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Momentary glimpses of humor

Every once in a while, my mother can be a really funny person. It only happens a couple of times a year, so when it does, it floors you. I have a feeling she used to be like that all of the time, until the death of my father and raising a little girl on her own. It seems like the type of person my father would have been attracted to. While she has been living with us, she has actually told a couple of stories I had never heard before.

My dad was the type of person who was on the edge of technology. He was always the first to have any new gadget. Therefore, he was the first person in their crowd to get a Radar Range. Nobody in the neighborhood trusted the thing, thinking they would get radiation or some sort of mutation if they ate food cooked in it. I knew this part of the story. What I didn't know was how my dad had to get familiar with what you could and couldn't cook in the microwave. Mom says that one day she came in and Dad had tried to make muffins. He poured the mix into the little paper cups and popped them in the microwave.

Where they promptly flattened out into pancakes.

Mom never said whether or not they ate them, but I bet it would have proved some sort of point to the neighbors.


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May. 9th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
I was probably in college when I bought my mom a microwave oven. At the worst, it would've been about 1981. I KNEW she'd never use it, so I (wisely!) bought her a couple classes at a local Adult Education place. Probably no more than 4 sessions, once a week. After that, she was SOLD on it, although the thing she always used it the most was to make instant coffee .. go figure.

When her home sold, that original microwave was still working (although I think the magnetron tube was replaced once).

Unrelated: Jill-Bob and I independently bought the same model of Sharp Carousel, ya know!
May. 9th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
To give you an idea of when this happened, it was before I was born in *snicker* 1970.
May. 9th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
*snicker* That is pretty funny.

I meant to say earlier, I am so glad to hear about your mom. That is unbelievably amazing! I am so relieved and happy for you both.

Did you see my response about Texas?
May. 9th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)

Yes, I saw your response. I hope we can work something out, but I realize this is a family trip, and not a happy one, so as much as I would like for us to get together, I understand that it might not work out this trip.
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