledberzz.
Sometimes Mom speaks gibberish–it comes with the Alzheimer’s.
Me: Kirk Douglas?
Mom: Yes, that’s what I said. (super animated now)
On hair stylists.
Mom: She’s never around to color my hair.
Me: I need to pick up your color at ShopRite.
Mom: They don’t have it here?
Me: No. That’s why they can’t color it now.
Mom: Well, it has to get done right away.
Me: I’ll bring the color next weekend, and then she’ll do it.
Mom: I hope so.
On stuffed animals.
I got her a small stuffed animal bunny for Easter.
Me: Do you have a name for the bunny?
Mom: No. He doesn’t need a name.