My Mother Got Stuck in an Elevator!

Ohmygosh, Blogging Friends, Big News!

My mother, my sweet mother, the mother you’ve all met & heard about, just got stuck in an elevator in her condominium in Fort Myers Beach!

She just called with the exciting news!

“Oh, Mom, Wow,” I said, “WOW!  You got stuck in an ELEVATOR?  What happened?  Oh this is the BEST blog ever!”

Mom said, “Oh, Kathy, here’s what happened.  Dad and I were preparing to go to church with Jeannette.  You remember Jeannette, right?  Dad and Jeannette went downstairs and were waiting for me.”

“I got in the elevator.  From the sixth floor, you know.  Pushed the button for the lobby and waited.  And waited.  And waited.  The elevator didn’t move.  I pushed the buttons to open the door.  Nothing happened.  I waited some more.  Finally decided to call 911 from the phone in the elevator.”

Regular readers of Lake Superior Spirit will remember that my mother was called by the Nicaraguan Authorities to account for her Luggage in our recent trip to Central America. Please read this blog to hear of her adventures.

My mom and dad at condo, on boat, circa 2009

On Sunday, down in Fort Myers Beach, at the condominium where Mom and Dad enjoy Florida winters and, sigh, how I wish that I could fly down one more time in March to be with them, sigh, sigh, oh it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, but don’t miracles happen all the time?…   On Sunday, my mother prepared to descend in condo elevator to the ground floor where Dad would drive her and Jeannette to the Presbyterian Church mid-Island…but the Elevator refused to Cooperate.

It stopped.

Stayed there.

Wouldn’t move.

Long moments followed.

She called 911 on the handy elevator emergency phone and calmly explained her predicament.  (You gotta love my mom!  She is so calm & collected for a woman of almost-80.  Shhh, I didn’t say that about the age.  I wouldn’t divulge it, no, without her permission.  Please wait one moment while I call Mom.)

911 asks her if she’s claustrophobic.

No, she says calmly, yep, she’s my mom, she’s sooooo cool.

A view from inside the condo. On the 6th floor. Overlooking the Magnificent Back Bay.

(I probably would be gasping for air while penning notes in the small notebook in my purse, awaiting Death’s imminent arrival…writing a blog, of course!)

They ask her to please, kindly, stay on the line.

They check the location of the nearest fire department.

How fortunate!

Right up the road from said condominium.

They keep talking with her.

“I’m a little nervous,” my mom admits.

(No!  Not my mom!  Not my heroine, my elevator mama, cool, calm, and collected…)

The fire folk arrive after fifteen long minutes pass. (We don’t think they put on flashing lights and loud sirens, though.  After all it was just an elevator mishap, not a kitchen fire or heart attack victim, thank goodness.)

They pry open the door, releasing the trapped mama.

She alights.

She takes the second elevator and calmly joins my dad and Jeannette on the first floor.

The other condo folks gather ’round.  Others share that they could not, would not, have been able to handle this with the calm aplomb of my mom.  They tell her so.

She is instantly famous–or is that “infamous”?–in the small condo circle, a Survivor of Stuck Elevators, an instant celebrity.

My parents nod calmly, I’m sure, and proceed to church.

Me, at the condo pool. Where I would like to be right now, should the Universe agree.

I listen, breathlessly, to her account.

“Did you go to church to thank God for rescuing you from the elevator?” I breathe.  “Ohmygoodness, this is the BEST blog ever!”

“Dale,” she says in the background, “All she can think of is the blog!”

My dad laughs.

“Yes,” she continues, dead serious,  “I did thank God for rescuing me from the elevator.”

I am thanking God, too, Mom.

Phew!

She was rescued!  What luck!  What joy!

(And now I have the BEST blog to share with all of you, isn’t it true?  Aren’t you glad Mom called with this story?  And she was rescued so magnificently?)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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63 Responses to My Mother Got Stuck in an Elevator!

  1. Sybil says:

    I like your mom ! Tell her I like her daughter too !

  2. First the luggage, now the elevator…never a dull moment with your mom, is there? 😉

  3. lisaspiral says:

    But Kathy, No stories about her new friends the firemen?

  4. Oh dear, now you know they know where your mother lives.

  5. I would absolutely think that the ZOMBIES would be coming next….Glad your mom is safe.

    • Kathy says:

      Zombies? Heavens, my mom probably doesn’t even believe in Zombies. I, on the other hand, am convinced that life is full of strange & irreconcilable possibilities… (I’m glad she’s safe too.)

  6. WOW!
    Can you say FUNNY!

  7. There is never a dull moment!

    And I’m confident that the only reason your mom got a wee tad nervous during the ordeal was due to the person on the other end of the line who kept asking if she were scared. She planted seeds of uncertainty and then kept hoeing the rows over and over again – sheesh!

    • Kathy says:

      Excellent thought, Laurie. My mother would never have been the teeniest bit nervous if it weren’t for the 911 lady asking her repeatedly how she was doing. Sheeesh!

