Friday, August 05, 2011

Or maybe I'm in a British sitcom?


It has, shall we say, been a rough few days. I'm sorry to be largely absent from blogland, but I have spent more time on the phone with all kinds of bureaucrats over the past few days than I have spent on the phone with anyone in probably a year. (My advice for the uninitiated: MAKE A WILL and KEEP ALL OF YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS IN ONE PLACE.)

That said, I cannot say enough thank-yous to all of you who have showered us with hugs, consolations, donations in my mother-in-law's memory - some even from people I have never met - and general good thoughts.

That has helped make up for some of the not-so-funny insane shit, like my mother-in-law's "friend" who called Mr. RK's sister not 12 hours after their mother died and demanded to start going through her stuff. Or the person we have never even heard of who wanted to go view her body at the hospital morgue. Or the "friend" of my sister-in-law who asked, "Can I have your mom's clothes?" I kid you not. Or the hospital's business office calling my husband asking for insurance information after I specifically told them all such calls go through me, so my husband and his sister can be left alone. (I left her a voicemail that was, albeit without any profanity, so stern that she is now only speaking to the insurance guy.)

However...the last couple of days were without their insane moments of humor. I'll take any laugh I can get just about now.

Picking up my mother-in-law's ashes today at the funeral home, all was very solemn. Outside, my sister-in-law gave me a hug and then whispered, "Your zipper is down."

And I was wearing bright pink underwear!

Don't tell me that's TMI. I had to live it, you just have to read it.

Then one of Mr. RK's mom's friends made a donation in Mr. RK's mom's memory. The donor's name is Ms. Adcock.

And she is a lesbian.

I swear I'm not making this up. A friend of mine texted: "This is beginning to sound like a British sitcom!"

One of my (gay) friends said, "I believe that. If it was Mrs. Delete Cock, I'd be skeptical."

Another friend (who is a lesbian) said, "I'd be wary if Mrs. Strap-on donates in Mr. RK's mom's memory."

So if your last name is Strap-On - hey, it's possible, if you are married and/or British aristocracy - please do donate. I double dog dare you!

18 comments:

Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said...

Okay, I feel bad for laughing when you're talking about a relative's death, but that's hilarious.

Granny Annie said...

It is a God-given stress and grief release to have those moments of laughter. Pink panties -- perfect. LOL

Lynn said...

I'm glad there have been some moments of levity during this time. I did have a chuckle over the thought of you walking out with the urn and displaying your pink panties. :) Heehee.

lgsquirrel said...

Sounds like your mother in law knew a few colorful people (and I am not specifically referring to people with pink panties).

Darth Weasel said...

Just be glad you were wearing some...

Death is weird. Brings out the best in some people and the worst in others.

And the best/worst part is...for many of them, they do not realize they are being awesome/jerks.

Much love to the both of you

Riot Kitty said...

L: Don't feel bad - the laughter has been a huge relief for us! And it's funny, anyhow. She's up there laughing somewhere.
GA: I agree...
L: HA! Glad to provide laughs where we can.
LG: LOL! Yes, she did.
Darth: Oh man. Won't even respond to that first comment! But the second one...don't get me started.

Aliceson said...

What a nightmare or least a bad dream this must be, but I'm glad you haven't forgotten to laugh at the funny moments. I'm sure your husband's family is glad to have you around taking care of things and kicking ass when it needs to be kicked. You rock, RK and know that good thoughts are still coming your way from Wisconsin, and your former MN this weekend, as we're here visiting the fam. Hugs to you!

Green Tea said...

Your experience has given me thought.
I hate discussing our finances it makes me very nervous. But My Hubba is not getting any younger, I am 8 years younger then him and he just had a birthday that makes me nervous.
I called my oldest son and he is coming over next week. I want him to sit down with his dad and go over everything including finances, insurance etc. If something happen to me it will make things easier for him too.. I hope things get better..hug Mr K for me...GiGi

Riot Kitty said...

Aliceson: Yeah, the laughter is getting us through. Thanks very much for the good thoughts. :)
GT: A number of our friends have said that since this happened, they want to put things in order, too. Just in case. It would have been a hell of a lot easier for my husband and his family.

Claire said...

Trust you to find the humour...you are such a star, sweetie. Thinking of and praying for you guys.

Cxx

ileana said...

As I mentioned earlier you are a light to all during this dark time. Love the Adcock story. Oh my!

PS - You have cool friends, chica...and I'm not just talking about me! lol (J/K!) Seriously, they rock!! Hugs to you and Sean!! xo

Marnie said...

You are like me, I find humor in everything. Keeps you sane! Big hugs xo

Riot Kitty said...

Claire: You're sweet! Or, I just may be living in a British sitcom...
Ily: Thanks chica :)
M: So true. Thanks :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

That Adcock bit is so ridiculous I just may have to use it some day in a story.

As always, best wishes to you and yours.

Riot Kitty said...

ABFTS: Go for it! And thanks.

Senorita said...

Wow, I've been away for too long. Sorry to hear about your MIL.

But I did want to let you know that I have also been caught with my fly down wearing hot pink underpants, except that I was on a plane to Europe and could not figure out for the life of me why people were looking down while I was walking to my seat.

Anil P said...

Sorry to learn of the demise of your mother-inlaw.

And talk of insensitivity, of folks lacking any patience to wait or lacking grace, well, it never ceases to amaze.

Riot Kitty said...

S: Hahaha! I feel better now ;)
Anil: Thanks...