Old Times

At sixty she got stuck with a mind that refused to function like it should. A mind that forgot more then it retained. Yet everyday she thinks of France. She fantasizes about fresh baked baguettes smeared with soft creamy brie, and rude waiters talking down to her as if being American was a disease.

“We should go.”

“Mom, you’ve been to France. We went last year.”

Then she remembers.

Her daughter is 20 and getting married.

Thirty with kids.

Forty and no longer visits.

That her life is almost done.

She forgets all this again and tomorrow longs for France anew.




Photo by:

Sandra Cook


  1. Dear Bryan,

    Heartbreaking and too true to life. Well done.



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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Almost a poem

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    A sad tale, although France is definitely a place to remember. Nice writing.

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  4. Very sad tale. Beautifully written.

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  5. granonine says:

    The pathos here is very strong.


  6. Alas… it’s just the beginning to end…


  7. I can understand her longing for France! Very sad, but well-told.

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  8. James says:

    My Dad just passed away a few weeks ago, and my Mom has slowly been losing her ability to concentrate and remember things. She’s still pretty independent, but I suspect the day will come when she’ll be moving in with us.

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    1. Bryan Aiello says:

      I am so sorry for your loss.


  9. shivamt25 says:

    This was beautiful! Reminded me of a sweet but heartbreaking movie ‘Amour’.


  10. jellico84 says:

    Good job of capturing the reality of life there, Bryan. I’ve seen this same scenario play out time and time again in my years working with the Elderly. Sad, but real.


  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Like the line from Casablanca, my second reference to that movie today ;-), we’ll/she’ll always have Paris. Nice story.

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  12. michael1148humphris says:

    Well done: Memories they are so powerful, even with dementure, memories resurface.


  13. Beautifully written.


  14. Liz Young says:

    The last thing on my bucket list is to die painlessly with my mind still intact.

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    1. Bryan Aiello says:

      Is it worse to remember everyday we are going to die or be reminded occasionally?


  15. So true. Old age is painful. Can’t blame the youngsters too as life begins to load you with more and more…


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