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Notes from home


My mom can’t seem to answer the phone.  I thought maybe this was a problem with her “new” cell phone (that she’s had since June), but no, she’s doing it with the house phone too.  She picks it up, hits something, says ‘hello,’ looks at the phone and then says, “what just happened that?”  It’s just very amusing to watch.  Repeatedly.  I’m not sure who all she is hanging up on, but it’s still amusing.

This morning we had the following conversation:
CrackerjackMa: The birds aren’t eating the oatmeal I put out for them.
Me: Oatmeal?
C-Ma: I guess no one likes my cooking.  Not even birds.
Me: You cooked it?
C-Ma: Do you want some eggs.
Me: Um…
She proceeds to cook the eggs until they are burned and says—
C-Ma: Ooops, got the pan too hot.
Me: I don’t think the birds want them.

Li’l sis wants me to tell the story of something silly my dad said tonight, but really there’s too much backstory.  Better is Li’l Sis saying, “You know Dad doesn’t say stuff like that when you aren’t here.  Clearly he’s trying to impress you with his intellect.”  Heeee!

Also my sister has some elaborate theory on how she thinks my mom is secretly in the Mafia.

So it’s crazy snowy here.  We shopped around downtown Seattle today.  Wow it was slippery and very crowded.  But fun.  I had goat for dinner.  I couldn’t be more pleased with my day.

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

2 thoughts on “Notes from home

  1. Oh my God, you’re totally right about me and your mom. Holy moly. We’re totally flaky in just the same ways.

  2. Ha, yes. It’s very endearing from both of you though!

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