We are taught some of the most important life lessons every day, and the most memorable seem to come from those we love the most. And sometimes we are taught the most unexpected lessons of life, from the most unexpected people. My grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease and simply loving a loved one with Alzheimer’s is an eye-opening experience that leaves a lasting impression on your life. This piece is about and for my grandmother, and how she has changed my life forever simply with age.
Alyea Pierce is an author, poet, and playwright, who is a “real nice cook up” of the West Indies. Pierce’s work has been featured on the grand stages of the Apollo Theater and Broadway's New Amsterdam Theater in New York City, as well as various TEDx events, and universities across the country. Her work has been published in the Caribbean Writer, and she is the 2015-2016 playwright-in-residence and an actress for the Strength Out of Shadows Theater company. Pierce is receiving her Master’s of Education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She lives her life as a testimony, educating youths in numerous organizations on how to transform their creative ideas into professional voices. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @AlyeaSpeaks