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Monday April 02, 2018

Tulips are the flower of Parkinson's

The tulip is the worldwide symbol of Parkinson's disease.

 

“How old is baseball?” I ask.

“1850s,” my dad stoutly replies.

Roy and Dean agree. The rest of the class nods appreciatively. And although sports are his jam, I can’t help but be skeptical of my dad’s immediate answer. Too many past infractions.

“How old is baseball?” I Google.

Of course, there’s some initial combing: History.com offers a similarly confident reply—1839, precisely, but NPR takes the cake with a story that winds through myths and British posturing.

I had never heard of Casey at the Bat, but when my dad told me that he and his speech class read poetry, I immediately asked to crash a meeting. He’s been attending this class for over five years… what’s taken me so long to stop by? Sure, college, work, and the usual, but what had me carpooling with Pam, Rich, and my dad was a new way of thinking about it. My awareness changed.

My question about baseball came out of a poem and a great group of people supporting each other. This is one of the many, surprising effects of poetry—questions, sometimes answers, and what happens when you read one out loud.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness and National Poetry month. On Monday, March 12th, I was lucky enough to experience the relationship between these two enigmas.

Talk Loud, Talk Proud is a speech class and totally welcoming hang-out for people with Parkinson’s. Julie Trautmann, the group’s leader and speech-language pathologist, guides the class through informal discussion and exercises. Really, everyone takes a lead, as they’re comfortable. Past topics have included cars, movies, sports. This particular session coincided with my dad’s 60th birthday—which also meant the reading of his favorite poem and delicious cupcakes. Thank you, Pam!

“We all find it really interesting,” Julie observes, after we finished reading Casey at the Bat, “how much better the speech is when you’re reading a poem. You’re thinking about your delivery. More umph!”

“And when there’s a longer sentence, you try and get more wind,” Dean chuckles.

“And it has a beat to it—a rhythm. Iambic pentameter?” Rich sagely reflects.

“It also seems like you’re thinking about [your speech] a little less, though,” I venture. “Just instinctive—(snaps fingers to some sort of time). You’re not on yourself about it.”
“It flows,” Julie agrees. “It’s not you that has to [articulate]. It’s written for you.”

“The thing that always intrigued me about this poem,” my dad shares, “is how it ends. It’s building up, building up, and then—well, it’s just like baseball.”

Baseball. Disappointments, triumphs, stories. It sounds like Parkinson’s, and—isn’t this the poetic truth—it sounds like life. However old a player is, however the bases are loaded or the ball struck, you're in the game with all you've got. I’m so grateful to be a part of this one.

At the end, Dean cries, “Play ball!”

Talk Loud, Talk Proud is a speech group that meets every Monday at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, from 11:30am to 12:30pm. For more information, contact Julie at 206.368.1092 or jtrautmann@nwsea.org

Bette Jane Camp
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