Author Archives: Taryn Hutchison

Look! He’s Moving Now!

January 27, 2022

Wesley Gardiner Richardson, my dad, passed peacefully from this world to his eternal home today. He was born January 10, 1933 in Philadelphia. As a child, he lived across the street from Patti Patton (my Mom) in Prospect Park, PA. The day the war ended, he flashed her signals with his flashlight from his attic […]

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Finding Our Way Home

December 19, 2021

One year after my Dad started his steep decline into dementia, Mom is now repeating what he used to say, almost word for word. “Where am I? I want to go home. This isn’t my home.” Early this morning, the maintenance guys at her complex called me. They found Mom scratching “anyone ever home?” on […]

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Encouragement When It’s Needed Most

November 12, 2021

The last time I saw my dad in his new home, he asked me if I’m a teenager. I shook my head. “Do I look like I am?” He scrutinized my face. “Are you 25?” “You’re getting closer, Dad!” My dad is legally blind and he has dementia, but I still took it as a […]

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