Our first morning in Tucson--Somehow this shadow across Mama's face seems fitting. Her mind is fractured; she is not in full light anymore, but her joy of the moment still exists and she remembered this favorite jacket which was wearing out and I took home to patch--the many hours I put into repair were only a small part of what she put into sewing my dresses and ballet costumes for years.
Caught in the moment of watching hummingbirds. Martha is happy to have Mama on her home turf.
Mama's first day at Mocking Bird Cottage at Encore Senior Village, where Rediscovery is specialized.
What a face! Was it the lunch? Airport food in Dallas, breaking the monotony of flying.
The wheel chair had its own adventure. Wish I had a picture of the three of us pushing it to the gate.
Mama's new kitchen at Mocking Bird. Sean behind the counter entertaining, while Ken, the walker, naps on the couch in the sitting area. Great homey feel to the cottage--12 live here.
Cookies! Martha had a great idea--"Let's make Mama's cookies and decorate them with the residents."
Mama made these cookies every Christmas since I was a small girl. Martha and I remembered how we would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to have a cookie raid. For years Mama would send us a cookie package in December for my 2 boys to enjoy. I made them too, but Mama's were legend. Martha mixed, I rolled and cut. what fun! The frosting was colored with prickly pear juice hand made by Martha. The residents were happy to help us....some decorated, all ate cookies with great pleasure. I wish I had a cookie now to savor....
Mama looking comfortable in her chair in her room. When we got her to Encore after the flight, she got angry that we had taken her there without consulting her. She wasn't comfortable, she said, but I reminded her that I wasn't comfortable when she dropped me off at college and I was frightened the first day at kindergarten, yet it had to be done. Amazing how awakened she can be when she gets angry. Well, we all talked it over, put her in her nightie, and she slept well the first night and all the rest of the nights. Look at her perky self in her bird shirt. What a happy lovely lady! Yeah, Mama!