Lately when I call my parents (which I've been doing because of the serious LACK of phone calls on their end) I've been greeted by a fast run-down of their recent adventures, dinners they've had, plans they're making, and then quickly rushed off the phone. "OK, Jess. We love you. Talk soon."
These calls always end with my staring at the phone thinking, "Um, excuse me. I hang up on you. I rush through the weekly calls. Did they even ask me what I've been up to?! What the hell is going on?"
Often when I call home, my mom and dad will answer at the same time on two different phones, and then my dad will stay on the line, commenting throughout the call. The last time this happened, he started to replay an inside joke between the two of them and then Deb started to chime in, and they both started laughing, talking louder over each other, until they were both laughing hysterically on two different phones in the same house, as I stood waiting for the train, listening like an idiot, realizing that I wasn't a necessary part of the conversation.
Me: OK, well I have to go.
Deb & Steve (laughing): OK, so do we.
Me: No, I really have to go. So I'm hanging up now.
Deb & Steve: No, we really have to get going too. Bye. [click]
Me: What the what?
Don't get me wrong. It's cute. Kind of. And I love that my parents have inside jokes. It's weird, but it's nice. But when I talked to them on Sunday, my mom interrupted me by asking, "Do you hear that?"
"Do you hear that noise?"
"No, what is it?"
"Well I'm on the sofa in the family room, and your father is pushing it into the kitchen."
"Dad's pushing you around on a sofa?"
"Yes. I'm on the kitchen phone and he doesn't want to cord to stretch."
"He's going to scratch the floor doing that."
"He doesn't seem to care."
"Right. Well enjoy your sofa ride. I think I'm--"
"Oh, sorry, I'm getting a beep.
Seriously, who are these people?