Caller: "Hello, may I speak to Marilyn, please?"
Me: "This is her son, Jess. May I ask who's calling?"
It turned out to be an old high school friend of hers, calling to catch up. So I got to take a trip back to last year, explaining to her how my Mom was gone. Apparently, this friend of hers isn't doing so well, either. When I said, "I'm sorry to have to tell you, but she passed away," her old friend said, "I'm not far behind her."
So sad to tell people that someone has died, especially when it involves briefly revisiting the loss of my Mom. That's the problem with having had the best Mom ever--the loss is that much more acute. So, one more time... and I hope that's the last one. *sigh*