aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

What a way to start the day

My father's cousin Iola has died. She was 95. The funeral is in Anderson on Thursday. I could go, but I'm swamped. I will send flowers.

This event occasioned a call from my sister Kathleen, which is always a trial. I'm glad she told me about Iola's death, but my sister is one of those who can't figure out how to end a conversation. Nor can she resist giving information one is already is possession of, advice one does not need, criticism for not visiting her, not-so-subtle hints that she wants said visits to be solo (i.e., without my wife), and on and on. She will talk until something forces an end to the conversation -- in my case this morning, an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Thank God she doesn't have my cell phone number.

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