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An Unexpected Gift from a Country Song about Alzheimers

Tomorrow She Won’t Remember What She Did Today, but Just Ask Her about Ellsworth Kansas 1948 – Ellsworth, by Rascal Flatts

A song deserving of special attention, it’s also featured in Songs about Grandparents. Playing in the background right now, the lyrics and story about Grandma and Ellsworth Kansas 1948 give the listener a perspective of what matters most in life; all of those special moments we’ve built over a lifetime, and the love we’ve kept inside.

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Tears flow, but they’re not for the disease this time, they’re for the delight Grandma feels when they bring up Grandpa, and for all the memories she begins to live over again. Although the subject of Alzheimer’s is acutely difficult, this song reminds us about the joy of a full life lived with love.

(Lyrics) A front porch light and a blue Desota,
Couple a straws and a coca cola:
You can see it all goin’ down.
A handsome boy in army green
A tear on his face- down on a knee,
Shaky voice- a diamond ring should put you in that town.
Tomorrow she won’t remember what she did today,
But just ask her about Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

We’ve had friends of the family afflicted with Alzheimer’s, and it’s been difficult for them. However, when you listen to ‘Ellsworth’ by Rascal Flatts, your heart is carried back to the pure bliss of what makes life worth living. We’re all given an unexpected gift when Grandma shows us the movie of her  life at 17, ‘on that front porch glider, saying goodnight for the next 3 hours, her tired eyes glow wild and bright, when she talks about that town’ (lyrics).

We Started Losing Her When She Lost Him (Lyrics) – A Country Song About Alzheimers

This particular lyric hits hard, especially if you’ve lost a parent. Bearing witness to mom or dad having to go on without their significant other isn’t easy, and there’s no doubt you worry about their health and their feelings of loneliness. We lost dad last year (2013) and although my mother keeps her feelings close to her chest, she did say that losing a spouse of over 50 years feels like half of your body has been taken away; there’s a place  left that can never be filled again. So for all of us left with one parent, these words are real.

The Feelings We Hold Deep Inside Are What Live On

The lyrics and story sung by Rascal Flatts remind us of a message also given in a famous quote by Maya Angelou, “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel”. As grandma is taken back to her youth, it’s how grandpa made her feel that brings her there.  Her touching reflections of life, even with the all-consuming disease of Alzheimer’s, and despite the darkness that sometimes overtakes her mind, are what find their way to the surface. Love peeks through and lives on no matter what the human body endures. Our soul is the keeper of our life.

You’ll Find Ellsworth by Rascal Flatts on their 2006 Album Me and My Gang

Fans of Rascal Flatts already know where they can find this song, but if this is your first introduction, you can find it on their 2006 album ‘Me and My Gang’. This number 1 album features numerous hit songs that you may be familiar with; My Wish, What Hurts the Most, Stand, and Me and My Gang. Below you’ll find the album as well as the download for Ellsworth. You can follow Rascal Flatts on Facebook, Twitter and via their Website.

Information about Alzheimer’s

Of course you’ll find numerous places online about this debilitating disease. Another valuable resource to add to the list is Merry Citarella’s site AlzheimersHQ. Merry has spent years writing valuable, heartfelt information on this topic and has recently centralized her work here.  I’m confident you’ll find her insight and tips thoughtful and useful: Merry is as kind as her writing.

‘Another moving song and story about Alzheimer’s – Forever Changed by Carrie Underwood

If you haven’t already listened to the song, take a minute to enjoy the hidden beauty of it. You won’t be disappointed, it’s precious.

 Ellsworth Me & My Gang

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  1. Barbara what a wonderful tribute to a touching and beautiful song. I have tears in my eyes from fond memories the song brings to my mind. It made me think too, what a little blessing it is to those suffering with the disease, that they can enjoy memories of some of the happiest times of their lives. Thanks for writing this and for including my website. You are a dear. Posting and pinning it, of course.

  2. Merry you are a champion for the cause, and it was my pleasure to include your website. The song has been playing all day here, as is often the case when I’m reviewing music, and I understand those tears. <3

  3. Cynthia says:

    My beloved grandmother had Alzheimers. This is a very hard song for me to listen to because it is so very true. When my grandmother started showing the tell tell signs of Alzheimers, one of the first events was when she just drove and ended up in a nearby state and had no idea how she got there. She also had a kitchen fire incident. It was always so strange to us that she had memory of early events in her life, but often didn’t know us. It is a horrible disease for everyone involved.

  4. Cynthia, I’m so sorry your family had to go through this. My own personal feeling, and the feeling of many others I’m sure, is that is probably one of the worst afflictions to have or witness someone going through. To have our memories of those we love erased is unfathomable and the worst pain ever. This is the one disease that I pray my immediate family never have to go through. So hard. Beyond words. The friend of the family who went through was hard for us. Just to hear how someone so incredibly sharp could slip away and be lost for over 10 years before she passed was brutal. My heart feels your pain on this one for sure.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, I agree, I’ve played it over and over 🙂

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