This post originally ran on 3/22/14. It falls loosely into the Angie re-run category, but since I am the boss of the blog and make the rules, I am labeling it thusly.
the ability to convey meaning through the use of inflexion
Angie used to call frequently and leave messages on my voice mail at work or the answering machine at home. They always went something like this:
"Carol, it's your mother, call me right away".
She never qualified the nature of the emergency that required a call back ASAP. But I always got the idea that it was SERIOUS because of the tone of her voice. Mothers are experts at cultivating the ability to convey meaning through the use of inflexion.
I will admit to getting darn irritated when she would call and leave these messages at 7am on Saturday or while Chris and I were right in the middle of eating supper.
So... when I saw this window display the other day I felt like I had received a message from Angie. I think she was letting me know she had landed at her destination and was figuring out how to use the new communication system. If she holds true to form, I suspect this will be the first of many messages.
2017 update: I can happily report that the messages have indeed continued. Sometimes in dreams, sometimes when I find words coming out of my mouth that she said, or sometimes when I inexplicably do something she used to do - like this morning when one of the Harvey boys meowed at the back door, and I went outside with my coffee, and I stuck my finger in my cup to see if he wanted a taste, which he did, exactly like she used to do with her dogs Moxie and Foxie. Go ahead, roll your eyes. I know it's ridiculous. I didn't mean to do it. It just happened. On Mother's Day.