Conversations with Dad

Yesterday, a friend asked me how my dad was doing…and as much as I appreciated her concern, I don’t know how to answer that question. There’s no good answer!

Alzheimer’s disease has taken more and more of Dad’s verbal skills and life skills. He’s very healthy, though…which is a mixed blessing.

(My sister found this picture recently of Dad and me–taken in Hong Kong.)

But last weekend, Dad was over at my brother’s house for lunch on Sunday. My brother had a job for him to do: sticking address labels onto envelopes. Dad had owned a construction trade journal and had stuck many such address labels onto many envelopes over the years.

He was doing a very good job, then suddenly looked up…he happened to notice one address label wasn’t complete.

Everyone got excited and praised Dad for his keen observation! Mom said he just looked so darned pleased.

She said watching him that afternoon…it just felt as if he was normal, doing a task while watching a ball game on tv. In a way, those moments are worth cherishing, because they remind us of how Dad used to be. He’s had this disease for so long that we’re starting to forget.

But every now and then…there’s a glimmer of the old Dad. Sweet, sweet memories.

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:

    Those breaks in the clouds are so sweet. A few weeks ago my FIL started asking about my husband, so he hurried down there and he was relatively lucid and they had a good visit.

    Hugs to you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Capturing this bittersweet incident with your finely crafted words is quite special and it would be great for you to print it out for your mother to read and to keep.
    your sister sounds so thoughtful to
    have given you that great picture of you and your Dad during happy times.