There are probably already threads with similar content, but here I go!
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Mom is in memory care. I try to empower her by making sure she has a little cash on hand at all times. Why? Every week, friends from church kindly pick her up for Sunday services (I live 4 hours away), and Mom likes to put money in the offering plate. Sometimes they go out for lunch afterwards; therefore the cash. I don't give her a whole lot; just a handful of small bills to make her feel "rich." I also furnished her with a phone, but she rarely places a call. I think she's forgetting how.
Last week Mom managed to sort out the phone well enough to call me up. A few days prior I'd mailed her a small packet of personal items. It cost me $6.
Me: "Oh, hi Mom. How are you?"
Mom: "Why did you mail me this stuff? You should have brought it with you the next time you visit! It's too expensive! "
Me: "It's going to be a couple of weeks before I get back down there Mom. You needed those things right away."
Mom: "Well! I have to watch MY pennies around here, don't you?"
Me: "Okay Mom. I was just trying to make sure you had what you need."
Mom: "You should be more careful with your money! (Brief pause) I have to go, now."
Me: "Okay Mom, goodbye."
I hang up. Three minutes later the phone rings:
Mom: "Hello. Uh......." (can't remember my name).
Me: "Hi, Mom. What's up?"
Mom: "I called to tell you I can't find my cash! The people that work here stole it!"