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Grandma Lilah is so sweet, but all too aware that she is losing ...
on July 2, 2016
I can't stop thinking about the characters in the story. They are spot-on with how they handle the troublesome moments that dementia causes. Grandma Lilah is so sweet, but all too aware that she is losing her memories. It is probably her last summer at the lake and her family is at the cottage with her. Lily is the new girl in the cottage next door. Her father is a famous photographer who leaves frequently on assignment. Lily craves his attention, which partly explains her obsession with taking pictures of everything. Lily's idea to make a scrapbook with the pictures she took over the summer at the lake with Grandma Lilah, her family, and the loon family will help her remember. Every day just seems so normal, but these are the memories she will need. There is one painful picture, though, showing Grandma Lilah suddenly panicking. She doesn't recognize the teacup she is holding and demands to know whose it is. In that instant, Lily snapped her picture. It shows strong emotion and it is painful for her grandson Nate to see. Lily secretly entered it a contest using Nate's name because her father would be judging the contest. Nate is furious. If the picture wins, he doesn't want his grandmother's condition published in a magazine for everyone to see. Grandma Lilah's reaction, however, is delightful. The best stories evoke strong emotion, and this one certainly does in a realistic, kind way.