We ran into an old friend yesterday at Longs/CVS, Mom and I have know George and Mary for 40 years. The last time we saw them was three years ago at the same place, George drove the car and sat in the car while Mary did the shopping. Yesterday, Mary was there by herself.
They are both 92, been married for 62 years, George was a brilliant meteorology professor and did some of the first work with digital analysis of weather patterns and subsequent computer weather predication, Mary did a lot of volunteer work with churches and distribution of food and clothing to farm laborers. I found out from talking with Mary that the other day George didn't know who Mary was, Mary said that George was totally dependent on her now, he's almost completely deaf, and he's fallen several times with bad effects on his back. Mary didn't know that Mom had fallen also.
The saddest part for me was watching Mom non-react to her long time friend, no expression, nothing.
Vibrant...to Bland and Blank!