Congratulations to Sarah Smith of Fairbanks for taking top prize in our Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Writing Contest. Read an excerpt from The Weight of Memory below.
“My grandmother sits at the dining table in her small, dimly lit living room. She has just gotten off the phone with my aunt, the widow of her son five years gone. She has been chatting with her, sharing the latest news, for a quarter of an hour. When she hangs up the phone, she turns to me with a puzzled look on her face, and asks: “Who is Donna?” “Donna is my aunt,” I say, “Donna was David’s wife, remember?” I ask, feeling alarmed. “David? Who is David?” It is then that I realize the extent of her memory-loss.”