life rattle show no. 1225
Presented on Sunday, October 7, 2012
Hosted by laurie kallis
"Beets and Humber North"
Tonight, we present three more new stories from Life Rattle writer, Michelle Kathryn Duklas.
Michelle Kathryn Duklas was born in 1991 and raised in the suburbs along with her two younger siblings. Michelle spent her high school years tutoring English, working at a veterinary hospital and advocating for mental health awareness through an anti-bullying campaign. In university, where she studied politics and writing, Michelle wrote for the sports section of her campus newspaper. She also wrote and designed advertisements and publications for her job at a charity. After graduating from university, she plans to pursue a career in editing and publishing. Michelle Kathryn Duklas enjoys reading philosophy, skating outdoors, swimming in Georgian Bay and watching the Olympics.
With a voice both fresh and natural, Michelle depicts three generations of a family coping with the failing health of their grandfather (Dziadek in Polish). With a wonderful juxtaposition of youth and old age, humour and sadness, and some ironic twists, these stories are both very touching and frighteningly relevant to all families.
Tonight’s first story "Beets and Humber North" brings a blush of humour to a strained situation as Babcia (Grandmother), bolsters her husband’s health with a special blend of homemade juice that results in unexpected side effects.
Our second story "Wheelchair Races and Alzheimer Patients" we see the guileless reaction of children to the cool wheels and odd characters they encounter at the long term care centre where their Dziadek now resides.
When the crisis passes, the day-to-day reality of Alzheimer’s disease settles in. The daily grind of coping requires infinite patience and love. In tonight's final story "Routine," our narrator, now a young woman, blesses her Dziadek with both.