The word ‘umbrella’ was missing for three hours. If I hadn’t asked the cashier for ‘one of those thingies’ and been asked, ‘What, an umbrella?’ who knows how long it would’ve carried on…

I’ve no idea how long I lost the phrase ‘water bottle’. Didn’t need it until I did. I had to make the gesture of drinking an invisible something.

Disappearing words. You know straight away from the worried look on a face you don’t recognize. They could be anyone. Have any name. And right then the words ‘umbrella’ and ‘water bottle’ come to you worthlessly.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
9 months ago

Your micro writing makes me think and question, Melissa. I would love to sit down with you and ask so many questions about your enigmatic story.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
9 months ago

What a well-written, disturbing story, Melissa. You’ve encapsulated the feeling of helplessness that must accompany memory loss. We’ve all experienced fleeting moments like this – they get more frightening as we grow older. You’ve certainly set a high bar for this micro contest!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
9 months ago

Melissa, this is such a heartbreaking story. It’s such an awful situation to be in. As a nurse, mainly working with the elderly, I had a lot of experiences with caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and various other disorders that cause memory loss of varying degree.… Read more »

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
9 months ago

How well you have captured the frightening signs of Alzheimer’s, Melissa and how those suffering must feel. I know how frustrated I can be when I’m unable to recall a word, it’s unimaginable what those who suffer from this terrible disease go through. A heart-breaking story.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
9 months ago

Melissa, this is such a sad reality for so many people. I read your comments too and also hope they would somehow find a cure soon. Just thinking how frustrating it is to not remember a word every once in a while, I cannot begin to understand how it must… Read more »

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
9 months ago

Poignant, heartbreaking, but I love it. Such a beautiful piece of writing that evokes emotion into us all. I think it’s one of those things I fear the most! I love your response to Margarida too about how you see remembering as trying to grasp water, because that’s exactly what… Read more »

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
Reply to  Melissa Taggart
9 months ago

I completely agree! And I think you wrote the subject perfectly!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago

The truth behind your story is tearful and frightening, Melissa. I can’t quite imagine having Alzheimer’s disease. That is a very difficult situation. It is very well-written and well portrayed. Nice one. I love it.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Melissa Taggart
9 months ago

You are welcome, Melissa.

Juma
Juma(@juma)
8 months ago

This is a well-written story, Melissa. You’ve used every word wisely and your use of first person makes it a personal experience. The last line, when the words “umbrella” and “water bottle” come back, especially packs a punch. Excellent writing.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
8 months ago

This is such a great story to show from inside what it’s like to suddenly miss words in your vocabulary! I especially love the last word in your story, when you say that the words come back “worthlessly”, a great play with words. As you say, this happens to all… Read more »

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