My mother loved taking pictures of her three kids, her family and friends. She also loved being in the pictures too. She would have loved Selfies!
When Mom’s health began to show signs of dementia, I wanted to get her out of the house to do something fun. I decided to make her Queen for the Day!
I brought over one of my sequin gowns, long black gloves, jewelry and a tiara. I explained we were going to make her Queen for the Day and her grandson was going to take pictures – in essence a photo shoot while we visited Bricktown in Downtown Oklahoma City.
Mom loved seeing all of the new changes in Downtown OKC – the canal, the larger than life bronze statues, beautiful waterfalls and botanical gardens. She enjoyed using these as backdrops for her photos.
Everywhere we went people would stop and ask, “Who is she?”
“Queen for the Day!” I would interpret as she replied in sign language.
Mom was thrilled with all of the attention. It energized her!
I even brought shopping bags as props for her to hold in front of a store. She enjoyed acting like she had been shopping!
We also ate at a restaurant and the wait staff did an outstanding job of treating her like royalty and making her feel special. How could they not with a woman wearing a beautiful tiara and claiming to be Queen for the Day?
We can’t all be the Queen. Someone has to sit on the curb and wave as I go by. – Paraphrase of a Will Rogers quote