When I showed mom the photo, the conversation went like this:
Mom: “Oh my god! People will think I’m dead!”
Me: “I’ll be sure to say that you’re not dead, that there’s nothing wrong, that you’re just getting an EKG at your regular cardiologist follow-up appointment. I’ll be sure I tell people that you’re ok, and that you’re not dead.”
I put the iPhone back in my pocket.
Mom: “Let me see that again. It looked like my stomach was sticking up.”
I take out the phone, retrieve the photo, and show her.
Mom: “Look how my stomach is sticking up. People will think I’m pregnant.”
Me: “I’ll be sure to mention that you’re almost 89. I think that should let people know you’re not pregnant. I could tell them you had a hysterectomy in 1971 too, just in case…”
Mom: “Ok. So why do you want to post this picture?”
Me: “Because I am doing a series on my blog, about the year in the life of Mom. And, I have to take pictures when we’re doing something, because I can’t keep taking pictures of you in your chair, doing puzzles.”
Mom: “That would be kind of boring.”
Mom: “You haven’t taken any pictures of me sleeping, have you?”
Me: “No. I thought about it, but I didn’t want to wake you with any noise from the camera.”
Mom: “It’s ok. I wouldn’t wake up.”