All posts tagged: reitrement

Sequestering.

“Ma, can you hear me better now?” “What?” Evidently not. “Ma,” I said, “can you hear me better? I got a new phone and it should have better sound.” “Well, I guess so.” She didn’t sound convinced and I could hear her phone shuffling around. We talked for a bit. The WideEyedDad’s birthday is coming up. They’re still unpacking 40 years’ worth of giant Victorian house Attic Stuff into their Retirement Bungalow. There are, as you might expect, frustrations in the process. Treasures rediscovered. Rediscovered and not to be disposed of. One family’s trash, same family’s treasure. So, birthdays are tricky. The last thing a retirement bungalow needs is more Stuff. At a certain point I lost my mom’s attention. I heard the phone shuffle again and her voice was distant, “They’re here,” she called. “What, oh, ok. They’re here!” I could hear my dad’s voice arriving and passing by. “What do you think they want?” he asked. He sounded a little excited, tone high and lifted. “Probably it’s your new SIM card,” my mom said. She …