The Curious Case of Plants in the Nighttime

Sometimes Babu says something that makes me angry.  It’s not anger at her, it’s anger with myself.  It’s anger when I should have been there to help her and I wasn’t. This morning Babu wakes up, goes to the bathroom, comes out with a cheerful “dzien dobry!” and I get breakfast started as usual.  Then…

You Must Wait (reblogged)

The end of the month of the A to Z Challenge gets a little tougher.  I don’t think it has anything to do with stamina, just letters which are a little more difficult to come up wih something for.  I was search old posts for something else today and I decided i would reblog this…

X: Things I do not do

The things I do not do:  (Cross them out with an X!) I do not leave things on the floor. I try not to remind her that she has moved past the years when she can pick up things from the floor herself.  How demoralizing that must feel. I do not let her in on…

Why I do this

“Lest you forget.”  That is what Nat writes on her senior photo that she gives to Babu.  Unfortunately, this process doesn’t bring back too many memories for Babu.  Mostly what comes up when we read or look at photos are the same stories.  And even those she is starting to loose or they are starting…

Ghosts

I’ve spoken before about the ghosts in these pages.  About how the majority of the people, major roles and walk on parts a like, are no longer here.  This is the vertigo of looking into the past and getting to know those there.  It’s difficult to say but the Babu of those pages is a…

Advice to Partner Caretakers

Yesterday we had a difficult time with Babu.  For a while now, she just hasn’t been quite herself.  No eminent danger, she’s in no pain, and she will be 99 on the 11th, so we must take that into account when we see that she is sleeping most of the day and having low appetite…

How Am I Doing?

Well!  It’s the end of January and I have been posting every day!  (I’ve also been doing about 25 hours a week at Whole Foods, my day job, taking care of my gram, working on other writing projects, barely…)  I haven’t been getting much exercise, eating much healthy food, or doing much relaxing.  I’m a…

A Post a Day for a Whole Year?!?!?! What am I thinking?

Hello!  I’m writing this post on Jan 4th although it will be published on Saturday. It’s no secret that I schedule posts so that I can get a few days ahead.  This is what this post is about.  My decision to post every day this year. The problem is how good I am feeling. I…

TM Anniversary!

This month I received a notification from WordPress that it is my one year Anniversary with Transcribing Memory.  In that time I have transcribed almost three years of Babu’s young life.  She has graduated from high school and has begun her second year in college.  She has had ups and downs with her parents but…

Summer, 1936

Boys, boys, boys. Let’s begin with Caveman.  They have been getting along well for a while now even though Babu doesn’t see the way she can sure mix up a signal.  She plainly tells Caveman that he should take her to the prom if he could learn how to dance.  Well that explodes in her…

Babu’s Journal: June 1936

Summer is coming.  In these pages, anyway.  Extended school year due to the March floods but, Summer is coming.  Scorching hot days, swimming, tennis, lazy days once school finally dismisses.  It’s strange to be at this point in 1936 as magical fluffy white flakes are pouring down outside my window and Christmas Carols are piped…

A Few Laughs and One Half of a Spoiler: Sharing Passages with Babu

When I share passages with Babu, she reacts to the funniest things and goes right by the things I think are interesting.  She said she remembered the March 1936 flood but I believe it was barely and had little interest in talking about it or her picture taking antics.  She did, however, ask about her…