I speak with my 87 year old mother just about every day. Sometimes it is a brief call; other times the conversation can pinball around for more than an hour.
So I’m on the phone with my mother this afternoon and she’s rattling off various tidbits of news. She’s telling me about her card group and their going away luncheon for Margie - a big success.
Then she tells me of a couple of kindnesses done for her by two neighbors.
Then she says: “Oh and Rosie (name changed to protect the innocent - and others) is getting married!” “Oh my goodness!” I exclaimed because Rosie, a friend of my eldest sister, is in her 60’s and has never been married before.
“Yes,” says my mother, “she’s been sober for quite some time now.” Had I been drinking, I would have done a spit-take!
I laughed and told her I wasn’t quite making the connection between the two statements of apparent fact.
Undaunted, my Mom breezed on to say: “And there was also some news about Rosie’s brother. But I can’t quite remember now if he’s gotten sober as well or if he died.”
I suggested we might need just a few more facts before we broadcast any news updates about Rosie’s brother!