“Dad, I’ve hired on some new girls to help with mom’s care,” says Marie. “It’s too much for any one person to do everything for her.”
“That’s a good idea, my dear,” says William. “We’ll need more help at home and at the office.”
“It makes you realize how much we took for granted.”
“Yes, I wonder how we’ll get on without her.”
“Do you think we should call Tracy home?”
“Your mother doesn’t want her to know yet.”
“But she has to be told. We can’t just keep something like this from her.”
“Your mother feels it would interfere with her work.”
“That’s ridiculous! Tracy will be livid when she learns the truth.”
“Now, Mrs. Golde, you will be comfy in this big cushy chair,” says Leslie, as she helps Julia transfer to an armchair.
“And I’ve got a nice hot plate of turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy,” says Carrie. “Smells delicious.”
“I don’t want anything right now,” says Julia.
“Oh, but Mrs. Golde, you must eat to keep up your strength,” says Carrie. “I’ll feed you myself.”
“You two have been fussing me all morning. I’d like to be left alone for a bit. I’d like to rest this afternoon.”
“You can rest after you’ve had your lunch and we’ll get you changed, then back to bed.”
“I do not have enough energy for that. I will just rest here.”
“But, Mrs. Golde–”
“Go, or I’ll call someone to show you out.”
Carrie picks up the tray and follows Leslie out. As they walk down to the kitchen, the girls cross paths with Jason and Mark.
“Hi,” Leslie says, looking up at Jason with a flirtatious smile.
“Hello,” says Jason, trying to be polite while Mark stifles a giggle behind him. “Are you looking for the way to the kitchen?”
“Oh, we know our way around the house now,” says Leslie, giggling.
“That’s good. Have a nice day,” Jason says, hurriedly moving off with Mark.
As soon as they are out of hearing, Mark laughs and says to his brother, “It looks like you’ve found yourself a new admirer.”
“No, thanks. They’re both a bit too thick for my tastes.”
“I think our next issue of Glitter magazine ought to feature Julia Golde,” says John Silverman to his son.
“What would you like us to focus on?” Paul asks.
“We should do different features on her life. Her childhood, her career in society, how she used her money to turn the Golde’s corner jewelry store into an international jewelry trade, her many philanthropic activities. Also, we should present a human side to her. Give the public a private view of her life. With her permission of course. We have known her too long to do anything that would offend or insult her.”
“We’ll need to pull out a lot of photos from our archives.”
“Choose the most flattering and run them by her. This may be our last chance. According to Sylvia, she may not have much longer.”