Mum rings me to tell me that tornadoes are heading her way according to the local news. She seems unconcerned. She says she's had a good day.
"Well, I've had a rotten day"
There is a long silence.
"Oh well, I suppose I'll be off then" she says.
"I just said I've had a bad day! Are you going to ask me about it or respond in any way?"
A shorter pause. She chuckles.
"Yes, I suppose."
I get to list the problems I've dealt with today. There's no reaction or sympathy to anything. I don't think she understands a word I'm saying. Perhaps if I was a newsreader on her TV I could reach her.