My mom phoned the other day. It turns out that the house next door had sewer issues and there was a crew working there. This is the house where my mom has been keeping an eye out for the owners who live overseas.
The work required that her water be turned off and when it was turned back on, the worker came over to let her know. Somehow, my mom ended up walking next door to see the ongoing work.
She tells me that there was a guy running a small backhoe behind the house. He sees her and says hello, calling her by name. For whatever reason, she chats with this guy even though she isn't sure who he is. Wait, it gets worse. (not terrible worse, but worse)
The guy asks about me, by name. "I'm sure she has lots of kids by now." Mom tells him that I'm very happy, been married 25 years and didn't have kids because I couldn't have them. She tells him I have about ten nieces and nephews and that's enough for me. The guy said to tell me hello.
The guy's name is Mike and he's slender, average height and has dirty blonde hair.
Yeah, she totally had a conversation with my ex-husband. The one whom I have a permanent restraining order against for domestic violence and stalking.
"Mom, did you just have a conversation with my ex-husband?"
Count to twenty before she responds.
"Well, I...hmmm, I'm not sure."
OH FFS, mother. This is where I breathe deep and remind myself that she is eighty years old. And in her defense, she hasn't seem him since early 1990.
She wondered if it could be anyone else. I told her that I didn't date any other Mikes, any Mikes that I do know/have known didn't know her and didn't fit her description. I dated like six guys since I was sixteen so it's not like the process of elimination is difficult.
I even went as far as to scroll through my friends list on the facebook. No one was on the list. I asked Kevin if he can think of anyone he or we know that runs heavy equipment named Mike. No one.
So...yeah. That's not freaky at all.
And yes, he would be bold/dumb enough to talk to my mom like nothing had ever happened.
Kevin was a little taken aback. He knows how crazy the end of the relationship got but he said "It's been twenty six years so chances are, he will forget all about you again." I'm assuming he is right.
An old friend was at the party at my mom's house a few days later. I told him the story and he laughed. "I didn't think he was smart enough to run a backhoe."