For this month’s music session at the residential home for adults with dementia, I played and sang Christmas carols and songs. After “We Three Kings”, I talked about how some carols have different words to the official version (“We three kings of orient are, one in a taxi one in a car” etc). Later, Marjorie remembered an alternative version of another carol:
Hark! The herald angels sing,
Mrs Simpson stole our king
Then she said, “But I don’t know what that’s all about!”
It’s a quirk of Majorie’s memory that she knows the words but can’t grasp the meaning. Sometimes I feel like that too, like I’m going through the motions but I’m missing the meaning. Perhaps, for me and as for Marjorie, the key thing is to just keep on singing anyway!