We went home to NC for Memorial Day weekend, chiefly b/c we hadn't been home to see my Grandmommy since Christmas.
When we go to Grandmommy's house, the kids love to play the piano for her:
This visit was super fun, b/c Grandmommy wanted to DANCE!
(The boy in the orange is my BFF Wendy's son. :-))
We got silly...
And then straightened up for one proper pic. :-P
The bittersweet of all this is that it may have been the last time we hang out & visit with her living in her own house (where she's lived for almost 45 years, my mom's last childhood home, the last home in which she lived with her husband.) She's 99, and the last month has been...not so great, (a couple falls & episodes and she's not eating much; but otherwise still in good shape! Esp. for 99!!!) It's not what she, my mom, or my uncle had planned, (much less right now,) but there's a small open window of availability at the best assisted living center in our home area...and it will be a good thing. She has friends there, and it is generally an active, open community with a full-time chef and really good food. :-) They have exercises every morning, shoulder massages on Mondays, manicures on Tuesdays, baking club, gardening club, dances, outings, socials with the seniors from the Baptist church across the street, and all sorts of activities. She'll go Thursday.
Please pray for her and my mom. Obviously it's not the end of the world - nothing will change re: where she can go & how much she can do, (it's not like she's become incapaciated.) It's truly a blessing to have a place like this - very spa/resort-esque, not like the drab "homes" we visited growing up! But it is a transition, (more emotional than anything else,) and some family members are acting like it's a nail in her coffin. My mom is left, as always, to be the anchor for everyone else, and it's draining. Please pray for strength for her and for this transition to be easier & happier than they can imagine. :-)