When I visited their home in this winter vacation, a husband met me at the entrance. He was a surgeon who was 79 years old and said “Welcome! Please come in. Miwa, before you meet my wife, I have to tell you a thing. Actually, for my wife, she gets mild senile dementia. So she may ask same things repeatedly, but don’t be surprised. She is in good mood usually and forgets many things easily, so it is not a big problem.” I did not understand what symptoms of the senile dementia were.
She is a wonderful and open-minded lady. Her hobby is cooking, so many people including me looked forward to having dinner in their home and talking with them. When we started having dinner, she asked me same questions as her husband mentioned. “How long will you be in Tokyo ? ” When she asked me this question three times, the husband said “Miwa already said three more weeks.” He looked like irritated a bit. He knew that it is part of the symptom and there was no treatment for her any more.
We talked a lot for seven hours. I expected to be in their home for a few hours, but we could not stop chatting. In particularly, they had got ready for two kinds of snacks and dinner for me and I liked listening their life histories of about 80 years. During our chatting, she suddenly said “I am sorry I am too old. I cannot handle cooking well like before.” She looked very sad. Her husband and I were surprised at her comment, even more, we were upset in a moment. Then, her husband said quietly “Don’t worry. We are a one person as a couple. ”
It was the one of the beautiful words which I have heard during this winter holiday in Japan. I won’t forget his word and his love for his wife forever.
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I have a picture which two people are smiling on the wall. I like the picture very much, because I can feel that they love each other, even though they have been in married life for over 50 years. When I lost interest to having a life partner, they became my model of life. When I visited their ho