Mom, daughter celebrate 100th birthday through glass doors
April 24, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — This is the way it is for now, an only child, 69, shouts to her aged mother from behind glass doors. On May 6, Doris Hockenberger is to turn 100.
A birthday party was planned, but in this time of COVID-19, everything needs to change.
"Can you hear me?" the daughter, Valerie Giedinghagen, says, her voice raised.
She sits inside the alcove at the entrance of Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. Her mother, six years into a diagnosis of lymphoma and in hospice, sits across, inches from being knee-to-knee, but on the other side of glass.
"We'll both have to lean forward, I su...