Waiting for the sun
Can you feel it
Now that spring has come
That it’s time to live in the scattered sun
– Jim Morrison
Apologies to the Doors, but it IS time to live in the “scattered sun”!
What a March it has been! Days of strong winds were intense enough to bring down power lines, and, in our back yard, to rip a tree out of the ground by its roots.
Weeks of frigid temperatures, followed by a wallop of an early spring snowstorm have left us chilled to the bone and pining for the sun. The dreary, unsettled March weather is apparently due to a polar vortex split, and the bad news is that the forecast calls for a cooler than average spring.
How I long to put away the heavy boots, the thick scarves, gloves, and coats, and don light weight dresses in pastel shades of pink and blue. How I want to again wear sandals and flip flops, capris and straw hats and sunglasses. I dream of walking past rows of red tulips, purple hyacinths and yellow daffodils nodding in the warm sunshine, to traverse lush green lawns and hike over rolling hills. I envision miles of sandy beaches and cushiony chaise lounges positioned on decks and porches, golden rays warming winter weary souls.
The winter has brought personal sadness, the deaths of friends’ husbands and parents, and another kind of death, the mental illness of a dear colleague. Like a thief it came, robbing memory and personality. This is the scourge of dementia: a group of conditions characterized by impairment of brain function.
Dementia affects not only the victim, but family and friends as well. At least nine different types of dementia have been identified, but none are reversible and all worsen over time.
Is there hope of finding a cure for dementia? Two new drugs that are showing promise, Solenezumab and Liraglutide, are currently undergoing clinical trials. With a total number of affected individuals predicted to increase to 13 million in the US by 2050, the quest for a cure is real and imminent.
Yes, we are waiting for the sun- for peace, for health, for comfort. After the winter is over, spring will come, and with it, the warmth we long for.
Someday, I trust there will be a bright and golden sphere where we and our beloved friends and family will enjoy the sun eternally.