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National Trust. I even included my old work phone number, just for fun. Try calling it and see what happens. This is the biggest stumbling block for memoir fabulists. If you lie about friends or former romantic partners, they will take to social media to shame you. And if you lie about public figures, the risks are even greater. Instead, I kept all interactions with police agencies vague, encounters with other members of the media anonymous except for one fictitious character, who bears no resemblance to any person , and all family members and friends unnamed.
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Your best bet is to write about yourself. Pick your theme Memoirs are different from autobiography. It can be a whopper — but it must be believable. Later in life, after they separated, she became a spiritual seeker. She made two pilgrimages to his ashram, staying several weeks each time, sleeping on a thin mattress on a concrete floor. In , when she was 80, my mother agreed to leave her home on the Maine coast and live with my wife and me in Portland, Ore.
She was frail, slowed to a stooped-back shuffle.
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Her memory was failing. She was frequently disoriented and confused. She lived her last four years with us, and it was to understand those years, their burdens and their blessings, that I wrote Looking After. The story that follows is composed of five excerpts from the book.
I never looked forward to helping my mother with her shower. She wasn't in me shrank from it. To be with her in her nakedness seemed too intimate for a grown son. And some other part of me, the child who wants always to be cared for and never burdened with responsibility, felt put upon and put out. Why was I having to do this?
It seemed an indignity, and it touched an open wound. I had no child to bathe, to make faces at, to splash and laugh with. Most likely I never would.
What I had was a frail and failing old woman who couldn't take a shower on her own. Talking her into it was the first challenge. It wasn't only bad memory and lapsing judgment that made her resist, of course. It was also that the shower was strenuous for her, and she didn't want to acknowledge, or couldn't, that she needed help with anything so simple.
In her own mind, the mind I believe she inhabited most of the time, she was perfectly capable of taking a shower by herself if she wanted to. In this mind, she was still the woman she had been five years ago, a woman who came and went and drove a car, a woman who lived on her own on the coast of Maine and was only temporarily exiled in a distant place. This woman was honestly perplexed when we bought her a cane and asked her, over and over again, to use it. What need had Zilla Daniel for a cane? Somewhere inside her she was not only an able-bodied woman but still a Sea Scout, climbing the rigging in a bright clear wind.
But in her present mind she knew, whenever she leaned far forward in a chair and tried to stiff-arm herself to her feet, whenever she steadied herself with a hand on the wall as she shuffled to the bathroom, just how incapable she had become. She knew, and she hated it.