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Il nonno di Michela sta molto male, soffre di una brutta malattia da ormai dieci anni. La malattia si chiama Alzheimer. All’inizio si dimenticava cose piccole, come il numero di telefono o che giorno fosse. Poi ha iniziato a perdere sempre di più la memoria, al punto di non riconoscere più la moglie e i figli.

La sua malattia lo ha reso irascibile e confuso, per questo Michela non è mai riuscita a costruirci un vero rapporto. Si può dire che non lo conosce quasi per niente, ricorda solo alcuni episodi vissuti insieme quando era una bambina e stava dai nonni qualche settimana.

Michela decide di andare a trovare il nonno perché le sue condizioni stanno peggiorando. Stranamente, però, lo trova di buon umore. Ha voglia di parlare e inizia a raccontarle tante cose della sua infanzia, come se pensasse di avere accanto una vecchia amica. Michela sente uno strano calore nel petto e custodisce il ricordo di quel giorno come fosse un tesoro prezioso.

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A strange disease

Michela’s grandfather is very ill and has been suffering from a bad disease, called Alzheimer’s Disease, for ten years now. In the beginning, he only forgot small things, like a phone number or what day it was. Then, he began to forget more and more things, to the point of no longer recognizing his wife and children.

His illness made him short-tempered and confused, so Michela never managed to build a real relationship with him. It could even be said that she hardly knows him almost at all, as she only has a few memories of when she was a child and stayed with her grandparents for a few weeks.

Michela decides to visit her grandfather because his condition is worsening. Oddly, however, she finds him in a good mood. She wants to talk and begins to tell him many things about her childhood as if she had an old friend by her side. Michela feels a strange warmth in her chest and keeps the memory of that day as if it were a precious treasure.

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