Mom: I heard you.
Me: I wanted to tell you about how I actually wrote a book that I dedicated to you.
Mom: I know! I was touched. I’m so happy! I’ve been sending you Angle Bumps!
Me: I’ve been getting so overwhelmed lately, I need a cup of tea with you, like old times.
Mom: Boil the water and use the English Breakfast tea we like. You’ll feel calmer. Then we can chat.
Me: Seriously, Mom. I get so frazzled I want to cry. I have, in fact. I feel like I’m losing it.
Mom: I know. I’ve seen you. Slow down. I‘ve told you this before.
Me: If only you could give me some advice.
Mom: I just did. Are you listening? We’re going to need more tea!
Me: I’ve been asking God, the Blessed Mother, St Anthony and a bunch of others for help.
Mom: St Anthony is hiding from you. You’ve worn the man out. Just slow down, Anne.
Me: Mom, I wish we had time right now.
Mom: I’ve got time. I’m right here, right now.
Me: If only you could hear me. This tea does remind me of our times in my kitchen with Entenmenn’s coffee cake and tea.
I should go buy some coffeecake. Wait! What was I telling you, Mom?
Mom: This is why St Anthony is hiding. Slow down and breathe a few deep breaths. I’m right here.
Me: There’s so much I need to tell you.
Mom: I’ll brew the tea. You start talking.
Me: I miss my mom.
Mom: I’m right here. I always have been. I always will be.
Me: I think I’ll have another cup of tea.
Mom: I’ll take sugar and milk in mine. You better pick up two coffee cakes. This could be a long morning.