Mickey doesn't call!
When each of us left the nest, she gave us the same speech. "Don't expect to hear from me. I don't meddle in my kids lives. If you need me, you know where to find me".
She was true to her word!
On the rare occasions that she did call, it was usually to tell us someone was dead.
Friday night, my phone rang. I answered it and it was Mickey. My first inclination was to say "Who's Dead?" but I didn't.
Mickey: Roger, it's your Mother, I missed you so I called. (She laughs)
Me: Now that's funny Mickey. What's wrong?
Mickey: Why are you asking what's wrong? Nothing's wrong, I missed you. (She laughs)
Me: You saw me last night, and you never call me Mickey, what's wrong?
Mickey: Well, you know how I was coughing and bringing up all the phlegm, I didn't sleep all night and it was worse this morning.
Me: You didn't sleep because you were too excited about kicking my A$$ at cards.
Mickey: (She laughs) Ron took me to the doctor. He checked everything and then sent me to the hospital for some tests and a chest x-ray.
Me: Are you at the hospital now? Did they admit you?
Mickey: No, we got home around 5:00, but we were gone all day.
Me: So, what did they tell you at the hospital?
Mickey: Well at first they thought congestive heart failure again, then they thought fluid in my lungs since I'm having a hard time breathing. Turns out I have bronchitis and they gave me a prescription for antibiotics and a breathing machine I have to use four times a day. I have to go back to my doctor next week.
Me: Well bronchitis is the lesser of all the evils Mick, don't you think?
Mickey: Oh yeah......so that's it, I just called you because I didn't want you to worry.
Me: Well thanks for calling Mickey, I'm not the least bit worried, as long as you do what they told you to do.
Are you worried?
Mickey: Who me? Worry? No, I'm not worried.
I think she lied!
Yeah, okay, maybe I lied too!
So why do you think Mickey called?