Monday, September 12, 2016

Crazy Old Parents

I love my dad, but he drives me nuts. Those of you in your twenties and thirties probably aren't facing this yet but when you get older, you will. I'm speaking, of course, about Crazy Old Parents.

A year or so ago, I gave my dad a fancy pen for his birthday. He loves it. Two weeks ago, he called and asked me to get him a refill for the pen. I suggested he try Amazon. He said they don't have Amazon in Florida. Shaking my head, I explained you reach Amazon through your computer. He huffed and said, "I'm too old for that crap!"

So I ordered the refill. And mailed it to him. He calls today to say thanks, he got the refill, but unfortunately he lost the pen. So the refill is useless.

Hearing his disappointment, I asked what else I can do to help. He said I can buy him another pen. Apparently he believes what I really gave him last year was the guarantee of a lifetime supply of fancy pens. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Sure, Dad." I know from experience there is no point in arguing with the man. (I stopped asking him about politics years ago...)

Do your parents drive you crazy?



(That's my dad in the white shirt.)


17 comments:

  1. My grandma is a lot like that... Sigh.

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  2. This made me smile, my Parents are very capable of doing things and play the i'm to old for that all the time.

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    1. My dad does it constantly. He calls me to ask me to make a phone call for him. Of course he could do it himself. When I point out he could have just made that call instead of calling me, he throws up some lame excuse. And then he calls me again, asking if I did it yet.

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  3. Oh my this post made me LOL, too funny it was like an episode of Seinfeld, no this was an episode of Seinfeld. Did you see that commercial that say grandchildren=free tech support hahaha.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  4. Oh yes, they definitely do! My mom is cray. There's a reason I live 5 hrs away, hehe.

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    1. Florida is as far as I can get away with...

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  5. Great story ( no Amazon in Florida!) and a wonderful, nostalgic photo of your handsome dad! My mom used to make me a bit crazy, but very rarely, my dad less so, and I miss them both , along with my brother. who often got on my nerves!
    Savor the time, pens and all.
    My dad was proficient on the internet in his 80's I was proud of that, and my mom did know what Amazon was.. I was very lucky.
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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  6. LOLOLOL!!! I love this. And yes... I can relate. I have two crazy parents I love dearly (despite the fact that yes, they drive me up a wall). LOL @ "There's no Amazon in Florida." :p CUTE! He's lucky to have such a wonderful son :) And also, what a handsome guy!!

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  7. I work in a profession that diagnoses diseases of the elderly and not so elderly. Unfortunately it the 'drives me crazy' part comes along with aging. My mom will is relentless on phoning me and if I miss a call she gets a little upset and then says I never hear from you! OY MAKES ME NUTS.

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  8. Hahahahaha! Crap. This sounds like a Seinfeld episode.

    Thankfully my parents are not at this point...yet. I suppose I have something to look forward to?

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. Well obviously the gift of a fancy pen meant instant replacements ;)

    We asked Andy's aunt to tea once and with no hesitation she replied, "No, I don't want to." We were rather taken aback!

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  10. Growing up with my grandparents I am actually at that phase, my grandfather passed away a few years ago and now its just my grandmother. Your dad sounds a bit like her. She is usually really jolly and just organised and celebrated her 87th birthday, mariachis included !

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  11. So true, so true - if ever there was a time for the expression "know when to pick your battles" to apply, it is, IMO, when dealing with one's kinfolk.

    ♥ Jessica

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  12. As much as I love them both, they drive me nuts. My favourite is Mum's "Can you ring me to let me know you have emailed me?"

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    1. I know! That's exactly what it's like. My dad tells me to make calls for him and then calls me to ask if I did it yet.

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  13. My Mom celebrates her 75th birthday today and lives with me ... I envy those people who get to go and visit their parents and then come home!! LOL!!!

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  14. Ah! So far they don't annoy me (long enough). But I can see the symptoms already :D

    ❥ tanvii.com

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