SWEET TEA

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mystery in the Making

Do you like a good mystery?
If so I wish you could do a little sleuthing around my house.  It seems we have a mystery in the making.

The Case of the Missing Jeans

If you've followed me for any length of time you're probably aware that my Mom lives with us.  Dementia has made it necessary for her to have some assistance from day to day so living with us is how we make it all work. . .

A few months ago Mom began to tell me that some of her jeans were missing.  I didn't think much about it until I caught her (on multiple occasions) taking MY jeans off the drying rack on laundry day and jetting off to her room with them.  Wet jeans do have a way of all looking the same.  I understand.  At this point I wrote Mom's name inside her jeans so there'd be no confusion. . .Still, she was suspicious that I was the culprit behind her jeans that had gone missing.

To ease her mind a bit I began to do her laundry on a totally different day than I did the family laundry.  Didn't help a bit - she still thinks I have her jeans.

Today she actually went through my closet (while I was in the kitchen).  She took two pairs of my jeans into her room, laid them out on her bed. and called me in "for questioning".  As it turns out these were jeans I no longer wear (yes, I do need to clean out my closet).  I began to plead my case.  Told her if they fit to keep them.  At this point she's not decided if she's gonna keep them or not.

I don't know if some of Mom's jeans are actually missing "for real".  They could be misplaced in a drawer or in the back of her closet OR she could have left some in Tulsa the last time she visited with my sister.  I respect Mom's privacy and only go into her room to vacuum or clean as she watches.  So the mystery remains.

I'm off now to write MY name in MY jeans.

Things that make you smile.




18 comments:

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Awwww ... You are the sweetest!

Miss Dishywoo said...

This is just so funny! I love that you are keeping such a good sense of humor about the "missing jeans." One day, when you discover where the jeans actually ARE, be sure to let us know. I have a feeling it will make a good story.

Mari said...

This made me smile. I can relate because I see a lot of this type of thing at work. I know it's not all fun though, and I'm glad you see the humor in this instance!

yaya said...

Look on the bright side...your clothes are all labeled and ready for summer camp! This post really did make me laugh, but I think what I would love to do is hug you and tell you what a wonderful daughter you are. Role reversal with our parents as they age is not easy. You are my hero!

NanaDiana said...

Oh-Been there, done that. My mother began to carry her purse around with her EVERYWHERE-even to the bathroom so that no one would go into her purse to "take" her money. If you don't laugh about it-you will cry...xo Diana

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Boy, this post brought back some memories. Hugs.
Joy

Weekend-Windup said...

Good idea to have her name on the jeans. Also to wash hers separately!

Jeanie said...

You are a good daughter. Be sure to let us know when and how the jeans turn up.

Susie said...

Some times if we hang pants or jeans across a hanger, we may have more than one pair on the hanger...thus they don't show up as easily. Hope your mom finds the right ones. xoxo,Susie

Laurie M said...

wow, the ups and downs of living with aging family, touchy touchy subjects, buy I'm not sure how I would handle that, not as well as you probably, it amazes me that she doesn't trust you to believe you, why does she think you would take her jeans, wow, complicated huh, you have a wonderful outlook, but it must be trying at times,

Debby Ray said...

Aww...I remember those days when my MIL used to stay with us...she had Alzheimer's as well and we had some experiences very close to yours. You have to laugh, lest you cry, right? Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Debby

Anonymous said...

My MIL used to tell my husband that I would not give her anything to eat all day which was totally untrue PLUS he was with us PLUS she chowed down everything PLUS sometimes she would tell me she was too full! However, believe it or not, after 12 years, I still miss her - not the confused woman she was the last few years but the full-of-fun lady she was for the first 80 years of her life!

Linda said...

It's jeans today......blouses tomorow??
Love your attitude!! Every Friday my mother 'tells' on my sister. They NEVER tell me ANYTHING, she says!! She has a calendar my sister, Deanie, makes up for the month and Mother wanted her to write down things we are doing. My plans change so when she pointed to next Friday (when we were planning on going down to the ranch) I said No, that's changed. She acted a little perturbed and I told her this is why we don't write everything down! It's not that we don't want her to know what we're doing......plans just change and then she is confused!
Humor helps......

Rick Watson said...

Bless her heart.

Sandra said...

Awww your poor mom. That was actually funny that she took the jeans wet into the room hahaha
If you do find out where the jeans are, you have to come and tell us, I'm curious too.

You're such a wonderful daughter, she is lucky to have you :)

Debbie Koperski said...

My grandparents lived with us. Grandpa had Alzheimer's. It was quite an experience for all of us. I'm glad you have a keen sense of humor...it sure helps.
Thank you for visiting Seashells and Lavender.
Debbie

Annesphamily said...

Oh I have to chuckle. You tell a swell mystery! God bless you for caring for your mom. I always wanted to help my mom and my favorite Aunt more but no one would agree to let them come here with me! My hubby has his younger brother here. But he is soooo annoying. God forgive me! He had two strokes but his entire life someone took care of him. Plus he always has to be right! So I pray a lot! I will be glad when he gets the surgery he needs Argh.....
Your mom sounds very strong willed! I hope you both find all the jeans you own! Tee Hee!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I'm new to your blog so going back for a peek. Loved this post and laughed at the "questioning" and how she waited for you with two pair laid out. Reminds me of someone who birthed me, but I'm not telling who...

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