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I've been sick, and I didn't sleep well last night. Josh got up with the kids, and he came to get me about 8:15 saying my mom had called earlier (earlier?! they're one hour earlier than we are re: timezones) and wanted me to call her back. I do, assuming that something is wrong, maybe with Dad, and she just didn't want to say in front of Josh for some reason?

But, no. No, what she wanted to tell me was far different. She'd emailed me earlier in the week to tell me that one of my high school teachers died. Let's call him Coach A. Coach A was a good man. He taught me science for two years in high school. He took an interest in me, loaning me a couple of science fiction books. I have fond memories of him and was sad to hear he had passed.

Apparently, his widow called my parents yesterday to tell them that Coach A had always really liked me and that he thought I had a beautiful singing voice and at some point he had told her that he wanted me to sing at his funeral.

At this point, if I'd been drinking coffee, there would have been a spittake.

I mean, I am deeply flattered that he remembered me fondly, but who calls people two days before the funeral of someone they haven't seen in 20 years (20 years! It's been 20 years since I've seen these people!) to ask them to sing at the funeral? Clearly, she was thinking I still lived locally rather than several states away, but that seems odd to me as a last minute request.

Dad said, "I told her you live too far away to make it in time and that you probably hadn't been practicing."

Ahahhahahahhahahahah. Can you say that again? I was in choir in high school and sang beautifully then, but I smoked in undergrad, and I think I damaged my vocal chords because I just can't do it anymore. My range is completely shot, and I can't consistently hit pitch (which sucks because I hear when I'm wrong). So, ah. No. Lorraine will not be singing.

Then Mom wanted me call the widow and talk to her, and I had to hard nope out of that. I'm not calling somebody I never really knew and haven't seen in 20 years to deny them a sentimental request while they're in the throes of grief. Mom abruptly got off the phone with me after that, and I spent the whole day thinking she was annoyed with me before she texted me to let me know she wasn't pissed; they were just heading to chemo in a hurry.


The upshot is, no horrifically awkward phone calls for me! Hurrah! I will send a lovely sympathy card, though.

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17/6/17 02:56 (UTC)
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] zulu
I'm glad you don't have to do any awkward singing, but even more so: hooray for spouses who get up with the kids when you're under the weather, amirite?

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17/6/17 05:39 (UTC)
china_shop: New Zealand painting of flax (NZ flax)
Posted by [personal profile] china_shop
Apparently, his widow called my parents yesterday to tell them that Coach A had always really liked me and that he thought I had a beautiful singing voice and at some point he had told her that he wanted me to sing at his funeral.


Presumably "at some point" = 20 years ago? Congratulations on extracting yourself.

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17/6/17 05:47 (UTC)
umadoshi: (Yotsuba&! curious (ohsnap_icons))
Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
*blinks* Um. *blinks* That's...well, at the very least, it really is lovely that he remembered you so fondly. But otherwise it's all rather odd.

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17/6/17 07:37 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] jackandahat
Bloody hell - I mean yes, very sweet that he remembered you, but what the heck?

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17/6/17 11:33 (UTC)
author_by_night: (LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapide)
Posted by [personal profile] author_by_night
Yeah, that's flattering but a little weird. I mean, maybe if you were still in touch, or still knew the same people, and/or she had a reason to assume you still lived in the area. Even then, though, that's very last minute. :/ Of course, as she's older that may not occur to her. Especially if it's an area people tend to stick around in. I actually live in such an area - not that no one ever leaves, but a lot of people from middle and high school are still around, if not in the town itself. But even then... like you said, you haven't seen these people in twenty years.
Edited 17/6/17 11:35 (UTC)

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19/6/17 05:29 (UTC)
archersangel: (blah)
Posted by [personal profile] archersangel
i too have been sick. sneezing & a runny nose, plus my throat hurt. not like a typical sore throat, just hurt.
Edited 19/6/17 05:29 (UTC)

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21/6/17 09:28 (UTC)
sallymn: from the film by Jan Svankmajer (thinking 5)
Posted by [personal profile] sallymn
You must have been UTTERLY memorable... I tend to worry when someone recalls me from that long ago, but that is probably because I know full well my reaction will be "who?????"

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21/6/17 09:49 (UTC)
sallymn: from a poster for Alice by Jan Svankmajer (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] sallymn
By the way, I missed your birthday because DW's alert system is, umm....



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