I talk to my mom about once a month. With everything going on here, more time lapsed than is normal or acceptable so I phoned her today.
We waded through the whole half my family remains anti-vaxxers and that we would not be participating in family gatherings until that changes. She understands and sympathizes so that's good.
At one point, I expressed frustration with my family coming around her "Because you are 85 Years Old."
She paused for a beat. "Actually. I'm Eighty Six and A HALF." she states. OMG, She made me laugh. It was like talking to the littles when they were young enough that the "And a half" matters.
But that's not even the best part. Now, positive calls with my mom are rare and it started rocky because of the family.
She mentioned plans for Thanksgiving. She is making my anti-vax family do Covid testing before they're allowed in the house. *mic drop* Good job keeping yourself alive, mom.
Still not the best part.
She was telling me that she had just bought the turkey because the news is saying that everything is getting more difficult to come by and more expensive. I encouraged her that it was a good idea.
AND THEN SHE SAYS
"Do you know what I found? I was in the boxed goods aisle and they have stuffing that COMES IN A BOX."
She didn't know that boxed stuffing was a thing. It was a GAME CHANGER for her. I mentioned "You can have stuffing in JULY, mom." She LIT UP. "You know what I do? I get baked chicken from the deli and then I make stuffing and have myself a good little dinner."
She was so pleased. SO PLEASED.
But how does one live on this earth for Eighty Six and A HALF years and not know about boxed stuffing?