"Who's Going to Feed the Cats?"
11 Nov 2009
We go through transitions our whole lives. We experience births, deaths, among various jobs, and new loves. How do we reestablish ourselves after these changes, and what do they all have in common? Here we see Luana, 87, undergoing one of the biggest transitions of her life. After playing the part of wife and mother for fifty-one years on the same country farm, this narrative chronicles the journey of a woman dislocated from her home and into an assisted living environment.
In the first half of the story, we see Luana in her home setting. She is doing the dishes, making the bed: normal acts of preparation for the day. She looks comfortable; a woman familiar with her surroundings and rooted in routine. However as the narrative progresses, we see this 87-year-old woman regress into an 7-year-old girl: incapable and in need. Her power has swiftly been reduced after her transition into the new, foreign environment. She is no longer queen of her domain; Luana's power over her environment has gone. But what do we have left when we have no power? And who's going to feed the cats?