September 05, 2005

*Ring Ring*... The phone rings at 9:30 P.M. No one calls us after 8. They all know better.

Mama [aka "momma smurf", aka Scott's mom, the recently retired critical care nurse]: "I just wanted to call you to tell you that I am leaving tonight" [ah jus wanned ta tell yoo thah ahm leavin tanaht] "to go to..." life is all a blur, I can't believe what this woman who watches CNN all day and was looking forward to lazy days bugging us for Olivia pictures is telling me... "help the refugees from Louisiana who've been placed in Texas. I cannot believe no one is helping and they need medical personel so I am going." ["so ah ahm goin'!" .. it works better when you can actually hear the accent.]

Me: "You're WHAT?"

Mama: "I just wanted to let you know so if you didn't see me comment on the website, you'd know where I was."

Me: "What about your cats? Do you have a cell phone?"

Mama: "The cats have the sitter and no I don't have a cell. I haven't figured how to turn it on yet." [laughing]

Me: "Well, ya gotta do what you want to do. Glad you're getting out to help."

Mama: "All right! I'll call you whenever I get back, I get picked up in a half hour." HALF HOUR!?! What, did she make this decision tonight?!?

Me: "OK! Good luck!" [click] "Scoooooooottt!"

Scott: "Who the hell was on the phone at 9:30?"

Me: "Your mom, you won't belive what she is doing..."

Good Luck Mama! We know you'll make a difference! Be careful!

Posted by Ellen at September 05, 2005 06:27 PM

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Good for her. The people there will definitely put her to good use. Keep us posted on her.

Posted by: Lisa on September 5, 2005 08:03 PM

Good for you, Pat.

Maybe she'll run into some of the stuff we sent down (though if her patient needs a hammer, cross-cut saw, and screwdrivers they're probably beyond all normal help...).

Posted by: ronaprhys on September 5, 2005 10:00 PM

Pat is an amazing woman. God speed.

Posted by: Dianne on September 6, 2005 08:52 AM

I hope she helps a lot of people, and comes home safely. I'd go myself, but unless they need a computer tech, I'd just get in the way.

A cell phone wouldn't be much help there anyway, until power is restored to the cell towers.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 6, 2005 11:49 AM

If Pat happens to end up in San Antonio please have her contact us we would love to take her out to dinner and show her around a bit when she's not volunteering.

Posted by: Valleri on September 6, 2005 01:58 PM

Go Mamma Smurf!! We love you, take care of all of those people real good!!

Posted by: amber on September 6, 2005 09:57 PM

I am home. I do NOT have a southern accent in spite of what my darling daughter-in-law from New York says. lol

Posted by: Pat on September 7, 2005 08:09 AM

Good thing no one was looking for me. I was in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at Ft. Chaffee(a very old but still active army base.) Thousands were triaged and sent on their way to other sites including Washington DC,Maybe they can say "Hi" to George W. Saddest thing including all the abandoned animals, families separated attempting to find each other.

Posted by: Pat on September 7, 2005 11:57 AM
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