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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Author’s Note:
'Christmas in July', which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide in Australia. July is generally the coldest month of winter, so celebrations emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter. So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces and bonfires. Don’t be alarmed folks! – Just for the record, here in Oz we have a second helping and do celebrate Christmas on 25th December with the rest of the world.

If you've experienced people with Dementia you will know how this condition blanks out recent memories and events.
Sadly we had to watch a vibrant woman like my Mother-In-Law go through this condition in the last five years before she passed away. The medications for dementia that were administered had no effect. (See footnote) 

Christmas in July I lie here waiting, but I know it's in vain The family’s not coming so a smile I feign ‘Rise and shine’, says the nurse, ‘it’s a lovely morn’ My dear I’ve been up, since the crack of dawn I'll rise if I must, but SHINE I don't do It'll take all my strength to just go to the Loo ! It's Christmas in July, I hear her say Now that’s plain silly, but let's have it her way Christmas is in December, now that’s a fact I’ve got dementia, but I’m not cracked Don’t ask for dates’ Cause I don’t know when Perhaps best ask those Three Wise Men! I remember that time of Peace and Joy A Special Birth of a Baby Boy Pine trees decked with lights and holly Cheery little Santa’s, so happy and jolly Tinsel and Baubles, oh what a sight Now Christmas in December, seems so right! Children, grandkids, and great grandkids too A Crib to put up, still heaps to do All eager to help, so happy to be here Loved ones of mine who I hold so dear! A cake to bake, a turkey to stuff ‘Sit down’, they tell me ‘you’ve done enough’ It’s a time for relaxing, family and good cheer Sit and relax and let’s have a beer Or a wine if you like, but just rest a while Take a load of your feet, and give us a smile! So much love around me, so much to give A Joyous Season a reason to live Christmas in July, now that’s a laugh I’ve got dementia, but I’m not daft! Because you see my dears, Christmas will always be Spent at Home with my family around me My memories will always be mine to keep A time to recall when I lay down to sleep!
Footnote: Sadder still, too late, the natural cure of which we have now have importing rights to in our Company has been in existence for thousands of years and has been resisted by world bureaucracies for years. Hopefully this will alleviate the suffering of many patients and the strain on the loved ones.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 6/18/2017 12:23:00 PM
I have been in close contact with people suffering from this condition, Maria. In his last months my dad became like a helpless child, but we would sit and talk for ages about his youth of which he had clear memories. Your poem raises awareness through personal experience...expressed through warm and loving words. Regards // paul
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Date: 4/8/2017 2:49:00 PM
I am captured by the images so skillfully developed by the author and the passion of the words move me. You paint a picture with words that bring your experiences alive in the reader's mind, and we get to feel both your joy and your pain in these reflective memories. Emile. #7
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Date: 5/2/2017 10:23:00 PM
So sorry I missed your excellent review. We were In Hawaii at the time and only came back later - your comments and rating is much appreciated
Date: 3/26/2017 5:07:00 AM
Oh My Goodness Maria. Hello. I didn't know what I would be reading when I turned to this entry. Please allow me to let your words stand. There is nothing I could add. You have written with love dignity and grace. I have worked with people who suffer this illness and have had family members with it also. There are no words for this illness. It takes away everything. Bless the person and bless their family looking on in pain. Thank you for sharing. Well done in its entirety. Honestly
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Date: 3/26/2017 9:22:00 PM
Thank you so much Lisa, I will convey your heartfelt and loving message to my husband and his family. I did try to put a bit of humour into it, because at the time that is what she scoffed at Christmas in July?? Are you mad?? Yet this same lady made a big thing of it every July. We found that the last thing that she held on till the end was music, and the songs she sang. It gave her comfort and took away the anxiousness for a little while.
