The towel metaphore is from "Hitchhiker's Guide Guide to the Galaxie". According to the guide, the towel is the most usefull thing you can have for intergalactic travel!! Therefore those of us visiting Planet Alzheimer (from a wonderful book about ALZ caregiving) truly need our towels. It was IBake's incredible humor that grabbed the mention of the Hitchhiker towel and ran with it. Yes, it can dry up our tears. We have wrapped the rocks that little deb's Dad collects in towels and thrown them at those that annoy us. Wrapped rocks don't leave marks. We have laid on those towels in our imaginary wonderland of palm trees and umbrella drinks for relaxation. We have tied up our worries in them. We have waved them in surrender. We have used them to hang on to each other in times of need. We have wrapped each other in them when comfort was needed. We have even popped each other in the butt with them to get their attention. The towel has proven to be most usefull on this trip through Planet Alzheimer and new uses are being discovered daily. Did you not see the string of tied together towels holding you to us while you were in Edinburgh?
So grab a few new towels from the stack and hang on. As long as we have our towels we are one.... one amazing group of strong caring individuals that have the strength, imagination, and determination to see this through!
PS. Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxie was a fellow Brit.