I’ve been using Amazon Alexa devices for over a year. At least once a month, I get an email from Amazon telling me about the cool things Alexa can do. I just received such an email, and the subject was Send a Mother’s Day greeting with Alexa.
So, I asked her, “Alexa, can you send a Mother’s Day greeting to my mother in heaven?”
She thought about it for maybe a second and then said, “Hmm, I’m not sure.”
I’m not going to try and get a refund from Amazon because Alexa couldn’t do what they said she could do. I don’t really think Alexa devices have made their way into heaven yet. (However, Amazon is pretty good at marketing!) But then I stopped to think, what if….Continue reading A Mother’s Day Greeting
“Excuse me, but can I have a roll of $41,484 e-stamps?”
That’s a pretty ridiculous question, isn’t it? I mean, who’s going to buy a stamp that costs $41,484, much less an entire roll of them! Besides, we’re talking about email here. Email never costs anything to send. Right?
I’m writing this on May 1st, even though Mother’s Day isn’t until the 13th. However, I won’t post it until Mother’s Day. I wanted to write this today to better capture the way I feel inside at this particular moment in my life.
This will be the first Mother’s Day of my life when I don’t have a mother sharing planet earth with me. My mother passed on February 8th, a few months ago. She had been living with my wife and I for the previous five and a half years. Her death was not entirely unexpected – she had health issues – but there’s just never a good time to say goodbye to your only parent.
The Grocery Bag
I knew my mother kept a grocery bag in her room filled with greeting cards that she either forgot to send or just bought ahead of time. Until today, I had completely forgotten about that.
A short time ago, I was sitting at my desk and my wife came in carrying a worn grocery bag. She started telling me it came from mom’s room. I thought she was going to ask me if I wanted to keep any of it, so I started telling her she (my wife) could use them if she needed them. But then my wife said something utterly unexpected. Continue reading The Grocery Bag – A Mother’s Day Prelude
How long is two hours? Do you think you could live and love in two hours? Probably not. After all, what can you do in two hours? You can watch four I Love Lucy reruns. Or you can read a few chapters in a book. You can drink several cups of coffee, and maybe even get rid of them, depending on your system. Maybe you can make yourself a meal or a snack that you don’t really want, and eat it anyway, and then still feel empty afterwards. After thinking about it, there’s really a good number of things you do in two hours. But there is one thing that I never before thought about doing in two hours: watching someone die. Continue reading Live and Love in Two Hours
Well, it finally happened! The year 2016 is officially in the history books. Thank God for that. If the year wasn’t challenging enough, on the very last day of the year, I learned that my car will require about $700 in repairs before I can drive it again. See what I mean about 2016? Continue reading Thank God It’s Over! Goodbye 2016!!