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.