Me: How are you feeling?
Maga: Not on top of the world. I’m sorry my TV is so loud. I don’t know how to turn it down.
Me: It’s not too loud.
Maga: Any more trips coming up?
Me: Actually, yes. I leave Monday and return on a Friday. I’ll be sending you a postcard for every Tuesday phone call I miss.
Maga: That would be nice. You leave on Thursday?
Me: Monday. I’ll call you from the airport so it’ll minimize our time between calls.
Maga: And you come back on Monday?
Maga: I’m sorry my TV is so loud. I don’t know how to turn it down.
Me: Is there a button called VOL?
Me: V as in Victor or volume. There should be a + and – button.
Maga: Oh, why yes. There is.
Me: Push the – button.
Me: Right now.
Maga: Oh, I think that worked. Thank you for explaining that to me!
Me: And when you want the TV loud again, push the + button.
And then we went over the itinerary of my upcoming trip a few more times because she somehow had gotten a hold of a pen and paper.
Maga: They must think highly of you to send you on your own.
Me: I hope so. I work hard.
Maga: You leave on Friday?
Her worrying over my itinerary made me feel like I was part of the in crowd because I’ve only ever heard her worry so hard about my mom and my Aunt J’s travel schedules.
Maga: And you come back on Tuesday?
Me: Friday. Just in time to vote!
Maga: Oh, yes. It’s terribly important to vote.
Me: It sure is. Who are you voting for?
Maga: I’m going to vote for the lady. I’ve never voted Democratic in my life, but Trump is just the pits. I don’t like him at all.
Me: I agree. Hillary for the White House.
Maga: I’ve voted Republican my whole life, but not this time. Let’s hope it works.
I’m with her.