I only made up my mind to go down and visit Mum yesterday and she has already called me up 3 times this afternoon, asking me where I am and when I'm going to arrive. She thinks it's today I'm coming. She evidently thinks my land line reaches me wherever I am, too.
Each time she rang I explained that it was at the weekend that I would be coming down and that I work during the week.
Each time she reacted as if to say "Of course! I knew that!"
And then she would call again.
Each time I asked her what day it was today. Each time she had no idea. I would tell her to look at her clock, but she would read out the date every time I asked her for the day.
I'd forgotten how hard this is. I'm feeling exhausted even before the long drive down.