Thanksgiving holiday brought two folks to the home for respite care. A sixty-four year old lady with Down Syndrome and her father stayed at the home while their live-in caregiver had a much-needed break. These changes are always hard on the regular residents but it was especially hard on Carol Ann, the lady with DS. Yesterday, as I sat at the table helping Marv with his breakfast, she came and stood right up against me for a few moments. Then she just reached around and clung to me like a small child. As she rocked back and forth I said, “oh, did you need a hug today?” ”Yeah,” was her reply. Then she bent down and kissed my cheek before going back to watch tv. I was so surprised at the maternal feelings that little incident aroused. I hope she and her dad will be okay as they go back to their home and their regular routine. Even though it was disruptive for Marv, I think I’m going to miss them.