Saturday, May 27, 2006

Saturday Morning

This is what my front porch looks like this morning. I am grateful to have a front porch where I can fly the flag, sit in my rocking chair, water my plants, and generally be a sober human being.

Took a walk instead of a run this morning (because I am also planning a bike ride and a swim today). While I was walking, I encountered an elderly gentleman who used to go to a 6:30 a.m. AA meeting in the area. He stopped me to ask me if I am Mexican. hmmm. I have red hair and green eyes... Anyway, we started talking, and I realized that he does not remember me. I am not even sure he remembers himself. He looked disheveled and a little wacky. He was talking wacky too. I didn't ask him if he remembers me. I didn't ask him if he was back on the sauce. Because frankly, I think he may very well be suffering from dementia and not drunkeness. We had a nice, albeit weird, chat. But I walked away and wondered if I should have said "don't you remember me?" "are you OK?" "are you drinking?"

Any thoughts from my wonderful fellow bloggers?

10 comments:

Sober @ Sundown said...

I think you made the right decision to leave well enough alone. If the gentleman is in need of recovery help, then he, or his family will seek the fellowship out. I think by offering a smile, and pleasant conversation you did enough for today.

dAAve said...

It was such a nice experience to run into you this mroning. I was hoping you wouldn't recognize me. Have you seen my new Edsel anywhere? I seem to have misplaced it.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

What a wonderful front porch. What a wonderful place...I want to be there right now sipping my coffee. Do you think your neighbors would mind me being in a pair of men's boxers and a t-shirt? I really am grateful for you blogging.
I see you,
JJ

Mary Christine said...

JJ - If they don't mind me in my boxers and t-shirt, I am sure they won't mind you.

Tracie said...

May I join you ladies on the front porch? Promise to wear a t-shirt and boxers if you'll let me come sit on that beeeutiful front porch! Looks heavenly.

Tough call, but you likely did the right thing. If he was drunk, it probably wouldn't have made a difference. And if it's Alzheimer's or dementia, might have made him feel worse or even more confused.

Have a lovely Memorial Day.

BigSkymAAck said...

I really like the porch, maybe I could join you and JJ in my boxers and T-shirt. Then the neighbors would surely be talking. I think knowing you that you did what you could, if you were to run into him again maybe ask if he remembers you and try to determine if there is a problem with dimentia, and go from there.
FAEA

Mary Christine said...

I want to have a little boxer rebellion party on my front porch! You are all invited.

Sober Chick said...

What a warm and welcoming porch. Thanks for the invite, is there enough room for us all? lol.

It is so hard to determine what the right thing is at that very moment. You handled the encounter gently, and if it is in your path to have another encounter with this person then you will know.

Tab said...

That has got to be one of the loveliest front porches I have ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes on...wow.You are a fortunate lady:)
You deserve all the serenity it gives you too..thanks for sharing~

Da Gal said...

What a wonderful beautiful tranquilizing front porch! I have porch envy!