The Swinging Door
by Deborah A. Allen
Karen Stearns is having a rough day.
Her preoccupation with overseeing her mother Mary's care in an Orlando nursing home jeopardizes her job and provokes her husband to contemplate vacationing without her. Karen learns that Mary is "sundowning," and her repetition of the phrase, "I have to help Mother in the garden," only underscores to Karen that Mary is slipping away from her.