Conversations with Dad

I just got back from getting a haircut. I’ve got a great system down…I make appointments way in advance, am in the chair by 8 am…take some work that I need to get done, and voila! By 9 am, my hair looks stunning. For the day, at least.

Today, my hairdresser lady mentioned that she thinks her father-in-law has Alzheimer’s. He’s been sitting on top of his washing machine during its spin cycle, hoping to keep the washer quiet.

She and her husband have started the process of getting her father-in-law tested.

I put down my work and listened, sympathetically, nodding in all the right places.

But all that I could think was, “Oh honey, brace yourself.”

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. Mocha with Linda says:


    THe heartbreaking disease where I tell my friends you grieve because “they die before they die”.

  2. Suzanne says:

    So true. Nancy Reagan called it “The Long Goodbye.”