I talked to my mother a few evenings ago, it was her birthday and I was calling to tell her that I had gotten the phone issues (see earlier article Thanks for almost nothing Verizon) resolved and that our regular phone number was working again, as well as to wish her a happy birthday on her birthday (as we had already had a family gathering to celebrate the birthday back on the weekend). I asked her how things were going and she answered that it could be better.
Mom isn't someone that normally would answer in that manner, as she is usually optimistic about how things are going and even if not the greatest, she'd answer with an 'alright' that could be translated into one of those 'not too bad, but could be a little better' type statements. Her 'it could be better' was an indicator that something wasn't right in the family somewhere, so I braced a bit for news on what was wrong.
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