Imagine if you ran your own Estate/Lettings Agency and mentioned to your mother you were short staffed. She then (very kindly) insits you train her to work in the office.....what would you say......honestly.
Bearing in mind she's 72 and a little um....eccentric arty and has no office/sales experience.
The thing is, she wants to answer the phones...and of course people aren't always lovely and polite if their boiler has broken down, and we can't get a boiler man out to them ^this second^, or if a buyer puts in a really low offer on a house...vendors have been known to swear at us. .My mother doesn't know rude people exist, and I don't want her to learn at 72!
Ah, I lookbetterwithdrink..... great idea...you've met my mother then.
She sounds like she wants to be ofuse, but in a way that suits her. (And, possibly, that she misses you - sorry! Just because that may be the case doesn't mean you have to spend time with her though!) Volunteer work?
Slightly different but my Dad was staying with us when I had my 2nd interview for a job I really wanted (after 3.5 years of SAHM). He came into London with me, got off the tube with me (20 mins to go) and said "What are we doing now?" I said "I am going to Starbucks to compose my thoughts." He said, "I don't like Starbucks" I said, "That's fine I think it is time you went off for a walk. I will call after I have had the interview. Good bye." I think he'd have come in with me...and I am 37.
I think I would diplomatically say that the situation had resolved itself; thank her profusely for her very kind offer and say you'll be sure to remember the offer if the situation arises again.