A tribute so powerful, so filled with love, heart and memories that you will read it over and over again and each time remember and experience the love that Irene Brodsky put into this special book titled Dear Neale. Neale is her life and will always be her whole world and as you take the journey from the day they met and instantly knew that they were truly meant to be as one forever, you too will learn the rare and true meaning of love at first sight.
Forty –one years old and filled with hope that she would finally meet her perfect match. One of my favorite vacation spots was where Irene and Neale met, the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha, New York. Almost like a scene from the Dating Game, the Maître in the dining room of the hotel introduced them and there he was coming face to face with beautiful Irene with his magnificent blue eyes.
How do you know that someone is right for you? Irene knew and made sure that he had a seat next to her the following morning at breakfast. Spending days together, talking, getting to know each other’s interests made them both realize how perfect they were for each other. Written directly to Neale reminding him of their precious beginning and hoping that he will remember some of the special times, Irene writes this heartwarming letter to Neale who has now lost much of his memory to the dreaded disease that has taken so many great minds, Alzheimer’s.
In the second chapter she describes something so much fun, Hotel Hopping and going to another one of my favorite places, Kutcher’s. Her favorite part of this is hoping he will remember the mountains and their world of riding around the mountains and appreciating the beauty that surrounded them.
When Irene’s father became ill and passed away Neale was right there to help her and her mother move and with the arrangements that needed to be made. But, her mother surprises her with a man named Manny who would become a great part of her life and loving his mother Lily who had the same name as hers. The pictures on pages 12-21 tell the story in such a way that we all take part in her wedding ceremony, meet his family and enjoy the journey from the past. The engagement and the wedding where he buys her a special ring from Kay Jewelry, I hope, Neale that you will remember how special that was to Irene and how lucky you were to find happiness with this special lady. Her family was thrilled and she will forever love you for taking her on a romantic honeymoon. Reminding you of Blue Paradise and the name you used to call nicknames you called her. You even encouraged her to get her first college degree and then go on to further education.
Neale: she reminds us of how kind you are and still are. She wants you to remember the fun you had in your practically falling apart Camry and coming down to breakfast after you met at the Concord and protecting the seat next to her.
Do you remember your friends, Marine Park and so many wonderful memories that Irene has written in this special letter to you hoping that somehow it will trigger your memory and you will smile giving her a hint that you are still here even for just a special second or minute in time.
Unfortunately, life is now doctors, hope for a miracle, dedications she talks about, new things that we hope will come out and maybe even a vaccine or cure!
Neale: Irene is a talent woman who sings, plays the piano and as she states: I am in the world of books. Let’s hope her fund of knowledge and her will to share her thoughts about you, music, poems and other areas will be around for a very long time. 29 years together and hopefully many more. Read the poem especially for you: The Love of My Life.
Irene includes a special Foreword titled We Have All the Memories gone and included pictures of both of you when you were younger: PRICELESS!
Notes to the reader, experiences shared by others, a special forward explaining why she wrote this book and the progression of his decline. Remember: There is no cure for this illness. If you decide to place someone in a nursing facility check it out, do you research and make sure you are there everyday to check on your loved one. Irene Brodsky: This memoir will stay on my special shelf of special books now and forever in an honored place. I hope that you will continue to write and your voice will be heard for many more years. Dear Neale: Someday Alzheimer’s will lose and our minds will be safe from it and win the battle.
An explosive, emotionally charged memoir that I will cherish always told in Irene’s perfect way.
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