May 14, 2012

Me and My Ma

The first picture is just of my mom, not me. (In case you were confused.) It's one my favorite pictures of my mother when she was young, I think she looks like she stepped off the pages of a Children's Book.

I've read countless articles about what it's like to have grown up with a beautiful mother, how hard, etc. I never found it hard. I do recall wanting to look like her and knowing that I most definitely did NOT. (I look like my dad.) But it didn't bum me out, that's just the way it was. (I was a very practical kid.)

When I was little, I remember looking at her thinking I had my very own fairy princess for a mother. She had really long hair all the way down her back until she was 40. It got shorter and blonder after that. Most very early photos of she and I consist of me gazing at her with adoration. For a long time, I didn't really see her a person, she was just this beautiful creature.

Weird facts about me and my mom:

~ I am 42 years old and my mom still buys my shoes. I always thought it was cool that even though she is about 4 inches taller than I am, we have the same shoe size, so we can wear the same shoes. I hate shoes. She loves shoes. This works out well for me!

~ My mom and I have watched the film 'Independence Day' (yes that one.) together about 20 times. This is not an exaggeration, that number might actually be higher. (we love sci-fi, her more so than me.)

~ We talk on average, about 5 times a day. The other five times she calls, I'm usually ignoring the call. (She doesn't know how to work a computer so she won't see this, ha ha.)

~ When we are out and about, we either hold hands or link arms. This causes no end of embarrassment to my brother, who used to refuse to walk with us. (Hey, I offered to hold his hand as well, but he said that would give the wrong signal to "all the ladies".)

Did you all have a great Mother's Day?

21 comments:

  1. This is an awesome post. Happy day after Mother's Day!

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    1. You too Miss D! The weather was amazing yesterday (and today!), so I felt like I had won the weather lottery for once :)

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  2. What a wonderful post. Your mom is stunning, by the way, in both those photographs. She sounds so wonderful and you are so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with her. I love that I'm close to my mama, too, and pray that Miss C. and I (and all of my kids, of course) will stay close like that when she's older. :)

    P.S. You do look like her, by the way! Even though the photo of her as a kid is obviously taken in an earlier era than when you were born I still questioned whether or not that was you as a girl. I can see a strong resemblance!

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    1. Oh that's funny Michelle I really don't see it -- although I think me and my bro and my ma and Julia all kind of have similar smiles :) --

      We have our issues like anyone else but we still hang out all the time. I hope Julia likes to hang out with me when she's older!

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  3. I thought that first photo was you as well! Happy belated Mothers Day to one of the best moms I know!

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  4. I love all of those pictures! I have a great mama too. we're lucky! Also my mom doesn't know how to work the computer either! It must be generational. The part about your brother made me start laughing... so funny. and isn't shoe shopping the WORST. My sister's take care of most/all of my clothing shopping as a rule so I think the fact that your mom still buys your shoes is absolutely normal.


    ps Think Julia will deal as well with having a beautiful mother as you have?

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    1. Oh ho you are darling and too kind. Julia loves to point out to me whenever I have any kind of rash or blemish. She does this with great gusto. Also the other day I told her she was such a cutie-pie and she responded with "Well everybody knows THAT." That kid is super high on being Julia! :)

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    2. Yea for baby girls with high self images!!! I swear my little kitten knows she's the cutest most wonderful thing in the world AND she's always pointing out my blemishes! her most favorite thing is to point at the mole on my neck and say "mama, you have that."

      I did mean it though, you are a beautiful mama!

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    3. Again, too kind! Your kitten IS the cutest thing in the world! Those DIMPLES, they slay me.

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  5. Those pictures are beautiful, Melissa! You are very lucky to have your mom around (my mom died in 1986 and I miss her every day).

    Can I just say that I could never have guessed you are 42? Girl, I thought you and I were the same age! (I'm 33). :)
    xx

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    1. Miss P, I am SO sorry about you losing your Mama that young. I bet she would have loved to have seen the beauty and creativity that you bring in to the world.

      AH yes. I'm 42 but I act like a toddler so it's hard for folks to guess :) Also, I've stayed out of the sun for most of my adult life.-- It's cool now, but when I was a teen and looked like an 11 yr old while all my friends had boyfriends and looked AMAZING, well that was hard. Ah the teen yrs...

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    2. Thank you for you warm words, my dear. My mom was an excellent cook (even worked as a cook before getting married!) and I love it with people say that my food is as good as hers! It makes me proud.

      Oh, as a teen I used to have the same problem! I did not have breasts until 17-18, and I was very short and thin, and full of freckles. Can you imagine? ;)
      xx

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  6. What a lovely post to your mom! Exactly what I needed to read!

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  7. Just beautiful--both of you. The three of you, actually--that first picture looks like you and Julia somehow to me. Your mom's flowing silky hair in the second picture? How is that real? :)
    This is such a sweet post. I loved reading it. Thank you for sharing it with us today. I wish I lived next door to you so we could hang out every now and again.

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    1. V -- I have baby pix of J that look a bit like my ma when she was a baby. I think she likes to think she is 100% responsible for her DNA. Kinda just bypassing me and Andrew :). But someday I'll show the side by side baby pix of J and Andrew as newborns -- OH MY. They look like the same baby!

      Oh I know, her HAIR. It was unbelievable, like a mirror. And the most amazing mahogany brown.

      How I wish the very same thing! I'll have to settle for hanging out with you online, until we have our book blogger convention/party/soiree of silliness...:)

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  8. How wonderful that you are so close!

    My mom still buys my clothes, but she makes me come all the way to Canada to get them. (Meanie!!!)

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    1. But hey, you still get the clothes so that's something right? tee hee:)

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  9. Melissa, this is such a lovely post. You're right - your mom is very beautiful, but I think we all are. Does she live in Hawaii? Did you grow up there?

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    1. Thanks so much Helen! She lives about 15 minutes away from me (we're in the Pac NW area); she is no longer in Hawaii.

      I did grow up there! It was wonderful! I miss the weather very much!

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