My Grandma Forgets
By Hayley Hunkin
“Grandma, please put on your slippers.” Mummy has said that lots of times this morning. When Grandma comes out of the bathroom, she is not wearing her slippers, so I run and get them for her. Grandma lives with our family. My Grandma forgets everything that happens, but we love her very much.
Mummy, Daddy, and I feel sad sometimes, because Grandma doesn’t talk as much as she used to and there are days that she doesn’t remember her own stories. “Grandma’s brain can’t make new memories and now she’s forgetting her old ones,” Mummy said. “We just have to help Grandma as much as we can.”
While Mummy helps Grandma to shower and get dressed, I play with my cars. Today, Grandma was taking a long time, so I went to find out why. “Hey Joe, it’s okay, Grandma forgot it was morning and started getting undressed again,” Mummy said when I jumped onto Grandma’s bed.
“Grandma, it’s not time to wear your pyjamas!”
My Grandma forgets what she does most days. Sometimes she goes on a bus with her friends for outings, but she can never remember what she did when she comes home.
Today, Grandma and I go into the garden. Grandma tells me about a magpie she had when she was a little girl. “It came and gave me cuddles in bed, and cleaned its feathers while looking in the mirror.”
As always when Grandma tells this story, I laughed, “What a funny bird!”
Mummy fills my watering can and I water the plants while Grandma sits in the sunshine. When Grandma sees me digging in the dirt, she said, “My Mum yelled at me when I came home muddy!” Mummy laughed, “Joe’s a muddy duddy!”
“That’s a funny cloud.”
“Which one, Grandma?”
“The one that looks like a wiggly worm or a snake.”
“I like the one that looks like a cat. Maybe it’s a tiger.” I made a growling noise and Grandma giggled like a little girl.
At lunch time, Grandma was surprised. “I didn’t think it was lunch time yet!”
Mummy said, “You’d forget to eat if we weren’t here.”
“How can you forget to eat? When you feel hungry, it’s time to eat,” I said.
Grandma smiled, “I just forget to think about whether I’m hungry or not.”
Grandma sometimes tells me stories or nursery rhymes, and I show her my books. Mummy gives me paper and I make Grandma a “love you” card. It’s fun to give Grandma a present, because she forgets she’s got it. I play games with Mummy while Grandma knits. Every time Grandma sees her card and gets excited, I give her a hug.
I love helping Grandma. I show her where her jumper is when she’s cold and help her to find things she has lost. When dinner is ready, I say, “Grandma, it’s time to wash your hands.”
“Joseph, please eat your potato.”
“Grandma, please eat your mince,” Mummy said.
“Yes, Mum!” Grandma said cheekily and winked at me.
When we finish our dinner, we can share a cake for dessert. Grandma has a cup of tea, and I have a hot chocolate.
Before I go to bed, I give Grandma a hug. “Goodnight, Little Fella,” she always says. She calls me that because she forgets my name, but whatever else Grandma forgets, she never forgets she loves me. I never forget that I love her too!