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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

This just in...

I'm not dead in a ditch.

When we were out of touch with our Mom for more than a couple of days we'd always get a call which began like this.

Me: Hello?

Mom: Oh good you aren't dead in a ditch some where. I was wondering.

Me: I called on Sunday.

Mom: You didn't tell me you were going any where.

Me: I didn't go any where. Just work.

Mom: You didn't call your mother.

Me: Mom, it's only Wednesday.

Mom: I used to...

Me: I know. You called your Mother *insert sing song voice* EVERY day.

Mom: Well... *voice full of expectation and innuendo*

Me: *sigh* I'm sorry. I got busy.

Mom: I just wanted to make sure you weren't dead in a ditch somewhere. So tell me...how are my grandchildren.

And so it went. You just learned to call every couple of days to "check in" so Mom wouldn't think you were dead in a ditch some where. Now that's some awesome Mom power. Isn't it?

So, just checking in. I'm not dead in a ditch.



Blogger Holly said...

Haha! I make all the girls check in with me, too, so I know THEY aren't dead in a ditch somewhere. Glad I'm not the only one.

And I'm glad you're alive. :)

8:44 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Holland, dang, that's impressive Mom mojo. Do they listen and call?

9:17 PM PDT  
Blogger Holly said...

Most of the time, yes. Daphne got herself in trouble not too long for not calling me. You should ask her about it. I really thought she was dead in a ditch somewhere. LOL

9:19 PM PDT  
Blogger Wendy said...

Your Mom was way more strict than my Mom. It was different when I was living at home (naturally), but since I've been out on my own she usually gives me a week. If she hasn't heard from me by Day 10, I get a phone call that usually starts out with "We haven't talked to you in AGES!" To avoid these calls I've made it a long standing practice (since my college days) to check in with the folks every Sunday.....

10:01 PM PDT  
Blogger Sam said...

Hahhhaha!! Are your mom and mine related?
Are you dead in a ditch sounds like something she'd say, lol. Thank goodness for cheap phone calls - otherwise we'd both be broke by now. And thankfully I have a blog she can read to make sure I'm still alive.

12:55 AM PDT  
Blogger nath said...

I think it's just natural from moms :D but I'm glad to know you're still alive!!

See, I always wondered... if something happens to one of us, how are we going to know?

4:03 AM PDT  
Blogger sula said...

lol! Well it's nice of you to check in on the blog too. :)

As for mom's, I have an odd independent non-traditional relationship with my folks. I went to a boarding school from grade 2-10 and they were out in a jungle village and the only communication we had was letters once or twice a semester. So I'm not at all in the habit of needing to talk to them regularly (or having them expect me to). Now they live in England. They call like once every month or so. I think I would go batshit insane if I had to come up with small talk to fill more frequent calls than that. lol.

4:51 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Holly, oooooh, yeah, I'm gonna ask!

Wendy, ya know...the odd thing about my Mom was the further away you lived the fewer calls you had to make. Weird? Since we lived in the same town she wanted to hear from me (if she could) every day. When I lived in another state once a week was fine. I called on Sundays too.

Sam, my Mom loved throwing the "dead in a ditch" line at us. Since her death when one of the sibs is out of touch for too long we use it on each other. In fact I did with one of my brothers over the weekend. We always know when we hear it that we've been out of touch for too long.

Nath, you are a natural for a Mom! You already think like one. I would hope that anyone who blogs faithfully would have a family member go on to their blog and let people know something had happened. It's terrible when someone just disappears.

Sula, now that sounds like an interesting story growing up! One thing about my family is that it is so darn huuuuuge that we always had plenty of fodder for conversation. Fortunately it was also helpful diverting Mom's attention from something you didn't want to talk about. Heheheh.

6:30 AM PDT  
Blogger ames said...

LOL It's good to know you're not dead in a ditch. :P

7:15 AM PDT  
Blogger Becky said...

Glad to know you're still alive and kickin', lol.

Good thing for blogging, as now my mom just checks that daily. I used to get the whole, "Glad you finally decided to let your old mom know you were still alive..." routine, but that was usually after a week or so.

10:51 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenster said...

Whew!! Good to know. Even if the thought never crossed my mind. lol

11:43 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Ames, nope, no ditch, just work...lots and lots of work.

Becky, I'll probably totally steal this and use it on my boys. We already use it so much with sibs, etc. Mom Power!!

Jenster, well one nevers knows, does one?

5:09 PM PDT  
Blogger Daphne said...

Hey Rosie girl! I miss you, and whew, glad to hear you're not dead in a ditch somewhere. Your mom story cracks me up.

A lot of my friends mother me, and sometimes it drives me nuts, but I know it's because they care. I always get the "text me when you get home so I know you made it back" speech from friends. And yes, Holly got pissed at me when I didn't do that a few months ago. Oops.

10:54 PM PDT  
Blogger Holly said...

Hey, are you trying to say I get on your nerves??? LOL

10:57 PM PDT  
Blogger CindyS said...

Woohoo!! I'm not dead in a ditch either!

I'm one of those friends who asks that you call when you get home so I know you got there. I had a friend say 'uh, no, I'll completely forget and then you'll get upset'. Funny enough I was okay with that answer ;)

My mother doesn't call me and I don't really call her. I started to call her more now that my dad is working a half a world away so she's alone more. My hubby can't believe that my parents only live 5 minutes away and they wouldn't drop in on us if their hair was on fire and we had the only hose in the area.


12:19 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Cindy, Moms are a complicated business whether you are one (a Mom) or the kid. Glad to know you aren't in a ditch either!

6:47 PM PDT  
Blogger Dev said...

My best friend and I do that also ~ if we haven't heard from each other for awhile I'll call or she will just to make sure one of us hadn't fallen into a chasm somewhere :-)

My mom, however, calls everyday.

7:01 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Dev, my Mom preferred we touch base every day. When I was a SAHM it wasn't such a big deal, but when you are working and have kids sometimes it was a nightmare trying to fit in a call. Cell phones made it so much easier because I could make a quick call in the morning while driving to work.

8:23 AM PDT  

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