Today I read a conversation that took place between Corey and my mom. She's upset that the workers at the facility seem to be sticking their noses into her affairs. She wants her privacy and doesn't want the world watching her through open windows or open doors. Therefore she keeps the blinds closed and leaves the door to her bedroom closed because she doesn't want anybody watching her. Those who do are perverts. And she swears when she returns to her room to find her blinds have been open. Evidently she used the word "damn" in almost every sentence she said to Corey this afternoon.
Evidently Harold is NOT her boyfriend. He is an old man. Mom doesn't even call him Harold anymore. He is that guy. He is old enough to be her father - so she says. I learned that he is twelve years older.
Mom is on the younger end of those who reside at assisted living. Harold's physical health seems to be far worse than mom's - but mentally he may be there - I don't mean totally. Not like Madge. But I think he retains things better than mom. He understands when the staff knocks at the door and says that she has a phone call that she will be talking to Corey. He understands that Corey is her son. He remembered her birthday and somehow made arrangements for getting her this:
Sunny and Corey have been worried about mom being alone with Harold and have asked the staff to keep on eye on them. But mom doesn't like it. According to her it's not as if they would be doing anything such as making out. She hasn't kissed him any differently than she might kiss her own father. She hates the idea of someone treating her like a child.
She doesn't know that Corey made this request. She doesn't know that Corey sent a letter to the driver's license division over a year and a half ago so that they could be the bad guys and he wouldn't jeapordize his relationship with her so that she would be/is angry with him. (Correction made in comments)
I know that there have been a few instances when even his name was on her black list. It has always been temporary however. I doubt that his "golden child" image will ever be tarnished permanently. At least I hope not. We need strong ties somewhere.
Lately I feel like my name has been removed from the black list as well - but that's only when I'm visiting. I don't know if she tells people I haven't been around much. I do, after all, live in another city. But not in those far away mountains like Kayla does. Or so she believes. Except for Corey, we all live approximately the same distance from mom - though we're all spread out in different directions.
Mom just turned 74. Anna's birthday is coming up soon. She will be 3.