Thursday, August 21, 2008

NEW Adventures in the Life of Brenda #10: A Salute to the Mommies-To-Be

It's happened to all of us. That phone call or text from an unknown number or even someone off the street starts having a conversation with you without disclosing their name or how they know you leaving you dumbly staring trying to trace their tell-tale mole or squeaky voice to a particular era of your life so you can remember their name. What do you do in this situation? Do you stop them and say, "Sorry, but I have no idea who you are. Who are you? Are we enemies? Why am I on this wall? WHERE'S BUTTERCUP?!" or do you carry on the conversation with the hopes that dropped clues and a really good educated guess will bring you to the correct conclusion? I chose the latter yesterday morning when I received a text from someone who wasn't in my Caller ID. The text message was, simply:

"I'm pregnant!"

Oh dear. This is someone I know well enough that she'd text me telling me she's pregnant. And the AREA CODE! 713. Where the heck is that? After a quick Google search I find it's in Houston, Texas. Yikes. Who do I know in Houston?!

"Jon! Where do the Roys live?"
"Are you sure they don't live in Houston?"

Shoot. Well, let's play along. Maybe she'll mention her husband's name...

"Congratulations! Are you excited?" I text back. That's pretty safe...
"Yes! We've been trying for 3 months!" texts phantom mommy-to-be.
"Well, may God bless your pregnancy!"

Oh geez. WHO IS THIS?! "Jon, who is this??? How can I find out who it is?" I plead. "You could ask her." he replies in all logic and reason. "Nooooooooooo, but I caaaaaaaaaaaan't. I've already pretended like I know who it is!" I give him my pleading face which is really probably not very flattering. He chuckles and says, "Well, then you'll just have to wonder!"

Fine. I fume to myself. How could I have let myself get into this pickle. I should have just asked from the beginning. I text her back, "I'm sorry, but I thought I knew who this was, but I'm not so sure...who are you?" I don't know why this was so humiliating. Poke my pride with a stick and watch me sputter around like a deflating balloon.

OOooooh! It's Martha from college! I'm glad I didn't start calling random friends asking, "Are YOU the pregnant mommy-to-be?"

All this talk of pregnant ladies got me to wondering just how many bellies I currently know! So I made a collage! (Unfortunately I had to leave one friend out because my collage could only have 9 heads. Sorry, Danielle!) Here's to expecting mothers!! Amber, Audra, Becky, Betsy, Joelle, Luda, Martha, Missy, and Molly. (I wonder who will be next...???? It could be YOU!!)


Jon said...

You didn't mention that you woke me out of a deep, peaceful slumber. **dream dream dream** "JON!" (grunt) "Who do we know in Houston?!" ( one)


Bron & Jenda said...

It was NOT a deep, peaceful slumber. You were shifting as one shifts when they realize their bladder is waking them up.

Brenda L said...

You forgot Susan! There are 7 pregnant women in our Church. :)

Emmy! said...

Brendy, you're such a good writer! I love reading your blog! I was on the edge of my seat thinking, "who could be the mystery pregnant woman?!" hahaha :) Love, Emmy

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The Charlebois said...

Cute! Thanks!

Sara said...

Oh, if only the text was from me. Hopefully soon though. I think I'll need your phone number though, I only have Jons...I think.