Wednesday is World Alzheimer's Day. I will be wearing purple that day.
One reason is because I have friends who have family members who are suffering from this disease right now. Because my family has been through this before, I can say from experience that it is hard being the care-giver. It is also hard watching the care-giver suffer.
Another reason I will don my purple is in memory of my grandfather, Paul Lindsey, or as we called him, Pap. Pap suffered many years with Alzheimer's disease. He went from just forgetting things to almost burning down his house with a heater during the summer. He progressed into only the shell of the man we once knew.
Pap was a big, strong man. He proved it by propping his arm on the doorpost and letting my little brother hang on it. He would say, "Tell me when you get off." Classic, right? He was a tractor-riding farmer. My brother and I always wanted to go with him when he had errands. Why? Well, he would just happen to pull into the corner market and get us a soft-serve ice cream in a big cup. Yum.
I'm so glad that God allows me to remember Pap not with the Alzheimer's but before it struck him. God helped me to sing at Pap's funeral. I had always known I needed to sing Another Soldier's Coming Home because it fit him so well. If you've never heard this song, check it out here sung by Janet Pascal, who also wrote the song. Another Soldier's Coming Home
Thanks for your Godly legacy, Pap! I'll see you there, in heaven. No Alzheimer's. Just my Ol' Pap.