The holidays are a great time to haul out book collections of classic comic strips. I was a huge Peanuts fan & Mom loved For Better or For Worse & Family Circus. It would be fun to look over our many books filled with Charlie Brown & Lucy, Elly & John/Michael & Elizabeth & April/Farley & Edgar.
I have no doubt that Mom’s treasured For Better or For Worse collections would have come in handy had she faced dementia. The family story lines, the distinctive characters, the connections she made with the dogs could have been bridges to her own memories.
As we move closer to Thanksgiving & all the special times that follow, thinking about books that were dear to Mom’s heart, how Mim shared her love of Helen MacInnes while I was almost as big a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher, shared loves that might have made for interesting discussions had we needed the hooks of beloved characters to spark conversation.
How many people know their parents’ favorite authors? Their favorite quotes? Hymns? Comic strip characters? Those might seem like fluff, but for people with the challenge of dementia, they can be lifelines to connection.