Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wire Tapped

Pretend you were wire tapping my phone at work today...

This is what you would have heard...

Strange man named Frank: Hello Mrs. Ruch? Yes, this is Frank I'm calling from blah blah blah about Barry Kollberg.

Me: Yes?

Frank: I was calling to see if there is any family member that will be claiming the body.

Me: What body?

Frank: Mr. Kollberg's body...(long pause) Were you not notified?

Me: Notified of what?!? What are you talking about?

Frank: Mr. Kollberg passed away and we need to know what to do with the body.

Me: What?!? WHEN?!? HOW?!?

Frank: Evidently he passed away July 13th.

Me: WHAT?!? JULY 13TH?!? AND NOBODY NOTIFIED ME?!? (Interject here that Barry is my step-dad and I am his legal guardian...he was in a nursing home with Alzheimer's...or so I thought)

Frank: Gee I'm sorry, I don't know how that happened, but will someone be claiming the body?

Me: (Ready to go slightly postal) Excuse me for my utter surprise, disbelief, shock, dismay, (the list goes on and on and includes swear words) No, I don't know if someone's going to claim 'the body' as you so eloquently call him, because I didn't even know there was a body!!!! Could I possibly call you back after I get my head about me?


Swear to God, that was my day today. I am now planning a funeral.


3 kids & us said...

I'm so sorry let me know if you need anything.

Anne said...

I'm so sorry Jacque...I can't believe that...I'm at a loss for words as well. I will be here if you need to talk or anything else. God Bless you and your family.
*hugs* love, anne

jennifer said...

I know who Poppy is now. This story is just surreal. Bless your heart. What a shock that must have been.


Amanda said...

Mind blowing and heartbreaking, so sorry.

Catherine said...

I'm so sad they informed you that way of Poppy's death. I was so ashamed not to have sent you words of confort and friendship.I was wondering how I haven't read a post about him before I leave on July 22d! But, you weren't informed either! That was really surrealist!
So sorry, Jacque.
And I LOVED your words of wisdom about your Gramma Bee. It was so charming and full of tenderness and faith.
(I have had so many difficulties to post you a comment this evening! Just my computer which is out of date, I succeeded when my daughter proposed me to use hers. But I really wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you and your family. May God be on your side, and provide you help and strength)