Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shocking News!

I just got off the phone with my mother. And I got some shocking news. Jillian Laura McCaughey Hotchkiss is on her way to Louisiana. And she's coming to see -- me.
The last time I saw her, we exchanged bitter words. And I think I know what the problem is.
I'm exactly like her.
Looks wise I have dad's freckles but that's it. Everything else belongs to her. The eyes, the hair color, the hair cut, even the near sightedness.
When my parents split up, my dad took custody of me while mom traveled the country as an attorney.
Mom was a total go-getter. She was the kind of person to whom if there was an opportunity to do something, she went ahead and did it, and then asked questions later.
During tonight's phone conversation, my mother sounded somber, almost melancholy (did I spell that right?). She was crying. It was someone I hadn't heard before.
She wasn't my mother. She was someone else pretending to be my mother.
As I've said before in this space, my mother is an identical twin. Her twin sister, Joan Marie McCaughey Fleming, lives in Colorado with her rancher husband and 4 kids. They look exactly alike but are different as night and day. Sometimes I used to wish Aunt Joan was my mother instead of my mother.
I'm nervous as all heck and I have no idea what I'm going to say to her. I, Haley Elizabeth Hotchkiss, who has something to say (usually) about anything and anyone, will probably turn to mush around that woman.


Karen said...

Don't feel bad, Haley. Just be yourself, and everything will be OK.

12OldFashionDolls said...

Wow, I take it that its your mom thats coming. I'm so sorry your are scared, but how could it not go well since you are the dearest Haley in the whole wide world?

I'd wear your pretty Open House dress when she arrives. But be yourself...definetley.

Keep us up to date, did she say hen she'll arrive?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry!
Maybe she'll be nice, I have a cousin that's just like me and we're best friends! How long since you've seen her?

Anonymous said...

ps. this was from mia from

Sophie said...

Bonne chance! My mom died quand j'ai été une jeune fille de 4 ans...but if I was in the same situation, I'd definitely be as nervous as you. I think I agree with the person who said to wear the dress you wore for Open House.

My teacher says she really can't be all that bad with a middle name like Laura...but I think she's joking, lol...

Wendy said...

Uh oh. Good luck with your mom! That sounds like a really awkward situation, but I'm sure you'll be able to handle it.

Haley said...

Guys, thanks for the comments. It really was strange to hear from her again. The last time I talked to her was over the Christmas break and that was over the phone. She did send me an outfit that I maybe wore once or twice. It's not really my style. The way she was talking it sounded like she was coming for Easter.

Avery V. said...

I hope everything goes well! I'm sorry to hear your scared, I hope everything turns out OK.