I was glad to have some time to just chat with some of the girls. We were very laid back.
Somehow Sydney and I got to talking about texting. I told her how reluctant I had been to begin using a cell phone, and that I had only learned to text so I could communicate with my family when I went on a 50-mile solo backpacking trip 5 years ago.
She looked at me kind of funny, so I said, "You know, because I could get cell reception up on the ridges. I'd send a text message to my daughter that told her where I was." [Mark was at scout camp that week.] "So if they didn't hear from me in a day or so they would know where to start looking for me," I explained.
Sydney looked at me funny again, and then she said, "You know, Sister Haynie, you're not very grandma-ish."
I made some comment about my 23rd grandchild just being born a couple of weeks ago, and she said, no, that wasn't what she meant.
"My grandmother does things like, you know, wash the dishes, clean the house. Vacuums. She vacuums a lot," Sydney said. And she added, "You're not really like that."
I took it as a compliment...the nicest one I'd had all day.
Calling my mom from the PCT
Aug 1, 2008
Wishing her a happy birthday