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Last week my father of 82 had a stroke, instead of my mother ringing her three children up to let us know she decides that a text to the mobile will do a day later letting us know, when i try to ring her on her phone to see whats going on she won’t answer but a short time later i get another text letting me know that he has a phone in his room that i can ring to see how he is, i thought well i hope he’s fit enough to answer, i didn’t have to worry about him texting me as he wouldn’t know how to text, i rang him and it turned out he was ok, he ended up staying in for 5 days so they could run lots of tests on him. I think texting has a place and time, if its something personal like this it should be a face to face or telephone call, they only live 5 klm away from me, i thought if it was me i would be the one to get a lecture, but how do you explain to you parent its not the right way to go about things, we are supposed to learn from our elders. Anyway he’s home now and all is fine.


Posted by tassiemum, 20th October 2013


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  • I agree a phone call would have been better!

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  • Maybe she was too stressed to have the same conversation over and over agin.

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  • My mum is the same, 84 and texts for birthdays, Xmas etc. bit sad really

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  • i ike these stories

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  • Maybe it’s because she thinks this is how it’s done now.

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  • thanks for the response but no she never rings us since she knows how to text, birthdays, christmas, the only time i have spoken to her is when i ring her, i thought it might have been different when it came to being ill or in hospital, what if it had been worse and he passed away before i got a text or to see him.

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  • As inappropriate as it was maybe she just couldn’t deal with the actual phone calls and texting was easier. It is such a difficult thing to do is ring and tell someone bad news. My sister in law texted me when my brother was diagnosed with cancer. I wasn’t offended because I knew how hard it would be for her to ring me and say the words out loud. The only thing you can you is to say thank you for sending the text about your Father but I would have preferred to have had a phone call.

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