Dear Kiss & Zutell,
I just read that the "Reverend" Pat Robertson says it's okay for someone to date others if their spouse is afflicted with Alzheimer's. He further claims it's alright to divorce the Alzheimer's victim. When asked about the vow of "in sickness and in health" he said you get a free pass if you make arrangements for custodial care. When asked about " till death do you part," Robertson says since the disease is a form of living death, spouse is already gone.
What do you think?
Sign me: Afraid to Age
I'm sort of glad you haven't presented me with some moral dilemma - like telling me your husband has Alzheimer's and the guy in the produce department is looking kinda cute. That way I can do something I've long wanted to do, and that's take Pat Robertson to school. On second thought, I'd rather ship him to Singapore for a thorough caning, for littering the airwaves with his heartless, mindless piffle.
My husband cared for his Alzheimer's afflicted mom for over a decade. It was never easy - I know, as I married him about halfway through his mother's long goodbye. There was no fun, no joy and no hope - other than the wish that when her time came, she would pass peacefully and without suffering. And, such was the case. If death can be beautiful, hers was - in the arms of her son and surrounded by loving friends.
At 81, Rev. Pat can't be all that far from the sky pulpit; perhaps he should spend a few moments contemplating his end — styled as he suggests — devoid of family, off-loaded like day-old bread, into the care of strangers.
For the rest of your curriculum, Patty-boi, write this down 100 times: "I must engage my brain before operating my mouth."