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(YouTube)   My mother and I have daily check-ins to make sure we're okay during the plague...we never have anything real to say to each other except "I'm alive" but then we revisit stupidities from the past like locking the keys in the car. Can you relate?   (youtube.com) divider line
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2020-12-02 2:39:33 PM  
When my mom was in and out of the hospital for her COPD I called her everyday
But my mom always had something to say.
True story once I accidentally hung up on her and tried to call back and it took me 15 minutes to get through(she didn't have call waiting) she literally talked to herself for 15 minutes without realizing I was on the phone
 
2020-12-02 2:58:24 PM  
Hell no?
 
2020-12-02 3:04:21 PM  
My calls to my parents/their calls here have gotten shorter over the past months.  Mainly because neither one of us have been going out and doing things like in the 'before' times. So yeah, "Still doing ok..." has been the entirety of more than a few conversations.

/Dad's a bit of a weather geek. He generally knows more about what's going on outside my house than I do.  So I let him ramble on about that to fill time.  Shrug, makes him happy...
 
2020-12-02 3:04:29 PM  
Your mother didn't raise you properly
 
2020-12-02 3:08:18 PM  

Recoil Therapy: My calls to my parents/their calls here have gotten shorter over the past months.  Mainly because neither one of us have been going out and doing things like in the 'before' times. So yeah, "Still doing ok..." has been the entirety of more than a few conversations.

/Dad's a bit of a weather geek. He generally knows more about what's going on outside my house than I do.  So I let him ramble on about that to fill time.  Shrug, makes him happy...


M&D, sister and I have a weekly Zoom call.  it's almost a joke when we talk about the past week.  "Well, didn't do much- you?"  "Nothing- kids are ok- Sis?"  "Eh, went out biking, kids are doing fine"

"Ok, well, see you next week..."
 
2020-12-02 3:24:45 PM  
CSB/ When I was a teenager, I got a call from my grandmother.  She asked me how my parents were doing.  Then how I was doing.  We went on for thirty minutes.  It wasn't my grandmother - but I couldn't bring myself to say "I don't know who you are, but a good conversation"

/wrong number
 
2020-12-02 3:30:07 PM  
When I was at the lowest point in my life, low like sitting in a bathtub with razor blades trying to work up the courage, my mom came to my rescue. I was living in Colorado and she home in Minnesota. She made me promise to call her everyday until she could fly out and help move me back home. She saved my life. Don't overlook the power of simple daily check ins, even if it is only to say Hi, I am ok.
 
2020-12-02 3:43:24 PM  
I have had to face the fact that I can't hear on the phone. I hear sound, sometimes loud enough to hurt my ears, but I cannot make out any words, or very rarely can make out *something* which is often wrong and gets confused replies. Most of what I say on the phone consists of: "What?" "Pardon?" "Could you repeat that?" etc.

It's been going on for years, and became kind of a family joke, to the point that my kid gave me a phone (landline type) for my birthday one year. It didn't help much, because the line to the house turned out to have gone wonky somehow, so there was constant static, but we thought we'd found the problem - the phone line.

We didn't bother to get the phone company out to fix a landline that no one is interested in anymore, so we went and got smart phones. Nothing improved.

So we have eliminated everything that could have been a problem, and the fact that I still cannot hear on the phone is down to me, it's my fault. I had to tell my kid yesterday that we're only going to be emailing (and I check in on her Twitch streams) because trying to hear on the phone is exhausting and sometimes painful :(

And we couldn't visit anymore even before the plague because neither of us can sit in a car long enough to make the trip (we are both disabled). So I'll never see her physically again and now she won't even hear my voice, though I can hear and see her on Twitch.

:(
 
2020-12-02 4:31:12 PM  
The latest daily theme with my mam was locking the keys in the car stories. OMG we giggled so much!
 
2020-12-02 4:47:43 PM  

spongeboob: When my mom was in and out of the hospital for her COPD I called her everyday


My Lil Muzzer has COPD. I am terrified for her right now. She's 76, with the breathing issue, and slightly overweight. She doesn't have diabetes or a heart condition but I am worried anyway. She is a fascist about masking and social distancing and has always been an OCD maniac about hand washing so I find that reassuring...

Her keys in the car story was about this sweet young woman who will come to her and do a haircut in her alley but she locked everything she needed in her car. Her wallet, scissors, bib, and so on. Apparently everyone in my mam's neighborhood had done the same that day and the AAA driver was not seeing the humor in the situation even though the assembled (safely distanced) crowd thought it was all HILARIOUS! Especially my wee mam sitting there ready for a trim with her Super's scissors and an elastic band skirt thrown over her shoulders...I laughed.
 
2020-12-02 6:13:15 PM  
My grandmother used to have a rule (and like most grandmother rules, it was one you did NOT break) that on Sunday everybody in our entire extended family would call her twice. Once to give her all of your news, and once to hear everyone else's.

If you didn't have any news, she would talk you through the week, hour by hour if necessary, until you came up with something. For my brother and I, active service was a positive godsend because then we had "real" news like "deployed to X town today" and "took mortar fire from Terry last Wednesday." When I went to college, she would proudly tell everyone in the family whatever I was studying that week, despite nobody (a) caring or (b) understanding. Which was ok because I could never summon up any enthusiasm when Uncle Ray fixed up one of his antique ticket machines, either.
 
2020-12-03 12:16:41 AM  
My dad is responsible about all this (*gestures vaguely to everything*) but he loves to check in with people, like my brothers who live nearby.  Figured if I call once a day, he won't feel the need to just randomly drop in on three houses in a weekend, like he'd usually like to.

We've gotten into the habit of my reading him the Learned League questions and him giving me the good ones from Jeopardy.
 
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