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My daughter has always told my mother that we will never know if mom gets Alzheimer’s because, well, she’s a bit spacy. Today we went shopping.

We are standing in front of the Campbell Soup display. Marsh’s has a display of JUST Campbell’s soup. We were standing, looking at it.

Mom: “I can’t find it.”
Me: “What kind do you want.”

Mom: “Soup.”

Me: Pause to ponder and then I say, “Okay, I figured that, but what kind do you want?”

Mom: “Campbell’s”

Me: Longer pause to ponder, then I say, “I kind of figured that. They are all Campbell’s, but what kind do you want, like tomato or mushroom or?????”

She doesn’t giggle. She doesn’t laugh. At that point she says, “Cream of Mushroom” like nothing just happened.

MOVE TO THE canned vegetable aisle.

She is staring at the cans with the tomato on them. They are all canned tomatoes. All kinds of tomatoes. They all have a red tomato on the label. A bright red tomato on the can.

Mom is staring at the bright red tomatoes on the can and she says, “Why don’t they have the sliced potatoes? All they have are the whole ones.”

Honest, we will never know if she gets Alzheimers.

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