In the past 6+ months, The Mother has had two TIAs--mini-strokes. As far as anyone can tell, she has had no long-lasting effects from these, but I'm not so sure. I think her 'filters' have been affected. Whenever she has 'interrogated' someone before, she has been much more subtle. Anyway, here goes:
One evening, a few months back--after the first TIA and before the second--The Parents were visiting at some friends' house. Along with The Parents, another gentleman was visiting. This man graduated with The Father and has stayed in the area all these many years. This man is semi-famous back home--he is a musician and professor at a local college. All these years, it was assumed--by everyone--that he was gay. Everyone just took it for granted--he never married and was more than a little effeminate. And The Mother was put in a social situation with him.
As the evening progressed, the conversation took a turn. And it was The Mother who steered things along.
The Mother, turning to The Gentleman, asked, "M, can I ask you a question?"
The Gentleman said, "Of course, E, ask anything you want."
The Mother, unbelievably asked, "Are you gay?"
Yes, she actually asked him that question! To say that people's jaws dropped, is putting it mildly. (All except for The Father, as he is quite deaf and won't wear his hearing aids, so he heard NOTHING.) The Gentleman was very gracious and actually thanked The Mother for asking the question. He then went on to say that he is aware that people think he is gay, but he really isn't. The discussion went on for a bit and he asked The Mother if she had anything else she wanted to know. The Mother's response? "Did you have a face lift?"
I think this was intended for me.