Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Ringy-Dingy...

Not sure what made me stumble upon this post, but it made me smile (again), so I thought I'd share it. It was originally published in 2009.


This email from my sister Michelle was so wonderful, I had to get permission (from her and from Mom) to post it here. She wrote it to my siblings after taking Mom to a doctor appt. For the record, Mom is fine, but she's been having some trouble breathing (maybe a touch of pneumonia), so they wanted her to come in for some tests. [Logan and Caden are Michelle's boys.] From the email...

I ended up taking Mom to her breathing test today. I'm sure glad I did; she is such a hoot! I love how she can just talk to total strangers and instantly put smiles on their faces. Her outlook and attitude are so inspiring, as you all know. When I got there, right away, we entered the elevator with two other women. One of the women pushes the button for the second floor and Mom says, "OK - I'll let you drive, as long as you don't get us lost." What an awesome quality to have - the ability to make a stranger laugh. Many people will just enter an elevator and stare up at the numbers, feeling awkward.

Maybe Logan has Mom's elevator skills. I remember years ago, when Dad had his heart attack.  The boys and I were heading up to see him in the hospital elevator. Logan was about 4 years old at the time.  A stranger in the elevator with us wasn't holding onto the hand railing inside. Logan sternly said, "You better hold on to that; you're gonna fall down and crack your head open!!"


They had Mom get into this breathing box thing...

A usual, Mom was full of jokes. The best was when she first got in; the first thing she said was, "Now, am I allowed to make a long distance phone call?" That was a real LOL! She told me to tell Logan and Caden that she tried to call them, but they didn't answer. 

So, yeah, don't worry about Mom. If her sense of humor is any indication, she'll be fine. 

[Update: Yes, she was/is fine.]


  1. I love it! I wish I could always have someone like her in the elevator with me. lol

  2. Your mom teaches each person she comes in contact with to see each person with clear eyes. Her gift of humor is awesome. I know the awkward posturing in an elevator, and from now on I am going to "play mom" with strangers.

    So glad she is doing well.

  3. Sometimes I'll say something to a stranger in the elevator, but not usually other than perhaps commenting on the weather. Your mom is a sweet lady!

  4. Gosh I want to be like that. I hope that when I make it to my 60+ that I will have a great sense of humor and a positive outlook. I'm guessing I have to work on that now.

  5. haha it's so fun to have such a sense of humor like that.

  6. Elsie is an original and we all get to enjoy her through the tales of her kids.

    A merry heart is as good as medicine, the Proverbs say. I guess she's the proof of that adage!

  7. Your mom's sense of humor is a gift and I'm very glad you love to share her gift with us, thanks. From reading your blog I believe humor can be found in most of your family.
    You mentioned re-posting so I searched and found the original post but it didn't have any comments (probably lost from switching between whatever?) so I'm not sure if I had read it before. The picture of your mom looked familiar. great post and worth a re-post

  8. Everybody duck...flyin' under the radar but I had to drop by when I saw your sweet Mama. I simply adore her sweet take on life.

    We just moved my MIL into assisted care Monday. Brand new and I decorated it just cute as a button. I want to move in and have meals, laundry and housekeepin'. Well maybe not ya'll know how I love to clean.

    Deep Clean Friday hasn't happen for a month now. I know...what is this world commin' to??? I've been cleanin' out her big old farm house. OOoooooh, the things she collected livin' there 65 years!

    God bless and have a glorious day!!!!

    Give Mom a big squeeze and a kiss on those happy cheeks for me. :o)

  9. Thanks for re-incarnating this one. Love it.


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