Tuesday, August 18, 2009

No Peace in My Valley...

I'm still trying to recover from the death of the Macbook when mother calls. She's been relatively calm lately...no crazy calls from Green Grove. Life has been good.

So...Hank answers and I hear him say...well, I'm pretty sure it's alright. I don't know why it wouldn't be. And then he walks over to the sofa where I'm all comfortable watching an episode of House Hunters and hands me the phone.

Me: Hello

Mother: I didn't think that I had an account at Hometown Bank anymore.

Me: You don't (Technically, this isn't true...don't judge me...I pay her bills from that account and we opened a spending money account for her in a different bank.)

Mother: But my Visa card has Hometown Bank written across the top of it. I can't use that card if I don't have any money in that bank.

SO...I try to assure her that the name of the bank on the card makes no difference at all. The bill comes to me and I send a check (actually I pay it online but that WOULD blow her mind) to the Visa people somewhere in Delaware...not Hometown Bank.

Mother: But that doesn't make any sense...Does that make sense? The card SAYS Hometown Bank!!!! We have to pay Hometown Bank and I don't have any money in Hometown Bank.

Me: Well, it makes sense to me. It isn't a debit card...it's a credit card. We pay Visa, not Hometown Bank. (Why I felt compelled to mention a debit card is beyond me...)

Mother: It DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. I cannot use this card. Can I?? Ask Hank if that makes any sense. I'm not letting you get me in trouble.

I hand the phone to Hank, saying, TELL HER IT MAKES SENSE!!! He didn't convince her either. We'll give it a couple of days and see if she forgets about it. Otherwise, I guess I'll go the new bank and get another card for her. Lawsamercy!


  1. Is it funny how she spent years raising you and now you are raising her? I laugh but it is not funny to you, just funny the way you tell it!

  2. I am right there with you! We even had to put my Father in the hospital for 3 days while I was in the mountains on vacation last week. My Dad is 88 and I can see how he is going down gradually, although I feel so blessed to have my parents both with me still. It can be frustrating dealing with their "thinking process" on some things on a daily basis. I just have to grit my teeth and bear it so many times, when I would really rather say something. Oh well, it could be worse. Hope you have a great week. Love & blessings from NC!

  3. Oh, I so feel for you. So are we buying another MacBook? And lesson learned I guess that those warnings about not having drinks near a computer are for real. I had been guilty of setting a drink near my computer also, but quit it when one morning some spastic moves caused the drink to spill - just a freak accident and I thought to myself - if my laptop had been sitting there, it would've been ruined!

    As usual, you are handing your mom fabulously!

  4. I know it's not funny, but the way you tell it sure is. Hang in there!


  5. Bless your heart! You are doing good!


  6. So sorry to hear about the Macbook incident. If I've told the gals at work once, I've told them a thousand times to keep their blankety blank Dr. Peppers away from the computers! Maybe I'll print your post and pass it around at the next staff meeting lol. And the conversation with your mother - I declare, you have MUCH more patience than I do. Hopefully she'll forget all about it in a day or two. Kathy

  7. >Ask Hank if that makes any sense. I'm not letting you get me in trouble.

    THAT is priceless!!!!

  8. I was thinking things had been mighty quiet from your mother.

    Love it! And I need a Ned story soon. I love him.

  9. Oh .. I can so relate. My mother gets very 'confussed' at times!!

  10. I understand what it is you speak of VERY WELL...*sigh*

  11. I love that she wanted Hank to confirm it. Hysterical.

  12. I always have a smile on my face when I read your conversations with your mama...just like mine with my mama! Bless their hearts:


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