Fading Away

The words ‘fading away’ always leave behind a sad feeling. Whenever
I come across them I am reminded of Gollum in Lord of the Rings.
The Ring made Gollum fade away, physically and mentally. The effects
of something evil. Such a terrible situation when we have no control
whatsoever over ourselves. That must be the case in addictions of any
I wish evil of different sorts would fade away but that is being very
unrealistic. Evil is a part of human life. That is one aspect of life.

But fading away of a different type is when Dementia becomes a part
of our lives. Slowly we cease to have control over ourselves as the
brain cells start dying. The person we have always known changes,
slowly and sometimes rapidly in front of us. And we are helpless,
we can do nothing to stop the process. Maybe we can just slow it
down. It is such an emotional trauma to see our loved ones fading
The question that always haunts us is why this has happened, why
couldn’t it be stopped then why has God allowed it to happen. So
many questions and no answers. In the end we tell ourselves it is
destiny, whatever has been written for us will happen. There is no
running away. Many a time this belief and faith helps us to face
whatever comes our way.
Some time ago, my brother sent me some poems from a book,
‘Bob’s Poems’ by Robert Taylor.

Have you watched someone die,
Ten brain cells at a time
How many brain cells do we have
At any given time?
Just imagine what that might be like-
Ten brain cells at a time.
Have you any idea how long it might take-
Ten brain cells at a time?
Not very long for some of us –
For sure,
Ten brain cells at a time.

Fading away

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


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