Opinion

Monday 24 July 2017

This Woman's Life: 'When melancholy really wants to track you down, it doesn't need your Eircode'

Rita Ann Higgins. Picture By David Conachy
Rita Ann Higgins. Picture By David Conachy

Rita Ann Higgins

I went to visit my sister today. She is 64 and she has vascular dementia. She knew me and was happy to see me. She is in respite care for a couple of weeks.

I brought her 20 John Player Blue. We borrowed a lighter from an ancillary worker who was adamant that when I return it I put it into her hand. My sister Mary said they were not allowed lighters in case we burn the place down.

"We forget things, that's why we're here," she said. "I'm here three weeks now."

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