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Chapter 10: Lorraine and Charlotte [4:47]

"Why didn't you tell me to duck?"

Charlotte visits home. Lorraine just wants to please her, and make her happy.

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Chapter 10: Lorraine & Charlotte "Why didn't you tell me to duck?"

NARRATOR:  

LORRAINE AND HER HUSBAND BILL ARE ON THEIR WAY TO CHARLOTTE'S NURSING HOME.  IT'S A BIG DAY...IT'S THE FIRST TIME CHARLOTTE IS COMING HOME--BUT ONLY FOR A TWO HOUR VISIT...

LORRAINE:  

I said I'm so tense. I just want to please her. I just want her to feel at home. I'm just kind of nervous about how it's going to go. But very excited because just three months ago, when we just first brought her in there, they gave me a referral to hospice and to think she's coming home here, that's pretty exciting.  

NARRATOR:

THEY'VE BUILT A RAMP AT THE HOUSE...SPENT A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS OUTFITTING A WHEEL CHAIR LIFT FOR BILL'S OLD VAN... 

CHARLOTTE (SUBTITLE):

Why didn't you tell me to duck? 

BILL:  

Did you hit your head? 

CHARLOTTE:  

Uh, huh. 

BILL:  

Then we better duck next time. 

LORRAINE:  

Hey honey, you ready for an adventure?  

BILL:  

We've been waiting for this day a long time, huh? 

We'll be at the house in no time. 

Does it look familiar? Huh? 

MIRIAM:  

Yay!  Alright.

Tracy 

Yee-haw. 

LORRAINE:  

Hittin' the dirt. Oh man. You get to see your new ramp.  The addition. Tracy came over at 5 or 6 o'clock in the morning and Tracy and Bill built this, this is the ramp.  This is for you.

There, there's your mommy.  

CHARLOTTE:  

Sable.  

LORRAINE:  

Hey Sable. She loves her mama.  She's been telling us the whole time, "Get my mama home."

She's nervous.  

CHARLOTTE:  

Hey Foxy, you come to see your mama?  Huh?

That's my little baby. You're mama's girl. You're mama's girl.  

MIRIAM:  

Would you like something to read? To sit and read for a bit? 

LORRAINE:  

Yeah, she would like that piece of paper. 

CHARLOTTE:  

It's over there. 

BILL 

I got it right here... 

MIRIAM:  

Would you like...to just sit and read for a little bit and rest and relax? 

CHARLOTTE:  

Yeah. 

MIRIAM:  

Okay.  

And when you're not so tired, before you go back, I'll play you a song, okay? 

CHARLOTTE:  

Okay. 

MIRIAM:

It's a mixed bowl of emotions.  I mean it's absolutely thrilling to see her come in. But, I know in an hour, or so, we have to take her back to "that situation". And I don't look forward to that.

LORRAINE:  

It's exciting and scary at the same time because I'm hoping that, you know, like after she takes her nap and wakes back up that she doesn't have some kind of depression. So I'm not relaxed yet. But, it was pretty exciting to have her home.  

We'll be back later Mom, okay?