Loretta turned seventy during the second of the three years that she helped care for her mother. How grateful Loretta was for the opportunity to care for the woman who had, after Papa left, so steadfastly represented security. Now the roles were reversed and Loretta wanted to perform her tasks with the same kind of love she had felt as a child. Recognizing how easily a person in their nineties could chill, Loretta would strip to her underwear and turn the heat up before giving her mother a bath and washing and setting her hair. Then she would get her mother back into bed and sit at the bottom of the bed massaging her mother's feet, until she drifted off to sleep.