Calling Mom. . .

Now that Mom is back at her apartment after 3 1/2 months of hospitalization and rehab, I call her every morning to make sure she wakes up in time to get ready and go to breakfast. She and Dad could use an alarm clock, but she might just hit the snooze and go back to sleep. Plus, this way I can check on her and Dad each morning.

Sometimes she’s already awake and up getting ready.  Sometimes she’s still asleep.  And sometimes she’s awake but doesn’t really want to get up.  When she’s asleep or sort of awake, she accuses me of calling at midnight just to bother her.  Of course, it’s all in fun – I think – hmmmm. 

Yesterday morning when I called, she answered like this:  “I’m sorry, but we are closed.  We will not open until noon.  Please hang up and call back at that time.”  I, of course, started laughing. 

Then I heard her say, away from the phone, “It’s all right.  This is my daughter.  She calls me every morning, and this morning I want to go back to sleep.”  Evidently the nurse was there to give my Dad his meds, and she had reacted to Mom’s announcement with shock and amazement. 

Mom’s description of the nurse’s reaction made me laugh even harder.  Then Mom laughed harder.  So we both just sat there cackling.

I imagine the nurse had quite a story to tell about crazy people when she got back to the office. 

Well, they do say that laughter is the best medicine — don’t they?

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About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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4 Responses to Calling Mom. . .

  1. Cindy says:

    I love your mom 🙂
    Gimme her number, I want to call her too!

  2. What a fantastic, charming, and absolutely hysterical story! I know it must help you to know your Mom’s wonderful sense of humor is alive and kicking! I hope she can continue to find humor in her day, and the two of you will continue to be such great support for one another! Hope your Dad is adjusting well.

    Your Mom’s sense of humor reminds me of my own Mom! Lucky you to have yours still with you!

    Love,
    Paula

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