Love Blooms Late For One Daughter's Mother Barbara and Jack Dundon remember Barbara's late mom, Dorothy Lang, and the close relationship she developed while a resident in an assisted living facility.
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Love Blooms Late For One Daughter's Mother

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Love Blooms Late For One Daughter's Mother

Love Blooms Late For One Daughter's Mother

Love Blooms Late For One Daughter's Mother

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Barbara and Jack Dundon talked about their beloved mother and mother-in-law at StoryCorps in New York City. StoryCorps hide caption

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Barbara and Jack Dundon talked about their beloved mother and mother-in-law at StoryCorps in New York City.

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Dorothy Lang spent her final years in an assisted living home in Wyndmoor, Pa., so she could be closer to her daughter, Barbara Dundon, and son-in-law, Jack.

While there, Lang made a special friend: Robert.

"She met Robert when she was 90 and he was 17 years her junior," Dundon explains during her visit to a StoryCorps booth in New York City. "He was a hot number there for all the women and he was hot for Mom. He brought her flowers, cards, and she flourished under this love and attention."

One Christmas Eve when the Dundons visited Lang, Barbara told her mother as they were leaving that they would return the next day, and asked if 10 a.m. was a good time.

" 'Cause we were coming back with the presents," 63-year-old Barbara Dundon says. "We always had Christmas morning opening up presents -- why would this be any different? The next morning we arrived, started to open the door and it was locked. I said, 'Mom, we’re here!' Nothing happened and we heard voices in the room and shuffle, shuffle, I hear Mom’s little walker coming toward the door, "Oh honey, I'll be right there." And we walk in and there’s Robert, and he was putting his shoes back on! Everybody was kind of embarrassed but that was a great time."

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The Dundons would have movie night with Lang every Saturday night, complete with wine and greasy pizza.

"You knew all the ways to tease her that would make her laugh," Dundon tells her husband. "And I felt like the three of us were a little team. I just loved that you were so close with her."

"In a way she had become my mother," Jack Dundon says. "How we knew each other, how we had cared for her, um, she had really kind of moved in there and I realized after she died how much I missed having a mother. And I’ll never have a mother like that again."

Dorothy Lang died in April 2007.

Produced for Morning Edition by Vanara Taing. The senior producer for StoryCorps is Michael Garofalo.