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Posted by clawfootcurt on Monday, March 3, 2008

I volunteered to work the grill for a missions trip fund-raiser our church was putting on this past Saturday .  It was a rummage sale with the concessions also being sold in the adjacent kitchen.

I knew there would be some downtime during the 8 hour day, so I brought my banjo along to practice if the opportunity came up.  At one point, one of the older ladies from our church was in and didn't seem too happy.   I offered to play a tune for her on the banjo. 

Now, this lady had previously let me know she liked the banjo playing, and had encouraged me as late as January to keep it up.  So I was a little put off balance when it seemed she didn't know what I was talking about, but I thought maybe she's teasing me somehow. 

I played Lynchburg Town, showed the banjo to a 6 year old boy that asked about it, then went back to work.  My wife was there at the time, and after I left, The lady asked my wife, "Did I know Curt played the banjo?"  My wife answered, "yes."  Then she asked "Did I ever hear him play?"  To which she had to answer yes again. 

I've been thinking about this great lady and her new-found age problem that she seems to be dealing with rather well.  Life seems so tenuous at times and the older I get, the more I realize my mortality, often reflected in others.  Will I begin the lose my memory soon, will I forget little details and it will drive me crazy? 

I guess in the end that becomes part of our faith issue.  If we can't trust our savior in the smaller details that come up, we probably never trusted in the big ones either.  Although this was a little disconcerting, once I thought it through, there is comfort there too.  I will pray for this lady and her husband that they can handle this with all the grace that is afforded to them.  And I thank God for what grace he has extended to me and my family.  After all, eternity is only one heartbeat away.

You just never know where the banjo is going to take you next!  I hope it's a happy place.

1 comment on “Forgetfulness”

Unplugged Says:
Monday, March 3, 2008 @5:25:36 PM

In addition to trusting in your savior, you might check with the woman's friends and family (the pastor?) to see if (they are aware that) she might be developing Alzheimer's Disease. Of course, it might already be diagnosed, but some things can be done to ease the affliction if caught early enough. May you and yours continue in good health.

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