Love Is Not Forgotten

A woman's visit with her ailing grandmother confirms an eternal familial bond.

- Posted on Oct 24, 2014

An elderly woman's hands are clasped lovingly by a younger woman's hands.
Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.—ISAIAH 49:15 (NRSV)

I walked into the special-care unit to see my grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s. “Hi, Grandma Caryle,” I said, stooping to hug her.

She looked up, but there was no recognition in her face. She didn’t even hug me back.

“How are you feeling today?” I scooted close to her on the couch, speaking in an exaggerated, enthusiastic tone, attempting to cheer her up—and maybe myself too.

“Oh, fine,” she said automatically.

“Thank you for providing the booklet, Strength for Helping Hearts.  I gave this to a friend, Lisa, who is in a difficult situation caring for her aging parents and dealing with some resistance from her siblings. God bless your ministry!”                                                      -Mary Jane F.

I made small talk about the weather, our family, and the antics of my daughter, her only great-grandchild. “Remember the time you and I went to California?” I asked. “It was my first plane ride.”

Grandma listened with interest as if hearing about the trip for the first time. “Of course, you’ve traveled all over the world: to Spain, Switzerland, Greece. Portugal was your favorite country.”

“I don’t remember.” My heart ached because this woman, who’d been a major part of my formative years, couldn’t remember her life.

Standing to go, I got up my nerve. “Grandma, do you know who I am?” My voice quivered.

Her brown eyes looked hard at my face. “I don’t remember your name,” she answered, “but I know you’re someone I love.”

Lord, others may forget, but you always remember.


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