And then something happened.
Ma is a dynamic Welsh lady who comes in at just under 5 feet, who loves music and singing, who lives with hearing loss (which is apparently the result of her factory-working years, back before they knew the value of ear muffs) and has recently
been diagnosed with the early signs of dementia.
What has surprised me most about dementia, even at this early stage, is the increase in anxiety that small changes and challenges can bring. International travel will be challenging for Ma. I can make it less so.
But even as I say yes to the trip, seeing its emotional, spiritual and research benefits, I wonder how I am actually going to afford this when I've taken most of the year off from regular work to write my novel? I've got a little bit in savings but it isn't enough.
Then I hit upon an idea - it's time for a book cull.
|Books on Theatre|
Still, if there's a book you're searching for, check out my FB page. I might just have it.
My arts education and employment means I've got theatre scripts, poetry & literature; biography & non fiction too.
Despite the dementia, Ma is still very independent. But there are noticeable changes in her memory and thinking: she has difficulty remembering appointments, names, words; and some people she once recognised have become unfamiliar to her. Hearing loss also makes communication difficult (as does the Welsh accent, but that’s another story). If you buy a pre-loved book, what you're actually doing is helping make Ma's journey safer and easier. It sounds corny I know, but it's true. Not to mention the obvious: you'll have a fabulous new pre-loved book.
Whether you’re keen to browse, pick up a book bargain, have a chat, have a slice of cake (did I mention there will be home-made cake?), or simply marvel at how low the planes fly over our garden, you will be most welcome at Book Booth.
Everything is under $10.
p.s. The planes are truly spectacular but you might need those ear muffs