my mema and papa both have alzheimer's.
papa turned just turned 73.
when we lit the candles on the cake to sing
they didn't know who was supposed to blow them out.
and mema wouldn't stop asking about our home movies the whole time
and while i watched the 8 year old me run around on the screen
i caught the saddest longing in her eyes
that i couldn't stop thinking about for days.