The house was quiet. Grace and Megan were off doing their “after home school” decompression activities – Grey’s Anatomy, nails, Tik Toking. Billy had taken the pooch our for a walk. He had insisted on taking her, “I’ve been inside all day. I’LL take her!” He proclaimed emphatically. Hannah was en-route home from her day trip to UVM to retrieve her belongings. The house was quiet.
I picked up the phone, it was time to check in with my Mom. “Hello.” Her voice steady and calm. I knew she knew it was me. Caller ID. I skipped the “Hello” myself and went right in, “Well, I knew you wouldn’t be out playing cards!” “Ohhh no! No, no, no. No cards for me.”
We both laughed, reconnected, shared a few stories when my mother, mid sentence, said “Oh, oh…your sister, your sister is trying to call.” “When it rains it pours Mom!” I said. She paused, “I’ll just call her back.” I responded with a wee bit of sarcasm, “You’re so busy, don’t forget. Or better yet, put that on your “I’m Stuck at Home List’ for tomorrow!” I heard a slight chuckle.
Then, “Ohhh…” (my mother likes to say “Oh”) “Jane wants to Face Time. Oh. I missed it.” We were no longer in a conversation. She was narrating the happenings.
“Wait. Mom. You can Face Time her back.” I reengaged her in our conversation. “How do I do that?” I walked her through the simple steps and next thing I know I heard my sister voice. But that didn’t last long. Someone hung up on someone.
“Hold on, Mom. We can do this.” So, at this point, I had the landline to my ear with my Mom on the other end and I grabbed my cell phone to Face Time my sister. Once I had Jane on the screen, I tried to get my mom on Face Time. I’ll admit, I yelled for assistance and Grace came to my rescue.
Next thing I knew, I had my mother and sister on Face Time and we start chatting away. “Wait!” I yelled, laughing at the ridiculousness I had just discovered. “Wait, Mom!” I start laughing so hard, I could barely speak. “Wait, Mom, we can hang up our phones now! We DO NOT need to be on the phone while on Face Time.”
“Ohhhhh…yes, yes, I can see that now!”
And we hung up.