‘A Nameless Love ‘ By Anders R. Fairchild

A memory I have of a conversation with my aging grandfather who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Within the memory, he struggles to share a childhood story with me, battling his own mind to remember the details. I struggle with feelings of loss and depression at seeing the man I’ve loved and looked up to my entire life fall to this level. The experience peeks when he tells me he loves me when I go to leave, but he cannot remember my name. Later, I ponder and reflect on the experience and am overwhelmed with the emotions it gives me. Only after a little introspection am I able to overcome these feelings, realizing that while my grandfather doesn’t remember everything, he does remember what matters.

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