Sally Ran Had a Fan: New Orleans at Night

Image: Dancing Woman /

Participant(s): Marilore, Bob, Ramona, Peggy – Sundial Assisted Living /
She’s doing the shimmy. There’s doves flying around. Like up in Alaska, girls dancing with animals. She’s doing the Charleston, the Hoochi Coochi, a rain dance.

There’s a lot going on there. The music of Tommy Dorsey, played loud by a Salvation Army band. There’s fresh air, it’s cold. People are dressed warm. Sally Ann is wearing a sweater.

It’s New Orleans, that time that they dance. Mardi Gras! They are throwing beads, celebrating a football game, some big sports deal. Sally Ann can smell gardenias, popcorn, hot dogs, pickles and potato salad and smoke from firecrackers, “Crack! Pop!”

Sally Ann came with a partner and a little crowd. While she dances he may be a little jealous. She has four children, two boys and two girls. When they see her dance some are embarrassed but some think, “She’s a real hep kid!”

Later she’s gonna take it indoors. Sally Ann’s legs are giving out and she wants to go home and go to bed.

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Jenny Cowell is a lifelong educator who started her career in Special Education and retired as a junior high librarian. She builds stories with people with Alzheimers and related dementia using the TimeSlips method. Jenny works with individuals in their homes and in day programs in memory care facilities.