Conversations with my Mother: Saying “Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii” like she means it

Defeat of Jessie James Days

Image by GSankary via Flickr

Ever since my mom has gotten sick she says hello (and goodbye for that matter) much differently. She used to say “hello” by doing this “Hoi Hoi Hoi Hoi” until I told her to stop or until I repeated it after her. Or sometimes she would say things like “Geboodle, Geboidle, My Mutha is a Toitle” which really cracked her up. More recently she has started saying “HUUUULLooooo” which requires a sound clip to get the full effect.

But these days she answers the phone in a raspy voice that she’s had since her surgery and she answers it this way…”Hiiiiiiiiiii” just like that, real long with a tinkle, like little alarms are going off, like she wants to wake up the world, as if ¬†she’s saying “hi” like she really means it. And I think she does. And I like it. I really, really like it.

Note: the above image is not, I repeat, is not my mother. But it easily could have been.

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