Conversations with Dad

I brought Dad over to our house on Sunday afternoon to help with a backyard project. We added mulch to some flower beds to help conserve water. Dad likes being around my husband and my sons, and he likes being helpful.

On the way home, I thanked him. “I think it’s a big improvement, Dad.”

“Jawohl,” he said. “Das ist sehr gut.”

German? He answered me in German?!

Dad only knew a few sentences in German from his high school days.

Not a bad day, I thought.

But as we pulled up to his Board & Care, he was very confused. He had no recollection of the house and didn’t understand why he was there, or why I was leaving.

Fortunately, his resident-friend John walked out with the caregiver and greeted Dad like he was seeing Lazarus raised from the death. Connecting with faces seems to satisfy Dad.

As I drove home, I thought about the mystery of the human brain.

A German phrase remained, but Dad couldn’t remember where he had lunch…the same place he has lived for over a year.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. ElizabethMThompson says:

    The mind is a puzzle. When my Great Grandmother was suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s, I had to introduce myself every time I walked into the room. Even if I had only been away a few minutes.

    But she remembered Scripture! Her brain was an incredible storehouse filled with God’s Word. That brought me great comfort.

  2. Pamela J says:

    Thank you for sharing your times with your Dad. They have meant a lot to me too.