Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Magic Word

My Mother The Dowager Duchess is coming home Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. She's been making great strides. She must be feeling better; she's been ordering me around... Even more than usual.

The week after surgery, she commanded, "Pillow!"

I adjusted her pillow.

Then she commanded me to, "Pour out that water. Refill it with ice and fresh."

I asked, "What's the magic word?"

She looked at me curiously — and imperiously — and queried, "Abracadabra?"

I excused all that figuring it was the pain killers and she wasn't responsible for her behavior.

But late last week as I folded a pair of her slacks, she said, "Not like that. Do it right. And refold those T-shirts."

"You know," I said. "You could say 'please.' "

Her response that time: "Why?"

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During Physical Therapy Tuesday, the therapist asked The Dowager Duchess where I was.

My mother told her, "I gave him the day off."

I'll start sharing the photos from my exceptional "day off" later this week.

MY FEET IN THE ATLANTIC.
BELLY-UP CRAB WITH ONE BLUE CLAW.
A QUIET WEEKDAY ON THE BEACH AT CONEY ISLAND.
STILL ROOM FOR ANOTHER KITE OR TWO. 
NOT THE DOWAGER DUCHESS. 
MAYBE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
MY NEW WORKOUT BUDDIES?
ON SECOND THOUGHT.
THE GUY AT LEFT COULD MAKE HIS TATTOOS DANCE.
(AND I COULD HAVE LIVED WITHOUT SEEING IT.)


Hocus Pocus... This was me before my day off.

9 comments:

  1. You are very well-trained, Mitchell!! Just like we are/were!! Goes with the territory I guess.
    Good to hear all is getting back to 'normal'.

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  2. You know they appreciate it, but a thank you every now and then doesn't hurt.

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  3. Very interesting photos today :)
    Abracadabra

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  4. Glad you had a day off - with permission, of course! I can just imagine you yodeling in frustration before the day off. And what good news that DD will be going home next week! Will she need to have home healthcare to continue her rehab?

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  5. Don't you know that parents believe in the saying "Do as I say, not as I do?". After all your Mother has been through I guess she can be forgiven for forgetting her manners ;-)

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  6. seeing that Crab Laying in that dark Coney island, Atlantic Ocean sand.. is very Familiar looking....

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  7. My new magic word is honorificabilitudinitatibus. Just get it right.

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  8. Bahahaha I love your mother!!

    And I am jealous of the flexibility of those youngsters.

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