“Good morning, Ted, I haven’t seen you for a while.”
“Hi, Dennis, I haven’t been so good lately. I’ve been sick. I phoned my mother. I got all emotional and had to hang up on her. When I got myself together I phoned back and got shit for hanging up. I’ve got to see a doctor about my medication. I told you that she has a big house. She wanted me to visit her. I said, ‘Mom, I don’t have $50.00 to take a taxi. There are no busses that go there.’ She paid for the cab when it arrived. I was pissed off at my brother, he arranged to have a plow clear her driveway, but the lazy ass didn’t clear the sidewalk or the steps. I said, ‘Mom, if the snow isn’t cleared and there’s no light on, thieves will think that the house is vacant and will rob you.’ She complained about the cost of electricity, but agreed to leave a light turned on. There’s no problem with mail piling up because they have a community mailbox.”
I said, “Your mom is in her 80’s isn’t she?”
“She’s 83, but looks about 60. She’s had lifts, nips and tucks. I can see the scars around her ears. I’m worried though, because she doesn’t have the same vitality she had before.
“She owns several apartment buildings. I told her about my eviction notice, so she’s going to have an apartment cleared for me. I don’t know how I feel about that. She has to give the present tenants 90 days notice, but since the apartment is going to a family member there won’t be any legal problems.
“I got a TV. I went to a pawn shop and bought a 19 inch flat screen for $39.00. The one I really wanted was a 36 inch for $130.00, but it didn’t have a remote. What good is that? I don’t want to be getting up every few minutes to change the channel.”
“I agree, if you’re watching television you want to relax.”
Ted reached into his backpack and pulled out a gift box with Italian Panettone printed on it. He said, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with this. Do I cook it?”
“No, it’s already cooked. I’m sure you’ll like it.”
“I’m not so sure. Do you want it?”
“Sure, I’ll take it.”
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