August 13, 2004

Telephones and Toilet Bowls -- A Cautionary Tale

I managed, all by myself, to get my mom home from the hospital on Wednesday and to get her comfortably installed back in her own house. She was happy to be back, although, within 5 minutes of sitting down, the phone rang with the news that one of her dearest friends had died that day. She looked quite diminished by the call when she hung up. As I was leaving, she asked me to have my daughter call her when she got up from her nap. I told her I would.

After the girl child's nap, I gave her the phone and ran out to pick my wife up from work (I had her car for the day). The rest of the story is as told to me by my mother.

The Girl Child and her grandmother had a very pleasant chat until GC told her grandmother that she had to go to the bathroom and her grandmother said that she'd call back later. Well, the GC insisted that she could take the phone with her and my mother just sort of tagged along. Until the GC tried to drown my mother by dropping the phone into the toilet bowl.

When my mother called her back, the GC told her:

"Nanna, I am so embarrassed! That has never happened to me before in my whole life!"

The GC told us about the incident when I returned home with the wife and she concluded her narrative with the words, said very solemnly: "It was a very silly thing to do."

Posted by Random Penseur at August 13, 2004 09:44 AM

I love "whole life" comments from the young, they crack me up everytime.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at August 13, 2004 09:54 AM

That's cute. I like your mother's comment at the end. That's priceless!

Posted by: Mick at August 13, 2004 02:58 PM

At least something funny happened to you after your disasterous week!

Posted by: Hannah at August 14, 2004 09:10 AM

What a wonderful vignette. How sweet AND silly.

Bear, too, is learning embarassment and exclamations.

Did we skip over the part where you had to fish a phone out of the toilet, clean it, see if it was still working, console GC, and find the funny in the whole thing?


Posted by: Elizabeth at August 16, 2004 04:42 PM

Ah, no. We fished it out, determined that the handheld thing is fried, threw it out, and reached into the bank account and bought a new phone.

Posted by: RP at August 16, 2004 04:55 PM

Oh, didn't need to console GC because we weren't upset or angry. She promised not to do it again and that was that. Also, it was a mighty old phone.

Posted by: RP at August 16, 2004 04:58 PM
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