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

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Going into this Mother's Day weekend, we'll hear about a mom in StoryCorps. Barbara and Jack Dundon sat down to talk about Barbara's late mother, Dorothy Lang. Dorothy spent her final years in an assisted living home so her and son- in-law could be nearby. But as it turned out, they weren't the only ones who wanted to be close to her.

BARBARA DUNDON: She met Robert when she was 90, and he was 17 years her junior. 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.

JACK DUNDON: Tell us about Christmas.

DUNDON: And I remember you and I had movie night with her every Saturday night. We'd have wine, greasy pizza, and we'd bring it to her little sitting room.

DUNDON: What I remember about her is her love for sex and violence in the movies.

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DUNDON: Yeah, right. You knew all the little ways to tease her that would make her laugh. And I felt like the three of us were a little team. I just love that you were so close with her.

DUNDON: In a way, she had become my mother: how we knew each other, how we had cared for her. 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.

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MONTAGNE: Jack and Barbara Dundon at StoryCorps in New York City. Read more of their conversation in the new StoryCorps book called "Mom," and watch a mother talk with her son in StoryCorps' first-ever animated film. I highly recommend it. That's at npr.org.

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