  8. Kathy, I can oh so clearly picture you gasping for air while writing a blog post in your notebook, awaiting Death’s imminent arrival…

    Loved your mom saying in the background: “Dale! All she can think of is the blog!” LOL!!!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, I must admit to giggling, as well. Isn’t life fun? Or isn’t it fun AFTER the firemen come and pry you out of their stuck elevator and then you can talk about the adventure for months afterward?

  9. Lori DiNardi says:

    Ack! I’m claustrophobic and getting stuck in one of those is my nightmare. I’ll have to find out what condo that is in case I ever find myself in Ft Myers (since it’s not too far from me). Glad your mom is ok. Whew!

    • Kathy says:

      You don’t have to worry about my parent’s condo, Lori. I mean, how often does lightening strike in the same place twice? I’m sure they’ll fix it up good, and it will never, ever, ever get stuck again, especially when we visit…

  10. Heather says:

    Your mom has some exciting adventures 🙂 I love your mom telling your dad of your blogly concerns. One must always remember what’s really important. **grin** Glad that only the doors were stuck, and the only problem was tardiness to church.

    • Kathy says:

      Well, she didn’t have that many exciting adventures until a month ago, Heather. She may be on a roll in preparation for her big birthday next November. The last exciting thing that happened to Mom was on her 75th birthday. I was there. A strange man with a parrot came up to us as we walked along the beach. Then the parrot leaned over and KISSED HER ON THE LIPS! I am still amazed at that one.

  11. Fountainpen says:

    On early evening a friend of mine was stuck in an elevator in a building that was
    being rennovated. Somehow all the workers had gone home. He did not know that the entire building was shut down for the time…..and somehow he took the elevator that he always had taken….and lo! It moved, but would not open!!!!!!! and
    there was NO ONE around and NO PHONE, so he just lay down on the
    floor and WENT TO SLEEP until MORNING when the workmen arrived and let him out!!!………

    I guess he figured there were two options: go crazy or go to sleep…..he chose going to sleep…..I can only hope that I would be able to make that choice if stuck in an elevator overnight!!!!!!!
    Fountainpen

    • Kathy says:

      Your friend is a Saint. Who else would lay down and go to sleep in a stuck elevator? I want to be like him when I grow up. (We’ll both be like him when we that happens, right? C’mon Fountainpen, we can do it!)

  12. So glad it all ended well 🙂
    You know… growing up, I lived on the 11th floor of a highrise fot 17 years and never, ever got stuck in the elevator!

    • Kathy says:

      Go figure. Wonder why some folks get stuck in elevators and some folks don’t. Life is a mystery. I am glad that you have escaped that possibility.

  13. sonali says:

    The BEST blog! Thank God she was magnificently rescued, Oh the elevator accidents can be bad. But Its great that we have the rescuers arrive on time. Convey my kind regards to your mom.

    • Kathy says:

      It is certainly delightful to have something fun & exciting about which to blog, let alone a topic which has a thrilling happy ending. 🙂 I WILL give my mom your kind regards from India. She will be happy. Who knows? Maybe she’s even reading comments this time. (She doesn’t usually read comments. My dad does sometimes, though.)

  14. lynnekovan says:

    Bless! What a trooper you ma is! Mine would have just waited for someone to come without thinking of calling 911!

    • Kathy says:

      You’re making me think, Lynne. I wonder how many people would have started shouting. Glad that there are phones in most elevators these days. I do think my mom is a trooper. She’s the best.

  15. Irene Lefort says:

    I have never been stuck in an elevator before. (I used to live on the 15th floor for 12 years.) If I had been caught in an elevator, I would have definitely been late for church. I am also cutting it close. 🙂 Sounds like your parents were in time. Alls well that ends well. Cheers!

    • Kathy says:

      All that matters is that they were on time for church, Irene! **grin** I am happy that you transcended those 15 floors for twelve years without getting stuck–and without being late for church.

  16. Brenda Hardie says:

    Ohmygoodness! I am so glad your Mom was rescued and is ok and even made it to church on time! You know…..perhaps God has a little sense of humor and was assisting you in your weariness to find suitable topics to blog about….so…in His infinite wisdom He laid out the plan and set it in motion! And wouldn’t you know it all worked out just perfectly 😀 Calm Mama was rescued with no harm or serious mishap…calm Mama made it church ON TIME (ideal for sending up prayers of gratitude!) and lovely, worried, daughter Kathy got a very exciting blog story! And even amused Daddy got a chuckle about lovely, worried, daughter and her blog story excitement! 😀 This is way too much fun Kathy!! Especially knowing your dear Mom is ok!! ♥ But I agree with lisaspiral….you forgot all about the fire folk…you might want to have a “part 2” to this story! And I think Linda (purpleborough) was worrying about the terrorists and government agents now knowing where your dear Mama lives….and hey…shhhh…..shhhh….you don’t think they set this all up do you??? lol lol

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I adore how you’ve made Everything Perfect. You get a sticker today, along with Elisa! As for those terrorists and governmental officials setting this all up, nahhhh… I’m not buyin’ it. I’ve sent them too much Trenary Toast!

