My mom is easy to make happy. Brunch, dinner, shopping (window shopping), a movie or a new plant will usually make her day. Every now and then we make time some of this and have a mother/daughter date.
Her favorite thing to do is watch a good movie. You can count on her to go watch a movie with you when no one else wants to go. Especially if it’s 3-D. She loves everything 3-D so much that she is always planning for the day that we get a 3-D television.
By planning, I mean she hoards the movie theater glasses. I cannot for the life of me get her to put those glasses in the recycle bin. Her first argument is that we paid for them so we need to keep them. Her next argument is, “Mí híja! We need them for when we get a 3-D TV!”
“But mom, if we buy a 3-D TV, it will come with glasses.” I try to reason, “They don’t all work the same, just put them in the recycle bin.”
Mom gets angry every time I try to get her to give up those glasses. She bought them and she’s keeping them.
Now if I were to tell my friend Kaye Kaye about the 3-D glasses issue, she’d say, “Come on Sylvia, if it makes her happy, what’s wrong with letting her keep the glasses.”
Kaye Kaye always makes good sense and it’s the advice she gave when mom wanted to fill the house and yard with fake plants a few years ago. I gave in on that one, and surprisingly she got tired of the fake plants and learned to care of real ones. So maybe 3-D glasses won’t be a problem, right?
One day, we headed out for one of our mother/daughter outings. As soon as we left the driveway, our usual conversation began.
“What are we doing mom?”
She drives and shrugs, “I don’t know, mí híja, what do you want to do?”
I decide, “Let’s eat first. What do you want to eat?”
Another shrug, “What do YOU want to eat?”
If you’ve ever been on a date you know this conversation. It’s not one I expect to have with mom, but maybe this conversation is not limited to just boyfriends and girlfriends.
This time the conversation was different, though, because mom kept getting distracted from the normal script with complaints about her eyes.
“I think I need to see a doctor mí híja. My eyes are hurting me today.”
I ask “How so?” As I stare out the passenger window looking for a restaurant that might appeal to our different tastes.
“Everything looks different. Do you see something you want to eat?”
“What about a buffet?” She asks. Mom loves an all you can eat buffet. She’s 4.9 inches tall. A little tiny woman, but a buffet is like a challenge to her. She’ll put down 3 or 4 plates in less than an hour, and somehow still stay tiny. It may be that she grew up so soon after our country was recovering from the great depression, but mom was raised to get her money’s worth out of everything. At a buffet, that means you get your value by eating way more than what they expect you to.
“No, I don’t want to eat that much right now.” I say and then I listen to another complaint her eyes.
I’m not sure if it was the third or forth complaint about her eyes that finally made me look at her, but when I finally turned to really look at her… I yelled.
“OH MY GOD, MOM! PULL OVER!”
“WHAT?!? What? What’s wrong?” She yells.
“Mom, these aren’t sunglasses! They are 3-D glasses!”
So fixing mom’s vision was pretty easy. We just had to take the 3-D glasses off. We still go on mother/daughter outings, and I still can’t get her to recycle 3-D glasses. I don’t even argue anymore, I just make sure I’m driving, and if she’s about to drive somewhere alone we just double check those glasses. Hopefully, she doesn’t confuse them for shades again, but if you ever find yourself driving around in the Georgia/Florida area—Be careful. She’s out there.