Memories of Moms and all

I was shy. It took me 3 years to say “hi” to my Mom (about 7 for Dad). Aunts were baffling, uncles terrifying; let’s not mention the milkman, the coalman, and the mailman; the clerks at the bakery, the librarian, teachers. I opened my mouth in 6th grade to respond to a teacher’s question (as if I’d had my hand up — not!!), and nothing came out. Only air.

Still, I got dragged to Mom’s friends’ and neighbors’ houses religiously, less frequently to Dad’s firemen’s musters. If not for a seat (the only one!) on the Eureka hand-tub in the parades, and money for the beach shops while they refreshed themselves with brew and bragging, I’d have certainly become Lot’s wife in that uncle-y scenario.

If my mom’s friends or neighbors had a kitten, a cat, a dog, or (once — thank You, Lord) a cow, I’d be invisibly consumed for the duration of the visit. They’d come and offer me food now and then, but we ALL understood I couldn’t come to the table if the critter was asleep on me!

Mom also had lots of friends (and relatives) over; sometimes they had kids, which was often great. One of them, when we became young worldly teens, decided it’d be fun to steal her mom’s car from out front and joyride to downtown while the ladies gabbed over coffee in the living room.

As these things go, I nodded and off we went. When in the midst of traffic the damned thing stalled dead, I hopped out. I was done with crime. “GET BACK IN THIS CAR.” Cathy was tough; I didn’t have much of a choice.

I think her mom drank Sanka. She probably should’ve opted for caffeine… We didn’t have a cake on hand for drop-bys, but I do recall baking this or that for school or Scouts and my kids were only allowed the dribs and drabs of it all. One day I made cupcakes for the heck of it; the baffled kids said, “Who are these for?”

Hence, one more reason this video clip resonated. Hugely! Perhaps it’s not just in America, but either way, enjoy!!







  1. lois says:

    He is a riot–and so true! We were Maxwell House people, though. And my parents used to joke about going to see one particular couple because they always entertained in their basement…or as they called it, their refinished basement. Oh my gosh, the basement…
    Happy Mother’s Day, Carol.

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    1. Wow, you knew the FANCY people!! Yep, Ma had Maxwell House (there may’ve only been that, Sanka, and diner coffee!), too!

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  2. OMGoodness!! I was laughing so hard!! This brought back memories of 50 plus years ago!!
    Thanks for the laugh!! HAPPY MOTHERS DAYπŸŽ‰

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    1. You’re welcome!! And thank you! And Happy Mothers Day!☺️🌷


  3. Mike U. says:

    Another shy one, eh? When I was a kid, when anyone came to visit the farm, I’d run and hide under the bed. Didn’t matter if it was a relative or a stranger. I’d be covered in dust bunnies, silently waiting for my chance to escape. I remember–well into my early grade school years–being so shy that I’d ask my mom if I could use the bathroom in our own house. She’d laugh and tell me I didn’t have to ask, but hey, manners were important back then, right? πŸ˜€ Oh well. Your memories in this post are delightful to read and resonate with me. Fun stuff. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day today. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked it! Yep, manners were EVERYTHING, lol!!

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  4. The video was funny but I enjoyed your post more. Especially the part about speaking in school. I also stole a car, but it was my grandfather’s and I didn’t get any further than the front yard of his neighbor across the street.

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    1. LOL! And thank you. Cathy (..and I..) didn’t get caught — did you?


  5. granny1947 says:

    I need to put that on my bucket list.
    Steal a car!

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    1. LOL! Ack, I’ve set such a bad example 🀦 !!


  6. Obong eno says:

    Memories back then

    Great post, thanks for sharing ❀️

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    1. Thank you for looking in!


      1. Obong eno says:

        You are most welcome ❀️

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  7. I loved the video! Funny but true. The times they certainly have changed and not always for the best. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh gosh, I do miss some of the old days’ ways, for sure.

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