Happy Mothers Day!

I wanted to wish my mom a Happy Mother’s Day!!!  Once again my card is late ~ sorry mom. Lately, my schedule is such, it makes it hard to keep up on personal affairs.  My mother is funny person – she used to embarrass me as a kid.  Between my family and friends we have some fond memories of my mom.  As kids, we  would come to a traffic light and she would see broken glass in the middle of the street and actually get out of the car (yes, she kept a broom in the car).  She would march to the trunk and whip out the boom and start sweeping up glass in the middle of the street. It didn’t matter if there were other cars around, she thought it was her civic duty.   It was so embarrassing, my sister and I would hide in the back seat.   We would be like, “No mom! Not again…this is so embarrassing!”

For my birthdays, my mom would make me work for my gift.  It started with a note by my bed ~ a full treasure hunt  ~ each note taking me to a different place in the house ~ telling me where I had to go and where I had to look.  She would make me go to the attic, down to the basement, in cabinets, dryer, etc. finally one year the final note took me to the freezer in the ice tray, where, I found a little box all wrapped up.  It was a pair of earrings.  I thought it was cheesy at the time, but secretly I loved it. She always made everything an adventure and made us work for it.   My best friend and I in high school had our birthdays' in December.  Sue was the 29th and I was the 30th.  We were the youngest in our class, but we always celebrated our birthday’s together.  Sue and I would always celebrate at a local restaurant, Oliver’s Tavern and leave it to my mom, to always called ahead to ensure they had a cake for us (with staff singing happy birthday).  Some years she would make an appearance by singing happy birthday.   I would always say to Sue, “Oh! I hope they don’t come out singing (we knew my mom)!”. 

My mom was goof ball.  While on vacation on the Cape with our neighbors, my mom and her best friend Barbara would do Chinese fire drills with us  on the Cape.  For all of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when you get out of your car at a stop light and you run around the car.   On vacation, we (the kids) would play pranks on our moms.  While they were at the beach one day, parked in a crowed parking lot, we toilet papered their car.  They came back from the beach making fun of the toilet papered car until they realized it was their car.  When they arrived home, imagine their amazement when they pulled in the driveway to find their underwear and bras hanging from all the trees.  Of course, we were in high school and thought we were so funny.   That night we could hear our mom’s giggling and plotting their revenge.  I woke up to find peanut butter in my sneakers.  I went to put my shoes the next day and as I slid my shoe on there was a glob of peanut butter, gross!  My mom knew how much I hated peanut butter.  They put cold cream on the toilet so we slid off the toilet when we sat down.  They thought they were hilarious!

Christmas was the same, my mom hates us knowing what we are getting.  Even if it was a gift certificate she would have to disguise it.  One year, I had rocks in my present, to weigh down the box.  I decided to get her back one year and took her own underwear out of her drawer and wrapped her gift certificate in it.  She was so excited saying  how much she needed new underwear, not even realizing it was hers (from her own drawer).  I had her gift certificate hidden inside.  I was laughing so hard, I could hardly breathe. 

Marie Baby (Sue’s nickname) is a funny woman.  She makes us all laugh, she’s thoughtful, her friends love her, and she has made me who I am today. 

Thank you Mom!  Happy Mothers Day!


P.S. I also want to wish all my friends who are mom’s a Happy Mother’s Day! Your all amazing, special and beautiful women, I hope you have a special day with or without kids! LOL! 


Stephanie said...

Ann, what a wonderful tribute to your mom. She sounds like a lot of fun!

Sue Pogo Peck said...

Very nice Annie! Such great memories of growing up in CT and your crazy Mom. Love ya Marie Baby! Happy Mother's Day to all. Thanks for making me smile today. Love ya Annie. -- Sue. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Ann, What a perfect story about your mom. I always enjoyed hearing the funny stories about her. Hope you had a great day! Love, Laura

Peggy and Fritz said...

Thanks Girls! Miss you all and hope you all had a fabulous Mothers Day! Ginger bought me a card LOL!


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