At Gladys Brown’s room, Diane says, “Miss Gladys, I have someone to see you.”

She picks Sammy up and puts him in the bed. Miss Gladys is 87. Sammy makes himself comfortable on her stomach. He holds mostly still, except for his shaking tail. He seems to know to stay quiet for the more fragile residents. Miss Gladys doesn’t say anything. She smiles. She strokes Sammy’s back. Her hand shakes.
Miss Gladys’ daughter, Gladys Ball, is visiting.

“My mother doesn’t remember anyone but Sammy,” she says. “It’s quite remarkable.” ..."

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