In the Silence of that Hallway

By Ed Stubbing '64

Ed Stubbing ’64

“E-d-d-d-d?”

Ignore it, Ed. It’s a dream. Just a dream.

“E-d-d-d-d?”

Uh-oh. Maybe not a dream. Maybe it’s . . . Lu.

“E-d-d-d-d! E-d-d-d-d!”

My mother-in-law, Lu, 89, is a 16-year veteran of the Alzheimer’s Wars. Three years ago a stroke took its toll, and Lu needs a walker to move about. I press the Indiglo-light button on my Timex: 3:30—earliest ever. Time for an Action Plan. Sit up in bed. Shift legs. Place feet on rug. Stand. Stare into darkness.…

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