The Queen Mother has resisted our attempts over the years to secure a medic alert device in her home. At almost 81, she is still very active and independent but she lives alone and my sister and I worry about her. So sue us. We were raised by a most excellent guilt-wielding non-Jewish Jewish mother. It’s what we do.
I received a call from a client the other day telling me he had sent a past due balance in full and that he was sorry it took so long. He also said the collection methods I used were very effective and unusual. I don’t have a collection agency or method so I chalked it up to confusion on his part and let it go.
I decided to give my mom a call yesterday to see how she was doing. The last time I talked to her she was attempting to install a printer to her new computer and I wanted to check on her progress. A phone call to Mom is like a box of chocolates: you never know what kind of weirdness or guilt trip you are about to go on.
Me: “Hi, Mom! How are you?”
Mother: “I’m fine. I’m finally out of the woods.”
Me: “What? Have you been sick?”
Mother: “You could say that. I almost died from food poisoning!”
My mother called me today. I noticed the call was coming from her cell phone at 4:00 pm and the hair immediately went up on my neck. Something must be wrong for her to call me before her free minutes start at 7:00 pm.
She is an elderly person on a limited income, as she is wont to tell me, and she does not throw her Social Security away for nothing.
I usually keep up with Mom via email but her computer has been down for about a month now. I encouraged her to call for tech help but I think she has been trying to guilt the computer into working instead (see my previous post about her super-guilting powers.)