A few notable things happened on the Queen Mother's birthday:
1) She got a card from a friend showing an old lady in a crown and caftan with a caption something like "Queen for a Day", which the friend amended to ready "Queen Mother for
a day ever."
2) She got another card which presented one woman saying to another: "Bitch. She only has two chins." I found this particularly amusing since I have always had a second chin. I think when they "corrected" my double thumb my body compensated by growing a double chin.
3) She did not understand the present I gave her for a full two minutes. It was a set of all the Michael Apted Up Documentaries - in which he follows a group of British kids and re-visits them every seven years.
"The Up Series." (Blank look.)
"Yeah, Mom. You know...Seven Up?"
"21 Up ... the last one we saw was 35 Up..."
"Oooooohhhhh." Polite but still baffled.
"The little boy who wanted to be a jockey, but then [SPOILER ALERT!] he was too big to be a jockey, and that one guy who became homeless - "
Finally she got it. I was a little worried. When you see something every SEVEN YEARS SINCE 1977 you would think a person would remember it. I've always heard it was the short-term memory that is the first to go, but evidently not.
Well then, just in case, Mom - don't forget today's my birthday!