Every now and then we ask Mom a question just to see what she would say…
How many boyfriends do you have?
She held up three fingers. Unfortunately for us voyeurs she didn’t elaborate.
Another day she was a little more talkative. I asked her “How are you?”
She was in a combative mood, “Do you want me to tell you what you have to do?” She laughed, and then became stern. When asked to continue, she became wordless and couldn’t elaborate.
Often she is lost for words. “How are you today?” may elicit a shake of the head. But she always smiles.
What do you mean by shaking your head? Are you good or not good?
I’m good, she will say.
What have you been doing?
I’ve been reading. I read the average, she said, waving at where the newspaper is…