She was a young gal, in her early 20s, when she and Glen fell in love. Theirs was a tempestuous relationship and she said recently that after they broke up, he had come to see her and wanted to patch things up. But, Tanya reflected, at that time she was young and cocky and if he had tried just a little harder, she would have eagerly gotten back together with him. The truth of her statement is evidenced by how she has carried a torch for him all these years.
Sadly, she was deprived of an opportunity to see her ex-lover when he started to become ill, and although she was in the audience in Nashville the night Glen stopped there on a farewell tour when he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's, she apparently was still blocked from even saying hello to him.
I think that's really cruel, frankly.
Tanya and Glen shared something special and when someone dear to us is about to leave this earthly scene, we shouldn't be deprived of the opportunity to say goodbye, just out of someone's spite.
I am glad a network TV show recently invited Tanya to come on and perform her tribute to Glen live. Click the link below to view it.
And for the record, I have some advice to offer to people who may have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's. My Mother had it for 9-1/2 years and I took care of her in my home. I learned a lot from this experience. Caregivers do NOT necessarily know how the patient feels about a particular person or topic. Too often AZ victims are treated as if they are mindless, but they are not. Anyone who is truly paying attention will likely still see breakthroughs of awareness and surprising orientation even when someone is in the advanced stages of the disease. The day we left for the hospital my Mother reached out to hold my hand. And the day before she passed away, with her eyes closed, she reached out and grabbed ahold of my hand and gave me three hard yanks to draw me closer, then threw her arms around my neck and pressed her cheek against mine and mumbled words I could not discern...but yet I understood. She was saying goodbye.
So whomever blocked Tanya from seeing Glen made a dreadful assumption, because while short term memory is largely gone, and self-care and verbalization is gone, there is still a person inside there who has feelings...
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