Unwanted Halloween Fright
Two days ago, my sister called me from the nursing home, asking if I had heard from our mother. I said I had not lately heard from her. Kelli told me that she'd been told by a family friend that Mom was dead! Kelli had tried calling Mom, and gotten only voicemail. My nephew hadn't called either Kelli or me. I reassured Kelli that surely someone up there would have called us.
Yesterday evening, having heard nothing one way or another, I tried calling Mom. To my great relief, she answered her phone and announced that "rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." What appears to have happened is that someone up in the hills with a similar first name to my mother died, and when it passed through a game of "Whispers" it had gotten turned into my mother dying instead.
Now the call cut off in the middle, but that's not uncommon. They have bad cell reception and Mom isn't great about remembering to keep her phone charged. However, Mom is not only alive, but said she was feeling pretty good, and was in the process of cleaning and polishing the large amount of wood in the house in which she's living these days. Before the call dropped, she also said that she's spoken to my sister, so there's an end to the panic.
This afternoon, I got texts from the family friend who had frightened Kelli (and by extension me) apologizing for the mistake. Current Mood: relieved