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        lol…:D Wise thinking Kathy! Butter them up with lots of wonderful toast 😀 Thank you for the sticker 😀 Looky looky Elisa…I got a sticker too!

  17. Dana says:

    I always appreciate it when friends and family members drop perfect blog post ideas right into my lap! (It’s made all the better knowing that your mother made it out safely, of course.) “No mothers were harmed in the making of this blog”. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      “No mothers were harmed in the making of this blog.” Phew… Dana, we gotta watch it. We’re too eager for blog material, aren’t we?

  18. How funny, Kathy. Sara says everything in our lives revolves around the blog, as well. So glad to hear you mother made it out alive! What a cutie!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • Kathy says:

      Alas, Kathy, it is so true… We are so bonded with our blogs we can’t go anywhere without bringing them up… I shall tell my mom you called her a “cutie”. It will make her day.

  19. SusanDerozier says:

    Kathy – What a great story about your mom. And what a fantastic view from their condo! Am jealous of the latter and relieved about the former. Good to be able to find you again. My computer crashed just before going in the hospital and I’ve been lost. it still only works part of the time but I was able to find you today. Hold a happy thought!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, I am SO happy to hear from you! I have thought of writing you an email the last few days asking how you are doing. So sorry to hear about the computer crash–may it find its way back to life soon. Understand what you mean by the envy and the relief. Take care & come back soon!!

  20. naterino says:

    My question is: how did she have the guts to get into the second elevator? She must have nerves made of steel!

    • Kathy says:

      That is such a good question, naterino! Maybe she felt safe with the firefighters still around? And it would be a lot of steps to walk down… You know what they say. When you get thrown off a horse, get back on right away.

  21. Dawn says:

    Yea, I’d have taken the stairs for sure after that..at least for that day!

    ANd you know how I feel about going home to visit the parents. If you feel like you want to go…just scrape up the $ and go. You’ll never regret going too often. And your folks are so cool…they deserve another visit! Just GO!

    • Kathy says:

      I know, Dawn, but I was just there with them for ten days less than a month ago. Feel like I’m being a bit too excessive. Will probably head down to Yale to visit them in the spring/early summer when they’re back in Michigan. Maybe we can even meet up this time!

  22. P.j. grath says:

    Kathy, I forgot (when I saw your headline) that your parents are in Florida for the winter, and I was thinking she’d been trapped in an elevator in MICHIGAN when the POWER WENT OUT! Glad it was not so. Glad she was rescued quickly.

    Did you guys get a big storm up there? We did!!!

    • Kathy says:

      I’m glad it wasn’t in Michigan, too, especially if the power went out. Yikes! I guess that storm hit all of us. Hopefully you’re all shoveled out now. Our temp hit 50 degrees this afternoon and everything is dripping…

  23. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I just love your Mom 🙂

    I’m smiling as I read this. And not just because of your Mom’s adventure and your wonderful storytelling, as good as they both are. When your blog title came in two days ago I smiled and wondered what the blog was really going to be about. Expect the unexpected, that sort of thing. This time it is exactly as you said! I love how you keep us guessing with those imaginative blog titles. No wonder I save these for a quiet moment to really enjoy.

    • Kathy says:

      You know, Colleen, I totally understand you preparing yourself for the unexpected here. How I love to think of these imaginative blog titles. (Although the truth is, I sometimes just ask the Universe for one. Then, while washing dishes or stoking the fire, the blog title sometimes leaps into the head all unexpected and simply amuses the dickens out me, too. One of the funnest parts of blogging, seeing what titles the Universe thinks are funny.)

  24. bonnie says:

    Three cheers for your Mom. I think I would have passed out. Not keen on elevators at the best of times.

  25. Val says:

    In this post, you sound like an excited 17 year old, lol! 🙂 I’m glad your mom was calm through it all, and her comment on the phone that all you could think about was the blog, made me laugh – that is a response I’m very familiar with!

    I got stuck in an elevator once (in days when I ‘went out more’… you’ll know what I mean) but time passed quickly as I was in there with a good-looking’ guy… (nope, nothing happened, but y’know…)

    • Kathy says:

      Oh no, I felt a moment of shame for coming across as an excited 17-year old instead of an excited 54-year old. 😦 At 17 I would have been too quiet and shy and definitely not confident enough to come across as funny. Maybe it’s good that the inner 17-year old was finally allowed to express herself in a blog. After all these years!

      Being stuck in an elevator with a good-looking guy sounds like something a 17 year old would dream about…

      • Val says:

        Good heavens, Kathy – no need to feel shame about coming across as a 17 year old, I meant it as a compliment – you sounded bubbly and happy. 🙂

        • Kathy says:

          I probably have (had?) issues of being called an excited 17 year old. I’m sure I do (did?) Now I am going to take it as a compliment. I am smiling and nodding. Thank you, Val.

  26. Marianne says:

    Very, very funny blog, Kathy!

    The view from the window is beautiful. I understand why you want to visit (other than spending time with your neat folks). Btw, your dad’s legs are gorgeous. My dad had great legs, but somehow I missed out. Phooey! 🙂

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