Modern technology is grand.
Got my first telephone headset with built-in
speed dial in 1986.
First number programmed in was for my Mom.
Twenty years ago, when I moved from Ohio to
SoCal, took that phone with me with Mom's
number still programmed in it.
For those 20 years, once a week would punch
in "*9", the phone would ring, and then the
"Hello" from my mother's voice could be heard.
She would always comment that I sounded like
I was just outside her window rather than the
2,500+ miles it actually was.
If I failed to call on time, could expect to find a
voice mail from Mom when I got home, just
"checking in" to see if I was "All-Right" since
she hadn't heard from me.
She had a serious accident in 01/2007 and had to
move to a nursing home, a move she reluctantly
Her phone went with her, including the same
number she has had for more than 40+ years.
Our weekly telephone visits continued, but with
increasing difficulty as her hearing diminished.
On 04/21/2008, Mom turned 103. and it's as if
she had summoned the energy to strike one last
hash mark on the wall and then said, "I'm done".
I was fortunate enough to get back to Ohio to
be with her this past week end when cashed in
her hand and peacefully retired "*9".
You had a good run Ma, you left it all on that
playing field we call "Life".
Somehow, there will be another way to stay in