Abbey’s Road: The privilege of storytelling

Gerard Ortiz

Her skin was fragile and papery, lined with traces of a century’s worth of worries and laughs. Distinctive treatment had been taken with her white hair that working day, and she donned her pearls for our assembly. She appeared beautiful. Not wonderful like the youthful lady in the black-and-white photograph outdoors her door, the 1 exactly where she’s grasping a toddler’s hand, her hair perfectly coiffed. 

Beautiful in a further way, like a cherished piece of ornate wood furniture that you search at and say, “They really don’t make them like that anymore.”

When I spoke with this female, her granddaughter, a Gen X’er, served as an amplifier and translator, aiding to fill the gaps in stories that are slowly and gradually being dropped to time and dementia. Meanwhile the woman’s 80-calendar year-old daughter sat nearby, encouraging to share the story of her mother’s 100 a long time.

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