What do all of these have in common?
all three passed though my life in a short half hour.
Well, not the SHORTEST half hour I ever spent exactly.
You see, it was time for my Mom and Dad's
cell phone to be upgraded.
They are on my plan,
we are not even going to go into
JWS changing the plan recently
and the bill that ensued.
is just too much for me to wrap my mind around
an experience not worth repeating
once you hear this story that I AM
you can only imagine how bad the
OH MY GOSH, WHAT DID YOU DO TO THE
CELL PHONE BILL ?
story actually is.
So, here we go.
Mom and Dad are here visiting Shawnee,
I think it is the perfect time to upgrade their cell phone.
I have errands to run so I have them meet me
at the Verizon store.
is the very nice employee there
is so kind and helpful...
I really liked her before yesterday,
I think I love her.
We get the new and fancy phone out.
Oh My Gosh,
the keys are on the outside.
Not on the inside
how do you answer that?
After establishing the unreal phenomenon of pushing
to actually answer the phone,
we move on to the key unlock
silencing the phone for
church and doctor's appointments.
(I guess when you are 78 and 80,those are your chief social obligations.)
And by George,
I think they've got it!
(You could say that with a British accent if you would like)
on the second run through...
Eileen is being so patient...
I say to Mom,
"Ok, point to the button that you use to answer the phone."
"Mom, it is SEND!!!!"
Mom says, "I know that but I can't see it."
Now for the conversation from there.
Me: Why can't you see? Where are your glasses?
Mom: They don't work since I had my cataract surgery
Me: When do you go back for glasses?
Mom: One month
Me: Why don't you buy a pair of readers?
Mom: Because the doctor didn't tell me to.
Me: Maybe the doctor just thought you would figure that out,
or maybe he just won't tell you to do that but you have to be able to read or see up close for that month we are going to Walmart to buy you glasses, it is right next door.
Mom: But the doctor....
Me: Everyone has them...you have to get a pair.
Mom: I tried your Dad's they don't work
Eileen: My mom has a pair to match every outfit....
(See why I love her)
off we go to Walmart.
We find the glasses, we test her eyes,
which involves an explanation
of how to wear them after she puts them on
like regular glasses and can't see the signs...
We find a pair that we think will work and she puts them on...
and just to make sure
I grab the first thing at my fingertips that will have print on it...
and that, folks, is how we ended up standing in Walmart
on a Wednesday afternoon
a package of
Stay Free Mini Pads.