Are You Ready for a Rumble?
When Emily was a baby, my mom and I would have lunch and shop together once a week. It was so nice to just get out of the house and hang out.
One Christmas season in particular we were out shopping and we had decided to separate since we were buying each other’s gifts.
We divided up the mall into 2 halves so that we wouldn’t meet and spoil the surprise.
Apparently, we forgot which half was whose.
I pushed the stroller into B. Dalton Books and saw my mom who should not have been there.
“You horrible woman! What are you doing in this store?” I exclaimed loudly.
She said something nasty in return, but we were just being funny, or so we thought.
Two employees of the store came over to us and asked us to “Take it outside.” As they so nicely put it, at which point both of us burst out laughing! We were in tears laughing so hard and we couldn’t get it out how we were just being funny so we just hugged each other to show them all was good.
When we finally could speak, we had them in tears from laughing too.
He Was Right… Once
When mom and dad would fight I would listen. I always would think about who was right and who was wrong and 99.9% of the time I thought my mom was right.
One day they had had a fight and mom and I were on our way to play racquetball. We were in the car and she was ranting a bit. I listened to her, but then said, “Actually, I think dad is right this time.”
She looked at me in horror and said, “That is IT! I am turning the car around and we are going home!”
She didn’t turn the car around. We ended up playing. I think she even let me win.
She apologized to him when we got home.
But I will always remember that one time when dad was right.
The Perfect Mother – Daughter Relationship
All of my friends thought my mom and I had the perfect relationship and we really did. I really respected her and we did not have much trouble during my teen years.
Because of that, my friends really respected my parents as well and everyone loved them, but when we would fight… oh… man… it was loud!
We were in one such fight one night when my friend Brian called. I answered the phone and proceeded to tell him what was going on and how I was right and she was wrong when he asked me to put my mom on the phone.
Then mom told him her side of the story.
Then he asked to be kept on speakerphone because as he said, “This is priceless! You two really do fight!”
Brian has since passed away, but for the next 10 years he always reminded me of that famous mother-daughter “precious moment.”