Date: 3/25/2017 8:51:00 AM
Got a huge lump in my throat reading your poem as my mum has memory issues - would love to know what your natural cure is if it could prevent or halt dementia that would be awesome:-( hugs Jan xx
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Date: 3/26/2017 9:31:00 AM
Dear Jan, thank your for your appreciation. We know what it's like - Ron and I have replied to your question on two emails - so please check your soup mail. Feel free to email us on our Company address which we've given - Thanks for asking - We've seen miracles with it. xx
Date: 3/24/2017 7:56:00 AM
Excellent. Sad of losing someone. Well expressed poem. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 3/25/2017 3:34:00 AM
Thanks so much Ravi, for the visit and lovely comment
Date: 3/24/2017 7:03:00 AM
This poem reads like it wants to be happy but the underlying theme is so sad. Can we stull feel lonely when we have these memories of holidays and family. I wish I could come up with something more profound to write about your poem but the more I allow it to sink in, the more the loneliness touches me. Fortunately I have not had to deal with anyone who suffered from this disease but I can imagine how it must feel to do so. Nicely expressed Maria.
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Date: 3/24/2017 7:34:00 AM
Thanks for empathizing with us Chris. May you never need to face it. In my footnote I said - there is a natural cure for this condition and many other conditions - Not pharmaceutical drugs - Too late we now have the rights to import and distribute it in Australia. We know through various ways she manifests that she is with us - This happens in every country in our vast travels - some may think it's superstition but 'they are things that were only our secret'. We know she approves and perhaps she inspired the poem. We are happy in knowing her suffering is over!
Date: 3/24/2017 3:08:00 AM
My wife suffered from a very weak heart and had about 50% dementia. I took care of her for more than three years. I thank God that we she died, she could still remember me well.
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Date: 3/24/2017 5:42:00 AM
I can empathize with you Victor. That's lovely that she remembered you. She will be looking on you from above and be very proud of your achievements. Luckily too that my Ma-in- law had her moments when she remembered too - Blessings
Date: 3/22/2017 8:14:00 PM
Maria, quite a sensible approach! : ) On dementia - that is such a hard thing. Such a sad losing of someone.
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Date: 3/24/2017 12:51:00 AM
Seeing a woman that I really admired and loved, go downhill like that was so hard, and I was only the dughter-in-law, absolutely devastating for her children. Thanks for the visits and support Doug- I really appreciate it.
Date: 3/22/2017 5:27:00 PM
Yes, it does seem strange Christmas in July, but for us here in the land of Oz it gives us a chance to experience a cold Christmas. My husband loved it as it was a special day of celebration in his local club! Your mother-in-law sounds like a wonderful lady and you were privileged to have her in your life. Well written poem.
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Date: 3/24/2017 12:47:00 AM
Thanks Cecilia for the kind words and visits, i really appreciate your support and wisdom.
Date: 3/22/2017 9:00:00 AM
If love is the reason you celebrate Christmas in July, then I am for it for any date is fine for it! The first time I heard of it appeared to me strange but as my relatives from Down Under have explained is something quite normal and I agree! Wonderful writing dear Maria and very informative! Merry Christmas!
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Date: 3/24/2017 12:46:00 AM
The best of both worlds Demetrios ,dear friend. I couldn't bear the thought of baking a turkey on a hot day.Sea food, salads and ham, seem to be the favored foods Thanks for the visits and warm words, i really appreciate it.
Date: 3/22/2017 8:49:00 AM
The foot note was sad but I thought the poem had really nice rhythm and it was very uplifting!! Well done Maria.
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Date: 3/24/2017 12:41:00 AM
Thanks OP, for the visits and lovely comments.
Date: 3/22/2017 8:39:00 AM
My Father-In-Law had dementia for a few years before passing away. I can relate to your notes and your poetry. Very well penned, Maria. By the way, I do vividly remember the hot Christmas Days in Australia.
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Date: 3/24/2017 12:40:00 AM
A lot of Australians spend Christmas on the beach Teppo, but personally I think a cold Christmas day would be unreal. Thanks for the support, i really appreciate it.
Date: 3/22/2017 8:32:00 AM
- I have worked as a nurse for many years, I read your beautiful poems with some sadness Maria - a marvel poems - July is the warmest month in Norway ... even then it is not very hot - (Norway is never particularly hot) - We often have "green Christmas" in December :) - a 7 for your poem - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 3/24/2017 12:37:00 AM
How fortunate for the people that you care for Anne-Lise, you would be a wonderful caring nurse, I just know it. I would love to visit Norway one day, sounds beautiful.Thanks kindly for the visits and comments -Hugs back// Maria.