Peggy has a new sitter and her name is Wanda.
I introduced myself to her this morning and told her that I call Peggy every day to talk with her. She seemed surprised.
She won't talk to me, Wanda said.
I thought about that and told her that Peggy really doesn't talk to me either but she does listen.
I told Wanda to talk with Peggy and know that she may not be able to respond but that she does listen very carefully.
Peggy took the phone and said, Hello.
I did what I do every time that I talk to her. I ask her questions and get one word answers that may or may not make sense to me. One word answers are fine with me because... I can still hear her voice.
She still manages to surprise me on some days.
Today, our conversation went like this.......
Hi Peggy, this is Mary Louise, your sister.
OK, was her reply.
Peggy, do you know who I am?
Silence filled my ears.
What are you doing today?
Are you watching television?
Television, are you watching a show?
Do you want to tell me anything?
What do you want to tell me?
How do you like Wanda?
Silence and then she surprised me by saying a whole sentence.
Peggy said, I don't know who Wanda is!
Wanda is the lady who is staying with you today, I said.
Peggy, I Love You, Today!
I'll call you again tomorrow, Peggy.
I'll call tomorrow.
Because I love you and you are my sister.
You can hang up the phone now.
This went on for several minutes until I slowly hung the phone up.
As I was putting the phone down, I heard her say....OK.
My heart crunched.
Today was a gift. Peggy said a sentence.
And Peggy.....Guess what?
I don't know who Wanda is either!
I Love You Today, Peggy!