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  1. Katht Williams
    May 17, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Hi friend, I do not think you are crisp drag, not at all! I love the fact that you are brave enough to tell your story while you still can. This insight is going to help countness folks. Have a fun day, I am, going to Willa’s talent show, then later we are taking Elliot to a college baseball game, go Creighton Jays!

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    • Gerda Saunders
      May 17, 2016 @ 11:19 am

      Thanks so much for your support once again, Kathy. Have fun at Willa’s talent show–what is her talent? Have fun at the baseball game with Elliot. All 3 my grandkids are sleeping over on Friday night. (Peter and I will have naps the next day!)

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  2. Kathy Williams
    May 17, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    Willas talent is a Katy Perry song with 2 more little friends(she is in kindergarten), they have been practicing for weeks, got new matching outfits and they are going to color their hair, should be a hoot! Get your rest before your little loves arrive?

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    • Gerda Saunders
      May 17, 2016 @ 11:42 am

      Do post photos! A video will be even better.

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  3. Mary
    May 17, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

    Dearest Gerda,
    I believe the angst you express about your participation in this event may originate in the musings between your heart and mind; your empathy, compassion and concern for others being one of the hallmarks of you.

    In reading your blog today I wondered if we don’t all ‘crip drag’ at various times in our lives. Especially those moments when we feel “hard done by” or a bit sorry for ourselves, like when our human machinery has gone awry (whether temporarily or permanently). Part of our human condition, I’m thinking.

    I believe it is one of our higher levels of function to be able to recognize the crip drag (or other Eeyore-like behaviors) in ourselves, pull ourselves up by our boot straps and move along. The key, though is in the recognition, which can only come from the musings between heart and mind.

    I hope that the conclusion you have reached is that no, of course you’re not a crip drag. Every one of us is affected by dementia in one way or another and the insight and understanding you are bringing to the table is immeasurable.

    Good luck, break-a-leg and have a great time! Love you every day.
    Mary

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    • Gerda Saunders
      May 17, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

      Dearest Mary, your thoughtful comment has settled like a soft blanket around my hear. So wonderful to hear such perceptive words from someone who knows me better than many. Hope you are still having a wonderful time and looking forward to our get-together when you get back. Love.

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  4. jafabrit
    May 18, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

    I have never heard that term, “crip drag” before, so I have learned something new today. Such a thought provoking post but I don’t think you’re “crip dragging”because you face limitations that have affected your life and will continue to do so.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      May 19, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

      When I was studying literary theory in grad school, I heard many words and concepts of which i wasn’t aware. My most memorable moment was when my husband Peter went with me to a public lecture and afterwards said, “That’s the first time I heard the word clitoris in public.” Thanks for your reassurance on my crip dragging!

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