July 10, 2015

Grandma Ruth celebrated her 97th birthday on May 21st, 2015. Until mid-April, she lived independently in an apartment complex. Worry for her safety was constant. Everyone knew the day was looming, and no one looked forward to it. She'd made it clear that if she were forced into a retirement home, she would rather die, and she would never forgive. Never. After the initial shock of the eviction notice due to safety reasons, it was a relief for my mom that the decision had been taken out of her hands. Initially, Grandma took the news well. It was no one's fault. And then she moved into her new home. ‘Upset’ is an understatement, and she took it out on those she loved most. Now she admits that she likes being taken care of.

I phoned her to wish her Happy 4th of July. She reminisced about her siblings and about the dogs she'd owned and loved. If she can't think of a word, she fills in with whatever makes sense. She told me about flying to Miami to pick up a dog. Her sister, Rosemary, met her...

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