I arrived home and immediately called my brother and relayed the conversation that occurred between Mom and I during the day. Thankfully, he said he would deal with it on his way home.
I breathed a sigh of relief. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to see Mom, in fact, it was the opposite, but I wasn’t sure I had the patience or energy to deal with her concerns. I didn’t want to make it any worse then it already seemed. The phone rang as I poured myself a cold beer.
‘Hello’? I said
‘Hi Paula, it’s Mom, I was wondering what time your friend is coming to visit tomorrow?’ Mom asked.
At that moment, I paused, how the heck did she remember that Andrea was visiting tomorrow? I flashed back to our conversation this afternoon where I could not figure out what she had been talking about, and now, this???
‘Ah, I said, 2 p.m., why?’
‘Oh just wondering, I was going to vacuum and do a bit of laundry and wanted to make sure I had everything done before your friend arrives’, she said quite calmly and ‘normal’.
‘Everything okay Mom?’ I said hesitantly.
‘Yes, why are you asking?’
‘No reason, ummm, I think I’m going out for dinner with friends tonight just in case you call and I’m not home’, I said.
‘Ok dear, have fun, don’t drink too much and get home safely’ she said cheerily.
‘Sure, talk to you tomorrow?’ I said.
‘Have a good night, and see you tomorrow’, Mom said.
Now, that was strange… I thought, or was I the one losing it? Our conversation was like the old days. There didn’t seem to be any confusion on her part AND she remembered about Andrea’s visit tomorrow! All I could do was shake my head and take a swig of beer.
I changed my clothes, called my friends and we made plans for a late dinner at a nearby pub.
We arrived (Mark and I) at the pub, found a table, ordered a pitcher of draft, and waited for our friends.
‘Everything okay?’ Mark asked.
‘I don’t know. This afternoon Mom called me at work and was not making any sense, I became angry with her and she proceeded to slam the phone down and hang up on me. Then when I arrived home, she called me and seemed fine. She never mentioned our conversation this afternoon, AND remembered Andrea was dropping by for a visit tomorrow’, I said.
‘You want to go over tonight and see if she is okay?’ Mark said in a caring voice.
‘No, I am not sure I could deal with her, and besides my brother is going to be with her tonight’.
‘Good, try to forget about it and have some fun tonight’, he said.
Smiling I said ‘I’ll do my best!’
Suddenly our friends arrived and it was like old times. It was nice to not worry and have a distraction from what would prove to be the longest roller coaster ride in history.