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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Crisis Averted


One of my sons married a beautiful woman with two daughters who is a few years older than he is--just a few. They are coming up on their ninth anniversary this fall, and all seems to be going well for the two of them and their 4 kids.
Last year, my daughter-in-law complained of severe headaches. Aspirin, Excedrin and other over-the-counter products didn't seem to help so she made an appointment with her physician. After a thorough exam, he recommended that she have an MRI. This was getting scary. I began to worry. A few days after the MRI, she called me and asked, in a voice close to tears, "Did Jason tell you?"


My heart dropped to my shoes! I'm thinking brain tumor or aneurysm--both of which can be life threatening. In my mind's eye, I'm picturing my son, a widower, devastated by the loss of the wife he adores; my motherless grandkids--all horrible thoughts. I held my breath and answered, "No, Jason, didn't tell me anything. What is it?


There was a pregnant pause, then I heard an intake of breath which may or may not have been a sob.


"I have to get bifocals!"


Uncontrolled gales of laughter escaped before I could contain myself. I'm sure the news was traumatic--an affirmation of the fact that she was, indeed, born a few years before her husband. I was too relieved that it was nothing serious to commisserate!

11 comments:

Cunning_Linguist said...

I kinda did the same thing whern I was a kid. I sat my father down and asked if we could have a talk. I told him maybe I was in little trouble. I met a girl, we liked each other fine. Maybe more than we should have. Then I let it go silent for about a good solid count of 10 and just about as he was gonna say something I said "I'm only kidding. I need 10 bucks for gas. Can I have it?"

Sure, it was cruel but if I just asked for the 10 bucks he'd have said no without listening to me first. :)

Eva Gallant said...

In this case she was truly upset and almost in tears to think she needed bifocals. I couldn't help laughing in relief... there are so many things much worse than having to wear bifocals.

Canadian Blend said...

Bifocals... I wonder if she'll go for bifocal contacts (is that what they're called?). Mine are as big as manhole covers.

Entrepreneur Chick said...

I did NOT see that coming! (Aww, geez. Next time you see her, you're going to slap her just a little, right?)

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Stacey said...

I can't believe she did that to you!

Stopping by from SITS.

Happy friday!

Nikella said...

You had me worried for a minute! What a funny blog!

The Redhead Riter said...

Thank goodness that is all it was that gave her headaches!

Eileen said...

Visiting from SITS! what a scare you had! Thank God bifocals are her only problem. Love your writing!

Little Nut Tree said...

Here from SITS. That made me laugh. Poor lady, I guess it is distressing but I would have been relieved like you.

Peterson Family said...

Stopping in from SITS...that was sooo funny (not for her though!). Thanks for sharing it and making me laugh out loud this morning!!