Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Day in Fourth Ward

Frog Friend Gail is a personal assistant to my elderly aunts who are 92 and 93. Thanks to her, they are able to continue living in their home. She cooks for them, runs errands, keeps their medicine straight, name it. If they need it, she does it. Gail has another client in Charlotte two days a week. They scheduled in other support help in on those days, so it all works out. Things get a little hairy though when the Charlotte client goes on vacation. He has two dogs and two cats in his condo that have to be cared for. The dogs must be walked in inner city Charlotte several times a day. The area is known as Fourth Ward, near the Bobcats arena and Discovery Place. Fourth Ward has a historical heyday in the Gay Nineties...that would be the 1890's and early 1900. Most of the houses built during the turn of the century in that area were huge Victorians. After 80 or 90 years the area had fallen into disrepair. Entre Urban Renewal! It's so gorgeous there now. They're becoming Charleston and Savannah wannabes complete with carriage horses. (And I have a picture of one!)

My aunts live about 20 miles north of the city near Lake Norman. Poor Gail has kept her Chrysler cruiser in the wind, back and forth between the two places all week. Today we took the old girls to meet up with the dogs. We spent the day in Fourth Ward wheelchair pushing. Both dogs and oldsters had a great time. The cats? Well they're they just don't give a darn!

Sammy the dog is kinda cute don't you think? He loves Aunt Ruth and tries to "protect" her from the other resident house dog. It was so funny to watch him.

A good note to end on for tonight. Tune in tomorrow for more pictures of Fourth Ward.


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