Al Buchholtz

Al Bucholtz called me this morning. At five a.m.

He said he was Al Bucholtz, he was 82 and he had had a stroke. Interesting information, but I wasn’t sure why he was telling me all this.

He said he had just returned from visiting his brother in Abbotsford. Again, interesting information (Abbotsford is where I live), but I wasn’t seeing the relevance.

The conversation wasn’t making much sense. But it is understandable that an older person might be a bit confused at five in the morning. Al said he would make allowances for me.

Al then asked to speak to my supervisor.

I said I didn’t have a supervisor—other than my wife. But I wasn’t about to wake her at five in the morning. I haven’t lived this long without learning some things.

Al asked, “Isn’t this Maplehurst seniors care home?”

“No,” I answered. “Their number is one different from mine. It ends in a five, not a three.” (This has happened before. Usually at five in the morning.)

Al hung up—after I apologized for inconveniencing him and wasting his time. Al said he didn’t mind. After all, you couldn’t expect too much from old people at five in the morning.

Note: Some of the names in this post have been changed to protect…well, not to protect anyone but just because I have a faulty memory.

About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is
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