Loose But Not Connected by Deborah A. Upton

“He knows what he’s doing. He’s being mean to me,” Marian complained.

“No, he doesn’t,” Jamie replied. “His brain is like a sponge with
holes in it. He has Alzheimer’s. Don’t you understand what that
means? He can’t make connections.”

Reaching into the dryer, Marian pulled out freshly cleaned pajamas—the
same ones she had taken to the nursing home yesterday. She found them
this morning in the dirty cloth hamper in her husband’s room, still
neatly folded and in a pile. Now she had to do them all over again.

Spreading the pajamas out on the ironing board, Marion slammed the hot
iron down on the cloth, steaming more than the steam iron.

“If they wouldn’t keep losing his pajamas in the wash, I wouldn’t have
to be doing this myself at home.”

“Well, why don’t you quit buying him pajamas?” Jamie replied. “Then
when they lose them all, he’ll just have to go naked.”

Marian met her friend’s eyes, “I’d be tempted to, but….

“But what?” Jamie asked

“He keeps holding hands with Gracie.”

“What’s that got to do with pajamas?”

“He knows what he’s doing. He just wants to make me mad.” Marian
raised her hand to her temple.

“What’s the matter?”


“Something’s wrong.”

“Did you know if they would quit losing his pajamas I wouldn’t have to do this?”

“What are you talking about?”


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6 responses to “Loose But Not Connected by Deborah A. Upton

  1. A very real look at Alzheimer’s, and the hint of it that changed the story from sad to scary. Well done, Deborah.

  2. Nice story, Deb. Been there done that. The “holding hands with Gracie,” the real reason for Marian’s steam is a good touch – it is sad to see your loved one who may have forgotten you- make new connections with strangers. Well done!

  3. Oh no, oh no, oh no… Poor woman.

  4. Very well-portayed picture of this sad condition. Heart-breaking for the afflicted — but more so for the caretakers. Peace…

  5. Nice use of dialogue to move this story forward and to reveal the sad scene.

  6. Pingback: Week #35 – Loose connections | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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