Friday, August 31, 2007

Don't Forget The Matches

While on a phone call with my mom yesterday:

Me: The kids are great, but still, you know, horrible, too. I think it's the second week of school syndrome. They've all been acting out a lot lately.

Mom: Well, they do it with their mother because that's where they feel comfortable, Jenny. You once told me that you were so angry at me because you could be. That I was like a big comfortable chair you could just collapse into and not be polite with.

Me: Huh. I don't think my kids would use the same analogy. I think to them I'm like that familiar voodoo doll you can stab, coat in lighter fluid and burn who still loves you anyway.

79 comments:

Kimmykay said...

Hello. Yes, I try to remember that they do feel comfortable and that is why they feel safe acting up. But I want those kids that the teachers, music instructors, pastors, other moms and dads describe as "So polite and sweet, you must be so proud". I swell with pride and then get the first prick of the needle when we get in the car and their voice changes and my hair starts falling out again. sigh.

my minivan is faster than yours said...

I'm 38. I wonder when I'll stop acting that way toward my poor mother!?!?

painted maypole said...

ouch. hopefully they'll stop with the pins and the matches and just move to not being polite! ;) It is true, though, that kids behave that way with parents when they are sure of their unconditional love, so you're doing something right!

Kristi B. said...

I still do the same thing and I'm 40. Only I do it with my Dad. I can hold onto all the stress, keep up the smiling, and the second he calls and says, "So honey, how are you?" I just melt down and start crying. It's just the way it is!
Don't worry anyway, you've got a fire extinguisher, right?

Robin said...

Yes, yes yes yes.

Emily said...

That's really funny.

Nancy said...

As funny as you tell it, for sure it is true.

I always tell my daughter, I'm your whipping post when you need to vent because you know I love you no matter how much you spew at me.

If anything, that guilts her into shutting up!

Jennifer said...

Hilarious! (um, if only it weren't quite so true, it would be even funnier...)

Anonymous said...

Your great-grandmother was fond of saying, "Switch minds, not bottoms." I'm all about the switch minds, but the medical community still hasn't developed the technology. Maybe the next generation will be so lucky.

Love,
the chair

theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

G-d I remember acting like this to my mom. I've gotten over it, however I do think she is totally clueless. *eyes rolling*

Queen Karana said...

Oh yes, I always love them anyway... always. Funny how that works.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to return the favor. I've enjoyed reading your posts, and I'm certain I'll be back!

Oh, The Joys said...

I feel your pins and raise you needles. Man ALIVE!

Audubon Ron said...

You guys need to work the system. My mom had it down. She'd get Uncle Mike to spank us. That way, she kept her hands clean, see what I'm say'in!

How's the philanthropic pursuits coming along?

secret agent said...

ha!
how very comforting this must be to know this!

theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

Tag. You're it!

mrsmogul said...

I get bitchy with my parents and I'm 30 something (cough cough)

crazymumma said...

Your mother has great wisdom, and you, much like me, are irreverant.
(saying that in the nicest of ways of course!)

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