the morning call to assisted living

“Hi, Mom. It’s me. Did I wake you? Did you sleep OK?”

“A little hard to get out of bed. I was thinking there was something. Something I needed.”

“What do you need?”

“Oh, I remember. I have lamps that are missing their filials. Or finials. Whatever that word is. The top thing on the lamp.”

“Mom, I already replaced the finial for your living room lamp. I bought one a few weeks ago. Remember?”

“I have lamps missing the filials. Or finial. Filial? What is that word?”

“I believe it’s ‘finial’ and how can you be missing them? What are you doing with them?”

“They are missing,” she chuckles, “and the shades can get knocked off now.”