Primo: I'm not doing it right!
Me: What? [worried that something has gone horribly wrong in collecting signatures for his nominating petition and he will try to involve me in a conversation about politics when all I want to do is bake some cakes for our neighbors, who include 1. new people, 2. people who just had a baby, and 3. a couple who is getting married. Any excuse is good for cake. But I need it to be cake with vegetable oil instead of butter because we are almost out of butter and Primo has not had a chance to get to Aldi.]
Primo: Do you think death anniversaries are important?
Me: Nope. But your mom sure did.
Primo: Yeah. She would get really upset if I didn't call her on Nancy's death anniversary AND on Nancy's birthday. [Doris got upset about everything.]
Me: It's not something I care about.
Primo: It was one year ago today that my mom died.
Primo: I hadn't even thought about it.
Me: Me neither.
Primo: Niece #2 sent me a text.
Me: Was it a text giving condolences or asking for them?
Primo: Giving. She wrote, "Thinking of you today, Uncle Primo. xoxoxox."
Me: That is really sweet and thoughtful.
Primo: Am I supposed to be sending something out?
Me: No. You had the closest degree of relationship with your mom. They contact you if they want. But you don't contact them.
Me: But it was awfully nice of her. She's a sweet kid.