A short story : Jane and Joe

Sharing a story I’d written a year ago on World Alzheimer’s Day, today. To see someone you love lose their memory and forget their name, their age, their family, you, who love them is distressing. It takes a toll on the caregiver. So, if you’ve been a caregiver or know someone who is, do support them in any manner you can.


“Did you sleep well?” he asked concerned

“Yes I did.”

“How are you feeling now?”

“I’m much better. Please don’t worry,” she said, her voice soft

“How can I not worry? I am your son.”

“Son?” she asked confused.

“You must go and rest. You just got discharged from the hospital yesterday,” he continued ignoring her question.

“Yes, but I told you I have rested. I have been resting since a week.”

“A week. Yes. It had me worried. If something happened to you, how would I live?”

“I told you not to worry. I am fine. But I am not your mother and you’re not my son.”

“I understand you are angry with me for not staying by your bedside. I wanted to stay with you in the hospital but Bill wouldn’t hear of it. He said a lady would sleep with you in the room and that she…

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8 responses to “A short story : Jane and Joe”

  1. A short story : Jane and Joe – Nelsapy Avatar

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  2. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Ahh, such a beautiful story. ❤

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much dear Manja. It’s one of my very few attempts at story writing. 🙂

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      1. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

        You may do it again. 🙂


  3. sienablue Avatar

    I watched helplessly as my parents’ marriage withstood Alzheimer’s. My mother’s courage and strength was inspiring, but it took a toll on her health. It taught me lessons I didn’t know I would need.
    As women, our skill and capacity for mothering moves backward as well as forward through the generations of family.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m sorry to hear of your dad, Jo. I understand it must have been extremely difficult for your mom. I know how it is to see your mom brave- it teaches lessons in more ways than any school can teach. I saw my mom battle with cancer with a smile. It’s amazing the amount of strength some people show in times of adversity. Thank you Jo for sharing your experience. I feel connected despite the distance and never meeting 🙂 X

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      1. sienablue Avatar

        You have such a talent for putting these things into words Smitha! I may not get to your blog every day, but I am always inspired by your words and painting when I get here.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Thank you for your very kind words, Jo. They’re so encouraging, especially since this is one of my very few attempts at story writing. I’ve written precisely three and this is one of them. I look forward to your opinion on my painting and my posts because they’re filled with wisdom and positivity. XXX


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