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Chapter 13: Priscilla and Happy [2:37]

"The beginnings & the ends."

Priscilla's daughter reflects on the parallels between the start of life and its end. Happy spends time with her baby great-granddaughter.

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Chapter 13: Priscilla & Happy “The beginnings & the ends.”

NARRATOR:  

LATELY, HAPPY WHITE IS SPENDING MORE AND MORE TIME IN BED... 

PRISCILLA:  

She used to be up for two or three hours and down for one. Now she's up for one and down for two or three. So it's been reversed. She's just running out of steam. 

JENNIFER:  

Say, "hello". 

BABY:  

Hi... 

PRISCILLA:  

Oh, you are so pretty. Yes you are. 

NARRATOR:

TODAY...PRISCILLA'S GRANDAUGHTER... HAPPY'S GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER EMMA HAS COME FOR HER WEEKLY VISIT... 

JENNIFER:  

It's just interesting how life begins and how life winds down. And how Emma's in diapers, and how Nanny needs to now be taken care of in different ways, through diapers or just care-wise, there's much more care. 

PRISCILLA:  

She really, really responds to this painting... 

JENNIFER:  

And even with Emma, when she was first born, you know, she really couldn't see that well. And everything was like red, black, white. And now with Nanny, you know, she can't really see that well. So it's just amazing, the beginnings and the ends. 

And that's why I thought it would be nice for Emma to come here and to-and to be with Nanny.  

Hi Nanny.  Say, "hello."

I try to be here every single week. 

Who's that?  Who's that?

HAPPY:

Hey, you're my friend.  You're my friend.

JENNIFER:  

Say "hello." 

HAPPY:  

You my friend? 

JENNIFER:  

Hi Nanny. 

HAPPY:  

You're my friend. Wanna give me a kiss. 

JENNIFER:  

Kiss? Kisses.  MMMMMWah. Mmmwah. Who's that?  Mmmmmwah.  

Yes, who's that? 

BABY EMMA...:

(cooing) 

HAPPY:  

I love you.  You're my friend.  

PRISCILLA:  

I have friends that have lost parents suddenly, they lost them early on. When they see this situation, I think they're a little bit envious that they didn't have it themselves.  

It's kind of the way I look at this. It's not all bad situations, it just simply is a situation. And I prefer to embrace it.