Over at Writing Journal, Bethany House posts writing prompts from time to time. All of them--some words, some pictures--are very good and should spark a writer's imagination. Yesterday, she decided to pull the first line from page 73 of the book closest to her. The book? The Everything Health Guide to Arthritis. The quote? "Most people don't comply with what they don't understand."
Well holy cats! The reason why my parents aren't complying? They just don't understand Alzheimer's and what it's all about. It's a plausible theory, isn't it? And we as humans tend to shy away, dare I say fear, that which we don't understand, right?
You don't have to say it. I know I'm right. The question is, how to help them get past that fear, how to help them understand so that they can comply. When I feel like delving back into their lives, I at least (sort of) know where to start.
(By the way, Bethany posts a lot of good stuff, so feel free to check her out. She didn't ask me to send you her way. She also didn't pay me to say anything nice about her. I just felt like I wanted to. And in case you wanted to know, I have never met her in person. But I think we'd get along just fine, if we ever do cross paths.)