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Qui est sujet à oublier, en particulier les bienfaits reçus : Il est oublieux, mais ce n'est pas méchanceté de sa part. (Larousse.com)
One who is subject to forgetfulness, especially in regards to benefits he or she has received: he is forgetful, but it's not spitefulness.
A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse
The other day, while scrolling down my Facebook feed, an ad jumped right off the page! Usually I skip right over all the seamless Facebook marketing, having developed an eye for ads that are formatted to look like posts, but this particular "update" struck a personal chord: forgetfulness....
Come to think of it, it wasn't a Facebook ad at all. No--it was a post by a FB group I follow. Yes, that's it, "The Alzheimer's Association." I don't recall why I opted-in for Alzheimer updates, but I could surely trace it back, given a moment to reflect.
But back to my story: I saw the update--highlighting a film about a woman with young onset Alzheimer's. The film poster showed a beautiful woman who appears to be daydreaming (up to now a favorite past-time of mine). Though extremely intrigued and tempted to see the movie trailer, a mixture of superstition and paranoia begged the question: Did a middle-aged rêveuse really want to know more about "young onset" Alzheimer's?
Having been reared by a positive force of nature (Mom), I was taught early on a powerful truth: What you think is what you get..... But if one were truly atteint with young onset Alheimer's this "what you think is what you get" axiom would be no more than a moot point. For one has to consistently remember in order for the mind to forge a new reality.
Doubts aside, I began repeating the name of the film: Still Alice... Still Alice... Still Alice. Only, seconds later, having made it over to the Google box, the second-guessing began.
Just an unlucky coincidence, I thought, returning quickly to the Facebook update in time to re-memorize the film's title. Managing this time to type in the correct name, I landed on another clip--a completely different movie. A hilarious film starring the same beautiful actress! But after watching the talented Julia Moore I began to wonder, "Wasn't this movie clip supposed to be about Alzheimer's? But there wasn't one scene that had anything to do with the subject of forgetfulness!"
And then it came back to me: having searched in vain for the film, I'd clicked on something else. That's how I ended up here in the first place.
I never did find the full trailer to "Still Alice." But I did discover the book and instantly downloaded it on my iPad. You can download Still Alice, too, or enter today's book giveaway. Bonne chance!
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