You can't make these things up. Today, I ran over Mam-ma's walker! The day had been going fairly well. I had run errands for myself, then picked up Mam-ma and dropped her off at the hairdresser's. She didn't need many groceries, so I decided to buy mine at the same time. That, too, went smoothly. I even stopped at the meat market for some steaks for our dinner.
When I returned to the hairdresser's, Mam-ma was sitting in a chair waiting on me. The hairdresser was running behind when I left, but somehow she had managed to catch up - and then some. Also waiting was a little friend of ours - and my birthday buddy - whom I call "Maw Mac." She will be 92 on our birthday in July. Maw Mac's daughter Marsha arrived in Maw Mac's Buick, and she parked perpendicular to my vehicle - and part of another - in the street. So we weren't going anywhere until Maw Mac was loaded. Marsha walked out with Mam-ma and up the passenger side of my vehicle. She instructed Maw Mac to follow me around the driver's side of my vehicle, because that would put her in the right spot to get in her back seat. Both ladies had walkers.
I never gave Mam-ma's walker another thought. She got into my car. I showed Marsha and Maw Mac pictures of Timothy, and then Marsha helped her mother into the car. I got in, and when Marsha had driven away, I backed out of the parking lot. I knew right away I hit something - but what? I looked around and there was nothing behind me... and then I realized... the walker! I stopped and got out, and there it lay, beside Mam-ma's door... warped, flattened along one spot, and ruined. Mam-ma had folded it up and laid it against the back door on her side of the vehicle. She NEVER does this. I always fold and put away her walker. Had she left it... we would not have hit it. But it was partly my fault, too for not remembering it.
So I will take another walker that Mam-ma has - the one with the "roly-poly wheels" - and have a new walker outfitted for her on Monday. She was not the least bit upset, because she is not happy with her current walker situation anyway, and this represents an opportunity for something new. She had just commented inside the beauty shop that she wished her walker had feet on it like Maw Mac's - some sort of flat contraption I'd never seen before on the back legs. I'll just have to see what the Medical Supply store can offer us. I had cold groceries today and it was 80 degrees, humid as the tropics, and stormy, so I was not stopping now.
I rolled into Mam-ma's driveway and parked beside her friend Ruby. I said, "Wonder what Ruby is up to..." and Mam-ma said, "Well, I'm sure we're going to the grocoery store!" I had Mam-ma's groceries in the back seat! Sure enough, we unpacked Mam-ma's groceries (buttermilk, "sweet" milk, orange juice and Three Musketeers) and she grabbed her purse. I got one of her spare walkers for her, and she said, "Oh, no... I'm not taking that. I don't take a walker to the store." Ruby chimed in... "She holds onto my arm to get into the store, and then she pushes a buggy - she doesn't know what to do with that walker in the store." I just shrugged and said, "Have a good weekend, girls!" It was all I could do. I'd bet a dollar to a donut Mam-ma buys more groceries while she is out with Ruby.