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Wednesday, 11 February 2009

funny mummy

Lol. She does have her moments. Last night was a corker. I went round after work and all went well at first, especially, I think, because we'd had a bit of a breakthrough on Monday night -I was too tired to wash her hair and help her with a shower so instead we chatted on the settee, her head on my shoulder, my head resting lightly on hers. Ahhh.

I digress. So, after tea last night we were taking a breather before the shower when all of a sudden mum said she hadn't seen her watch for ages and started looking for it. One hour later we finally got round to the shower but not without mum's asking me accusingly if I'd had anyone in her home while she was in hospital, rejecting my suggestion that she'd put it somewhere safe and forgotten about it and finally deciding that someone must have been in and stolen it, possibly one of the carers. She felt the loss keenly because a) it was the last present dad bought for her and b) it reminded her of the other watch she'd had stolen in a burglary many years ago - a watch that her Canadian friends and work colleagues in the RAF had bought her at the end of the war, when she was recovering from TB in hospital. That theft still distresses her today because of the sentimental value of the watch.

Shower time passed uneventfully, apart from my getting the front of my shirt soaked while washing mum's hair, although it was odd that she asked me what she was supposed to do with the hand towel I handed her at the end - her routine has always been to dry excess water from her hair and body before getting out of the bath. Her memory really is getting worse - last week she denied ever putting loaves of bread in the freezer to keep fresh, a practice she has followed for at least the last 9 years. By the time I was heading for home, mum was quite cheerful. This lability of mood is a new and welcome thing - in the old days she would have festered over grievances for days.

I had been home about half an hour when the phone rang. A giggly mum informed me that she had found her watch.....under the lid of the sewing machine!


Annie said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time with Mum Monday night. I'm happy for you. I am also happy that she found her watch.

cornbread hell said...

i'm such a sucker for happy endings...