Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

WHEN GRANDMA FORGETS
Monday, November 2, 2020 by CRYSTAL BOWMAN

PLEASE WELCOME

CRYSTAL BOWMAN

TO

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

We all have those moments when our brain has to search for a word and then it finally comes to us. As we age, short term memory becomes more challenging. I can remember the names of every boy I dated in high school, but I have to think twice to remember what I had for breakfast.  We laugh about these minor annoyances and call them “forgetful moments.” Since I am blonde and in my 60’s I often say, “Was that a senior moment or a blonde moment?” But when memory loss is from a disease like dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s not funny anymore.

A recent report shows that 5.7 million Americans suffer from some form of dementia and most are over the age of 65. It’s a topic that is difficult to address, but almost everyone knows someone who is affected by this disease.

My newest picture book I Love You to the StarsWhen Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers (Kregel), is inspired by a true story. A young boy is happy when his grandma and her dog, Sunny, come to live with them. They enjoy putting puzzles together, reading books, and playing at the park. But when Grandma gets lost while going for a walk and starts putting things where they don’t belong, everything changes.

The boy’s mother explains that Grandma’s mind is sick and that’s why she is forgetting things. She explains to her son, “Grandma has always helped us, now it’s our turn to help her.” Eventually Grandma moves to a home where others can give her the care she needs. The boy’s mom brings him and Sunny to visit Grandma at her new home where they enjoy spending time with her.

The story was written to help parents and children understand that even though the relationship with Grandma or Grandpa is changing, the love between them will last. My prayer is that families who have a loved one with memory loss will find comfort and hope in the pages of this sweet story.

ABOUT CRYSTAL BOWMAN

Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and 4 nonfiction books for women. She also writes lyrics for children’s piano music and stories for Clubhouse Jr Magazine. She enjoys walking, eating ice cream, and hugging her grandkids. 

www.crystalbowman.com

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