Hello! I'm here for the Sixth of the Twelve Days of Reviewing over at the forums. :)
Ah, I really love the premise of this story! It's so true that old age affects so many families, and it's so tragic and heartbreaking to read about Arthur Weasley, who was so enthusiastic about Muggles and who fought so bravely, reduced to this because of old age. :( But it's realistic as well, and I think that a lot of stories gloss over this aspect of old age.
I loved the way that you opened this story with some lovely description of Ottery St. Catchpole and The Burrow, it all felt very serene and calm and peaceful, but with perhaps something else underlying the calm, and it set the scene beautifully for the actual story. Your imagery and description was just fantastic, you painted the scene so vividly I couldn't help but see it in my mind. One quote I absolutely love was loved: yellow fields that could easily be mistaken for golden in the morning light. It was just so beautiful to think of, and tied in so well with the title.
I also liked how you portrayed the busy family. Let's face it, we don't always have time for everything, and the sad thing was that the Weasleys put their affairs in front of seeing Arthur, and while that's both understandable and forgiveable, it's sad. How people were always so busy was definitely something I could relate to, but it was so difficult to read about how they couldn't find the time to visit Arthur.
I loved Molly's attitude, how she's too stubborn to move out of the Burrow and how she refuses to get glasses - As hard as it may be to believe, your mother doesnít know everything. made me chuckle.
Arthur was so heartbreaking! It was so sad too see how he'd forgotten everyone, everything, and how he didn't recognise his wife. :( The memories you share are so important to husband and wife, and feeling Molly's loss broke my heart all over again.
This was a wonderful first chapter, well done on writing somehing so sad. :P
Author's Response: Hi! It makes me so happy to hear that you liked this. Old age is very tragic indeed, and the golden years may not always be that golden. It's easy to look over, especially in stories, which is why I wanted to write this.
I am so glad that you liked the descriptions in the beginning! I could see the place before my eyes, dusted and much too quiet, and so I'm thrilled to hear that you thought it came to life for you as the reader as well! Thank you so much for telling me that, and for pointing out that quote - I love to hear what lines stand out to the reader :)
I agree with you. No matter how much people love each other, they don't always make time for each other. It's very sad when you think of it, but that's the way it is :(
I'm so glad to hear that! I think Ginny inherited that stubborn side from Molly :)
Losing one's memories is so tragic. It's one thing I really hope won't happen to me when I'm older, and I wouldn't want to be in Molly's shoes either. It's just too sad. I'm glad to hear that it seems to have come across.
Thank you so, so much for such a lovely review! It was absolutely amazing to receive, you've been so very kind and I don't really know how to thank you enough!