Dogs 2013

NURSING HOME NEW YEAR
(1/2/13)


Happy
New Year
Grandma!

it's Pat
Grandma

your
grandson
Pat

maybe
you should
hold the phone
to the other
ear

can you
hear me
now?

good

this
is Pat
Grandma

how
are you doing?

I know
that you'd rather
be home

remember
what the doctor
said

right?

Grandma?

can you
hear me?

it's Pat
Grandma

your
grandson
Pat

OK

go ahead
and switch
the phone
to the other
ear

is that
better?

me?

I'm doing
fine

very busy
at work

Christy
and Kaleb
are doing
fine
as well

girlfriend?

she's my wife
Grandma

we were married
five years ago

remember?

yes
a girlfriend
would be
a bad idea
then

you're still funny

what's that?

you think
that you left
your bedroom window
open
at home?

(her house
was sold
two years
ago)

I'm sure
that the neighbors
have closed it
for you
by now

you have
no secrets?

oh
I see

Grandma
they're not
spying on you

the staff
is just checking
to make sure
that you're
alright

hiding places?

why
would you want
to hide?

oh
for your personal
items

has somebody
taken something?

that's good

I'm sure
that your things
are perfectly
safe

the people
taking care of you
will be able
to see
your stuff
if they're able
to see you
Grandma

I'm sorry
that you feel
lonely

you see
so many
more people
than you did
when you were
at home
alone
you know

family?

I know
Grandma

we're all
hundreds
or thousands
of miles
away

me?

I'll
be up
to see you
for your
birthday

how old?

you'll
be 99
this year
Grandma

I know
that all
of your friends
are gone

I don't
know why
the Good Lord
hasn't taken you
yet

not your
time
I guess

still Pat
Grandma

your Grandson
Pat

OK

go ahead
and try
the other
ear

Grandma?

there
you are

I just wanted
to call
and tell you
Happy New Year
and
that I
love you

no
I'm sure
that it'll be
a great New
Year

we're
both breathing
to see it
right?

I know
that you're
lonely

why don't
you go out
to the common/br> area
and see
who's there?

oh

are there
many people
there with you?

well
when you hang
up the phone
be sure to talk
to one
of them

about what?

about anything
Grandma

just keep
talking
if your lonely

it will
get better

(what
do you tell
someone
who's almost
a century
old?

it does
no good
to tell her now
that we all
will die
and must daily
diligently prepare
our own
personal salvation

very true
but a little cruel
at this point)

I love
you
Grandma!

I'll see you
for your birthday
next month

I know
you do
Grandma

goodnight
now

(I hang
up the phone
even though
I hear her
still distractedly
talking

to me

to someone

to no one

sad

and sadly
there's nothing
to be done

by me

by anyone)