A little while ago, my cell phone rang. It was Darren, who was out running errands with Dani. I said "Hey", but he didn't respond. It only took a few seconds for me to realize that his cell phone called me without his knowing it. (He keeps it in his pocket but never locks the keys, so it's happened before.)
I usually hang up, but tonight, I decided to try to get their attention. First, I started shouting into the phone as loudly as I could, "Helloooooooooo! DARRRRRRRRRRRREN! DANNNNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!! HELOoooOOOOooooOOOOooooOOOOOOO!!!!
Nothing. They just kept chit-chatting along, oblivious to the eavesdropper in Darren's pocket. Then I started meowing. "MEOW. MEEEEOOOOOOWWWWWWWW. MEERROOWWWWWWWLLLLLWWWWRRRLLLLLLL."
Dani said, "Do you hear that?"
Darren didn't hear it.
"I swear, I keep hearing a cat."
She looked in the backseat, on the floorboard, wondered if there might be a cat in the trunk. Darren said she was hearing things. Meanwhile, I keep meowing at the top of my lungs, in between fits of ROFLOL at myself.
Then Dani said, "Dad! You've been meowing this whole time?
I guess by then, Darren had heard it too, 'cause he said, "I promise, I only did it three times."
"I know I'm not insane," she quipped. "I. HEAR. A. CAT."
I then sent my meowing into overdrive. Several times, I was laughing and meowing so hard that I thought I'd have an aneurysm. LOL! Between meows, I listened to Darren brag about the dinner he cooked tonight, and I overheard him telling Dani how to make a red light turn green. Funny stuff. Soon enough, they pulled into the driveway.
At that moment, Aidan came down the stairs and said, "Mom. Please stop that meowing. You're keeping us awake!" Ian was on his tails. They looked at me like I'd lost my mind while I went on meowing and meowing, hiding on the stairs as Darren and Dani walked in the back door.
Upon entering the house and hearing the same meowing, Dani said ,"SEE?" and started looking in the suitcase they'd just borrowed from our friend Kristi, thinking one of Kristi's cats was trapped inside. Aidan settled it once and for all when he said, "MOM IS MEOWING! SO MUCH!"
My sides still hurt.