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  • Maja was 84 when I met her. The dementia had taken many things from her. Time and fate had taken what was most important: a husband and a son.

    Somehow Maja still managed to smile a lot.

    She used to spend her mornings watching a pair of ducks swim in the pool. “Look how sweet! They are married. The man has a bad leg but his wife doesn’t care at all.”

    Maja was forced to follow family orders and not allow the ducks to swim in her pool anymore. It was necessary and it was not intended to be cruel. In my role as caregiver and fun killer, I bought two small beach balls. The pool guy said these balls would keep the ducks away. They did.

    Then, Maya spent her mornings watching the two beach balls play in the water. They danced across the surface of the pool if there was a bit of wind. The current brought them together and pulled them apart. Sometimes they were caught in the same current and followed each other.

    “Look! Look! They are sisters. The big one is strong and tries to get away from the little one. But the little one won’t have it! How sweet! Look! They are kissing. Look! The big sister is swimming away. Ah, they are quarreling today. So sweet. Look! They are back together. And now they are dancing!”

    Maja found magic and connection and love everywhere she looked.
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