Can’t You Do Something With Your Hair?!

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My Grandmother was always a bit off her rocker but by the age of 100 her dementia worsened when she was living in an assisted living facility in Orlando, Florida near my Aunt. I would make sure to fly down from New York to visit, more to ease my mind than hers, and to spend time with my Aunt. On one of my visits when my Aunt picked me up at the airport I suggested that we see Nana first so we can enjoy the rest of my visit together. Aunt Paula said, “You know Nana has gotten worse and really won’t know if you came or not, why don’t I just tell her that she saw you and she will believe it.”

Knowing that I came down specifically to at least drop in and say hello to Nana I could not handle the guilt of lying to her so my Aunt and I went continued our excursion to Nana’s. On the way Aunt Paula explained, “Nana is not recognizing people that she should know so don’t be upset if she doesn’t know who you are.” Of course I understood and it did not surprise me that the woman who still walked around with a crossword puzzle singing to herself had more things to do in her head than recognize people she saw every couple of months.

Up to the special floor we go to find Nana in the pleasant room with the piano in it. Nana sees Aunt Paula and instantly knows her daughter who she sees regularly. She then looks at me as Aunt Paula says, “Mom, do you know who this is?” She gives my Aunt a quizzical look as if saying, “How dare you even think I wouldn’t know who this is?” Nana then states, “It’s Carol,” then looks at me and says, “Can’t you do something with your hair?!”

Of course she knew me, while every other person and female in the family resembled each other with dark hair, I am the only child and grandchild with a bushel of curly auburn hair. Her long term memory kicked in and saw me as the mere child that she was always screaming, “Do something with your hair!” since it looked like it was ready to nest birds to her. Of course when I was ten years of age this terribly bothered me but now it made me a standout that she could not forget and gave may Aunt and myself a hysterical laugh as Nana asked, “What is so funny?” which only made us laugh harder.

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

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