Thursday, March 31, 2011

By slow degrees, seizing the present

The body sometimes outlasts the mind. The legs may continue to bear forth, but a simple stroll can become "wandering" and a cause for concern.

We bought a house a year ago after its occupant took to wandering along the roads. We didn't know her, but we've since learned that one day she was found lying beside a guardrail. She was scooped up and eventually admitted into a nursing home. Her daughter, who lives out of town, put the house on the market. That's where we enter the story. ...