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29 April 2015

Zenosyne. #atozchallenge Care for the carers.

Two days after her 73rd birthday my Mum took her final breath. She had Alzheimers and Motor neurone disease. For her final 3 months I was her main carer. A privilege I am grateful for and will cherish forever. This years #atozchallenge theme will focus on being a carer / care-giver.

Remember to care for the carers.  


Zenosyne: A sense that time keeps going faster.
Etymology: From Greek, Zeno is derived from Zeno's Paradox, which asks how a person can walk from one point to another if they must first carry out a series of ever-shrinking steps, + Mnemosyne, the personification of memory in Ancient Greek mythology. How can we live our lives while each passing year feels shorter than the year before? 

 It's a made up word by John Koenig over at Dictionary of obscure sorrows here's the Facebook page. 

I found him when the article "23 Perfect Words For Emotions You Never Realised Anyone Else Felt," appeared in my Facebook newsfeed yesterday.

The best example I have for zenosyne is that the 2015 A to Z challenge seemed to fly by much faster than my first two. 

I can remember them both in a blink of an eye, this year's theme about my Mum will be with me for a while.

Soon my time with her will feel like a fleeting moment.  

At times when everything was an effort she would often say 'It's terrible to get old." I'd always reply 'There's only one thing worse... and that's if you'd never got old at all." 


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  1. Interesting posts Ida. I have enjoyed your theme and congratulations on completing the Challenge this year.

  2. I think that's the first time I've heard the word, but I am familiar with the concept. Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

  3. Hi human, Ida,

    Glad the alphabet thing seemed to go faster for you this time. It Zipped along. Now all you need to do is eleven months of reflection posts about the alphabet abyss. Before you know it, it will be April Fool's Day, 2016!

    Seriously, well done on finishing the darned thing.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

  4. Thank you for sharing the stories of your mum here, Ida. Yes, the years, the days go by faster and faster. Life is short. In the decade I cared for my mother and attended to all her senior citizen requirements, I got old and became a senior citizen -- much to my astonishment.

    Congratulations on making it through the A-Zs. I am glad to have become acquainted with you.

    Samantha Mozart

  5. Hi Ida - well done .. Zenosyne .. we are all experiencing this .. but I like the phrase life is short, life is long --- but not in that order ... So sad to think that 'my life with her will be like a fleeting moment' ... so true ...

    Congratulations on doing the A-Z and for remembering your mother and her journey with us ... and being able to move country and back home in the middle - take care and enjoy the Danish life now ... Hilary

  6. I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my Mom a few years ago and it's certainly not easy. I lost my best friend to Alzheimer's. Such a hard disease. She was quite young when finally diagnosed...early 50's. I'm glad you got to spend time with your Mother. I wrote alphabetical posts about my mother, not part of A-Z, was before I knew about it. I found writing to be very cathartic. I tried to write about better times, fun stories and memories, though I did get hung on a few letters, never quite finished; but writing off and on about her, helped my grieving process.

    Sorry our paths didn't cross this year in the challenge as it did last year. I used a different blog in the challenge this year, and am in fact shutting down the other one, never used it much after the challenge. In the process am re-visiting everyone I had on the blog log to check in, so many other blogs are also gone. Leaving you the link to the blog I used this year. Take Care and keep your Mom close in your heart.

    Sandy at Bridge and Beyond