Rose Reynolds, 65, and Mary Rose Hogan, 91, have known each other for over 50 years and are closer than most family members. They were both born in Lima, N.Y. and as Rose says, they "know where all the bodies are buried." Each night, for the last fifteen years, Rose has gone to visit Mary Rose. They enjoy their evenings together, sharing a cocktail and the stories of the day and, sometimes, reminiscing years past. When the evening is over, Rose helps Mary to bed and takes care of her dog.
Rose prepares their nightly cocktails in Mary Rose's kitchen and laughs at an anecdote from Mary Rose delivered from the nearby living room. Nov. 10, 2014.
Mary Rose ponders the gift Rose brought back from her weekend trip to New York City. Nov. 10, 2014.
Mary Rose Hogan, 91, enjoys her evening cocktail - a Manhatten - and stories and laughter with Rose Reynolds during her nightly visit. Mary Rose lives alone in the house where she was born and raised in Lima.
Mary Rose turns down the heat before going to bed. Nov. 10, 2014.
Mary Rose and Rose keep laughing together as Rose helps get the pillows just right for Mary Rose. Nov. 16, 2014.
The evening before Thanksgiving, 2014, Mary Rose went to the porch to let the dog out. She fell and hit her head on the wrought iron railing that left her with a large gash on her forehead. Mary Rose arrived back home three days later and Rose not only continued her nightly visits, she also began sleeping on Mary Roseís couch a couple of nights a week during the long recuperation process.
Holding tight to her walker, Mary Rose (right) asks Rose about the cookies on the table before taking her evening pills. Dec. 15, 2014.
Rose takes Mary Rose's dog, Echo, out for his last walk of the evening. Taking care of the dog is one of the many tasks that Rose helps Mary Rose with.
The wound on Mary Rose's head is healing well and the stitches have been removed, but she is still a bit weak after losing so much blood from her fall. Rose gives Mary Rose a steadying hand as she makes her way to the bathroom before bedtime.
Rose helps Mary Rose to bed as she has done for the last 15 years. Since her fall the evening before Thanksgiving, Mary Rose has been sleeping in the lounge chair in the living because she has been too weak to make it to the bed. After some physical therapy visits, this evening she made it into bed.
Since the injury, Rose has been spending two nights a week on the couch to care for Mary Rose. Rose said, "at 91, you just don't bounce back very quickly."