When mom answered the phone I said "hi Ruthie" not realizing that my mom did not recognize my voice. We spoke, and for the third day in a row, she did not sound as perky as usual. After we spoke for a while I heard Elaine ask my mom who she was speaking to and my mom answered "my friend".
That was when I reallized that my mom did not know who I was. I realized that I must have thrown her off by saying "hi Ruthie", instead of my always and forever,"hi mom'. You can bet that I will never do that again.