I already know my mom’s reaction when she sees this post. She’ll sigh heavily and think to herself, “I hate that photo.”
Am I right mom???
Well you shouldn’t hate this photo, it’s super cute! It was taken when mom drove up to Atlanta a couple of months ago to join me in my adventures to meet The Pioneer Woman at her book signing. We had a great weekend!
My mom spent my youngest years at home with me and my little sister. She went back to work as a Speech Therapist at some point, but I mainly remember her being at home.
I remember her sitting behind home plate at my softball games. She brought a folding chair and would ring her hands when it was my turn to bat.
I remember her at every school function, ball game, church play, anything that I participated in you could bet your bottom dollar that mama would be there.
She would wake me and my sister in the mornings by sitting on our bed, shaking it as she wiggled around to get comfortable. “Well, it’s sunny today. You’ll probably want to wear something cool because it’s supposed to be 90 degrees. Are y’all awake? Mary, you’ve got a math test today. I know you’re gonna do well. Do y’all want scrambled eggs and grits this morning?” Mary and I would mutter through a few words to acknowledge we were awake, then mom would leave us to get ready for the day while she made our breakfast.
Mom doesn’t like the song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” I used to crank it up when it came on the radio, mom would say, “That song is so silly. Why do you like it so much???” And she took me and my friend Allison to a Bon Jovi concert when I was 13. She wore ear plugs and brought a magazine to read. I begged her to leave her magazine in her bag, HOW EMBARRASSING!!! After the concert she said, “That lead singer sure is bouncy.” Of course Allison and I corrected her by saying, “He’s so HOOOOOOT Mom!!!!”.
My mom is so naive, never getting a dirty joke unless you break it down for her. We have great fun at her expense with this information. As a teen she would always look to me, “How do you know what that means??? I don’t even get it, why do you know these things?” I would shrug my shoulders and just respond, “Health class!”
I had a fun childhood with great memories with my mom. I hope she has a Happy Mother’s Day. And I know she’s looking forward to becoming “Nana” for the first time. My little girl is so lucky to have such a loving Nana waiting on her arrival.
Love you Mom.