7 January 2018 – Amusements
Now that they are retired, my mother and father are discussing all aspects of their future. “What will you do if I die before you do?” Dad asked Mom.
After some thought, she said that she’d probably look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who might be a little younger than herself, since she is so active for her age.
Then Mom asked Dad, “What will you do if I die first?”
He replied, “Probably the same thing.”
Early in their marriage, my Dad did something really stupid. My Mom chewed him out for it. He apologised, they made up.
However, from time to time, my mom mentions what he had done. “Honey,” my Dad finally said one day, “why do you keep bringing that up? I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget.’
“It is,” she said. “I just don’t want you to forget that I’ve forgiven and forgotten.”
Working for a paediatrician calls for stifling a chuckle from time to time. When a frantic mother phoned to tell us her baby had a high temperature of 102, we had to know whether she was taking the reading under the arm, in the mouth or elsewhere.
So we asked, “How are you taking it?”
Her reply, “Oh, I’m holding up pretty well!”