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Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:47 PM

I'm cracking up about my mother. 89 in 1 month. And funny without even trying.

Here she is, a couple of months ago, soaking up sun.



So I have this wonderful alert ancient mother, whose body is falling apart while she learns more to sharpen her mind all the time. She lives in Germany. Thanks to a company called Tel 3 I can call her once a day and let her talk as long as she wants and it never costs me more than about 25 bucks a month total.
In our daily talks our subjects run the gamut of EVERYTHING,
and as she is in a room living alone in a supervised facility she has a lot of time to read. So I make suggestions. She is known in her neighborhood bookstore as the old lady who comes in and inquires about American books and if they have been translated. They love to assist her. The clerks, as are the clerks in most all German stores, are highly trained to assist customers. They go through long term training, get accredited, and then make a liveable wage.

I do say this to show up what we are NOT DOING here, and to prove that these guys like their work, and don't just thumb their nose at an ancient lady on a walker who requests the unusual.

Having set you up, here is what happened in the last two days.

I started reading "The Hunger Games". I told her that it's way out there when it comes to her reading experience, but why not try something new and futuristic? Plus, there is book one. And if she does not like it she does not have to buy books two and three. And if she does like it there is more to look forward to.

So I spell " Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games - (say, maybe it's called Hunger Spiele) and let it go.

Next day she says she's got it.
That the clerks thought that it may not be her cup of tea, that it's kind of a children's book. But she stiffened and said her daughter was no longer a child and said America was crazy about it. All ages. And she wanted to read it now.

Here comes what cracked me up.

She said,

"I put down the book and was really happy to get started reading. But first I picked up "Der Spiegel" and what did I see? A two page spread on that a woman named Susan Collins, a Republican, and another woman, Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat, helped solve the crisis that shut down the government in America.
Now I want to know the utter co-incidence of a woman who wrote such a best seller like this Hunger Games, and then solves America's most current problems too. She must be a Genius. That's an incredible thing. I could not believe my eyes."

Well,
I could not believe my ears, and had to set her straight. She was disappointed, but had to laugh, too.

I hope you find it funny to participate in a little levity between the continents when things aren't so funny/chummy between our countries for other reasons.

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Reply I'm cracking up about my mother. 89 in 1 month. And funny without even trying. (Original post)
Mira Oct 2013 OP
riderinthestorm Oct 2013 #1
Cerridwen Oct 2013 #2
Mira Oct 2013 #6
elleng Oct 2013 #3
sheshe2 Oct 2013 #4
Triana Oct 2013 #5
Control-Z Oct 2013 #7
niyad Oct 2013 #8
Gormy Cuss Oct 2013 #9
KT2000 Oct 2013 #10
bravenak Oct 2013 #11
NBachers Oct 2013 #12
Douglas Carpenter Oct 2013 #13

Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:51 PM

1. Great story! K&R nt

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:51 PM

2. Thank you for this funny and irreverent post.

You make my heart sing...and cry...and sing.

Cherish your mom.

Give her a hug for me, please.

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Response to Cerridwen (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:03 AM

6. Thanks, Cerridwen, I will pass it on - the internet(s)

are still a mystery to her, one I try to explain without much response reflected in her eyes.
She is plenty sharp that if I lived nearby and could take time I would set her up with a simple system so she could learn to google stuff and have questions answered and do email.
But - alas - I don't live nearby.

Yet I have a brother who can show her this thread and she will feel both funny and famous.
Unless some stuff develops in the answers that I need to protect her from.
I'm smiling, but I'm serious.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:55 PM

3. Great to see and hear about your mother, Mira.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:57 PM

4. K&R!

For your mom, Mira~

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

5. Wow. I can understand her confusion!

That's a pretty interesting coincidence and easy to understand how she'd have assumed it was the same person.

I love that the clerks in the German bookstores are so well trained and so well-paid. I wish we did do that here!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:24 AM

7. Your story made me smile!

Thank you for sharing it with us!! Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:55 AM

8. k and r--thank you for sharing a bit of this remarkable woman with us. hugs to you and her.

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Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:58 AM

9. Wait until she finds out that the author of "The Shining" is a RW congressman from Iowa.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 01:15 AM

10. Ah - that is sweet!

That S. Collins is really busy these days.
And good for your mom - she sounds like a good egg.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 01:16 AM

11. Your mom is so sweet and charming.

I really think I'd like her.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 02:18 AM

12. I want to be just like your mom when I turn into a "Real Grownup."

This is a perfect example of how all elders should be treated.

Beats the hell out of using us as chum for the corporate/medical/political sharks.

I'm sure you've thought about a Kindle; what do you think?

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 02:46 AM

13. I had a best friend named Susan Collins when I was when I was 3-8 y/old and living in a village

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in upstate New York. Or Susie Collins as everyone called her at the time. I must admit, when I first heard about Sen. Susan Collins I did look up her biography just to see if there was any possibility this could be my childhood friend. Of course it wasn't - but it was worth checking.

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