An Afternoon With My Mother

Mom and I went Christmas shopping yesterday afternoon, it was "educational"...

First off, she drove. Never, Never let me say it again...NEVER going to happen again. It took all of my will-power not to speak up, cringe or grab the wheel. We almost hit at least 4 parked cars because she was driving too close to them. I won't even go into detail on how long she waited to apply the brakes at a stop light.........

Quick Note: My dad claims she is going "mad" and he is very serious and almost scary when he talks about it. I still think he is being a bit over dramatic.

Okay, we get in the store (Kmart) and she wants to look in the toy department for the boys. We get some stuff and then I see the Leap Pad stuff. Alec got one last year and is just starting to play with it. So I pick out "A Wocket in My Pocket" and show her. She agrees and she puts it in the basket.

We go up and down a few more isles and then she says "What about the leap pad books?"
"Mom, we just put it in the basket. Remember?"
"No we didn't." She starts going thru the basket.
"Yes mom we did, it's right here." I show her the book and she just looks at me and gets behind the basket and pushes on.

We went down the snow boot isle to get Ashton some snow boots and we see the adorable, pink sparklie, white fur lined snow boots. I picked them up and said "Aren't these precious?"

"They remind me of your pink snow suit when you were a baby." Mom said
"These are bigger than a baby size, but yeah they do look like they would match."
"I want a grand daughter, I want to buy girl things"
"What do you want me to do mom??? Go to a sperm bank and make a withdrawl?"
"Your father would die.....does your insurance cover that?"

I just looked at her. Why did I say that??? Great now I put an idea in her head!!!!

The rest of the time goes okay, then we get to the check out. I put the stuff she is buying on the counter and she is behind the basket and my stuff is still in the basket.

I said "Okay, all of your stuff is up there." She starts pushing the basket forward.
"Mom, my stuff is still in there. Just come up here and pay." She pushes the basket forward again. "Mom, leave the basket there and come up to the counter."

"I swear, you and your father treat me like I am retarded."

You would be so proud. I didn't say a word!!!

I think she fades in and out of her stable mental state. Anything not "usual" can throw her for a loop. But at work she does great and at home too. I just worry about her in public, there are so many people out there that could, and probably would, take advantage of her.

Then I had another "white knuckle" car experience on the way home.


Blogger Aiden Witmore said...

oh my god! im almost the same way with my grandmother!
she gets mad because people are stupid, no one can find what she's looking for, she cant find what she's looking for. the people who are helping her are rude or stupid or annoying or all of the above at once. (it was a home depot expierence that was not pleasent.)
she drives like, 10 miles under the speed limit, so i sit watching the spedomiter (sp?) when i go places with her, willing her to speed the heck up.
and oh my god....i love going places with her. she's fun to hang out with. it's the driving that i dont like. she's too slow.

11/27/2005 4:25 PM  
Blogger drama mama said...

My mom always makes me drive! We went to what we thought was a Arts and Crafts show at the Civic Center on Sat. It was table after table of Navajo jewelry. Very nice, but spensive! No Crafts!

I left a catalog at my mom's and also your soup! Stop by on your way home tomorrow!

11/27/2005 10:21 PM  
Blogger Dubs said...

LOLOLOL Oh dear, I'm afraid this will be me and my mom in just a few years. Her mind is going to quickly and I feel too young for that... and as for the driving... I felt that way as ateenager so I can not imagine how I'll feel in ten or so years. Ugg.. LOL thanks for always making me laugh girl. Cheers.

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