I told her when I saw it run, I’d tell her about it so she could watch it or record it. She said she doesn’t know how to record on her receiver, but my dad could do it for her. (Don’t get me started about her and technology. You think I’m bad! Geez.)
This is a recreation of the conversation that took place between me and my father when I called, including my mom in the background.
Me: Hi, Dad.
Dad: Hey, Staci. How are you?
Me: Good. You?
Mom: I can’t talk right now.
Dad: Mom can’t talk right now.
Me: I know. I heard her. But I was calling to talk to you.
Dad: Me? What for?
Mom: What does she want? I can’t talk now. I’m wrapping gifts.
Dad: Mom’s wrapping gifts.
Me: I know. I don’t want her.
Dad: What do you want?
Mom: What does she want?
Me: Mom said she never saw It’s a Wonderful Life. I told her when I saw it advertised, I’d tell her when it was on so she could watch or record it. She said she doesn’t know how to record, so I’m telling you so you can record it for her.
Dad: She doesn’t know how to record.
Me: I know. That’s why I’m telling you. It’s on USA.
Dad: What channel is that?
Me: I don’t know, Dad. I have Directv; you have Dish Network.
Dad: But we both have USA.
Dad: So what channel is it?
Me: It’s different for each of us. Can you do a search for the movie?
Dad: What movie?
Me: It’s a Wonderful Life.
Dad: Searching… for… It’s a Wonderful Life.
Mom: It’s a Wonderful Life? Is it on?
Dad: No, Carmella. Staci is telling me when it’s on.
Mom: I’ve never seen it.
Dad: She said she’s never seen it.
Me: I know, Dad. Did you find it? There are three showings. If you record the one at midnight, it shouldn’t conflict with anything else you might be recording.
Dad: I don’t have a midnight showing.
Mom: Is it on at midnight?
Dad: No. Didn’t you just hear me say it’s not on at midnight?
Me: Sorry. Midnight, my time. One o’clock your time.
Dad: Oh. Right. I forgot about the time difference.
Me: Me, too. No worries. Did you find the listing?
Dad: Yeah. There are three.
Me: Yes. Can you please record one of those for Mom?
Dad: She’s had plenty of chances to watch it before.
Me: I guess she never got around to it.
Dad: Well, I’m not recording it. If she wanted to watch it, she would have seen it by now.
Me: Okay. Well, tell Mom when it’s on. Maybe she’ll just watch it.
Dad: Carmella, Staci said It’s a Wonderful Life is playing this week, if you want to watch it.
Mom: I’ve never seen it.
Dad: That’s why she’s telling you about it. Do you want to talk to her?
Mom: I can’t talk now. I’m busy.
Dad: She can’t talk now. She’s busy.
Me: That’s okay, Dad. I’m busy, too. I have to go.
Dad: Okay. Nice talking to you, honey. Love you.
Me: Love you, too.
Mom: Does she need to talk to me? I’m b—
Dad hung up then, so I don’t know what she said. But I’m sure I could guess. You probably can, too.
It was an interesting conversation. I have talks with them like this all the time. And despite the frustration while it’s happening, afterward I always remember them with a smile on my face. I love those two. So very much.
Truly, it’s a wonderful life.
Wishing you all wonderful memories with your loved ones this holiday season.