Maga: How’s work?
Me: Crazy busy. And I could do with a little less drama.
Maga: Don’t you publish books?
Me: Yes, but I have to deal with people to get those books made.
Maga: Oh, well, that could make things difficult. How’s the weather where you are?
Me: Today’s forecast was ‘sunny and delightful’ and you know what? That was spot on.
Maga: It was cloudy where I am today. But I guess it’s a changeable time of year.
The cooling temperatures. The evening hours creeping closer every day. And yet, it always feels like time for a fresh beginning.
Maga: Look at that man. He sort of blew up over the lake.
Me: What are you watching?
Maga: Channel 4.
Me: Oh. Okay. Did you watch the Olympics?
Maga: Yes! I loved them. What was your favorite sport?
Maga: Aren’t all those young people so impressive?
Me: Totally. It sort of makes me feel like I need to do more with my life.
Maga: Oh, I think you’ve done quite a bit with yours.
Me: Well, thanks.
Maga: It’s not quite as colorful now that the Olympics are over.
Me: True. But the trees outside will be changing color soon. So there’s that.
Maga: And your mother is coming to visit me.
Me: What’s your favorite thing about her?
Maga: She’s so dependable and you can ask her things and she gives you a good answer. She just has good sense. She knows what’s what. I appreciate that very much. I guess anyone would. You’ve known her a long time. You must understand all this by now.
Me: I do. Very well. I’m lucky to have known her my whole life.
Maga: You’re such a dear to call. I love to hear your cheery voice. And sometimes you surprise me because I forget it’s Tuesday.
It is a changeable time of year after all, but our Tuesday phone calls are consistent. Two ladies each wishing they had more company than the newspaper, a book, the TV, memories of days previously sunny and delightful. But our blood connects us and the telephone ties us together and we move forward one season at a time.
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These are such sweet conversations. Makes me wish my grandma was still around. Good for you for keeping the Tuesday chats going.
Thanks! They’ve actually been going on for the past 9 years. I’ve just only started transcribing them because they’re too good not to!