Gotta Love Mom

Mom has always been a little harsh on us, or at least on me.  It was rare to hear any praises out of her mouth, but when she did praise me it sure meant a lot.

When I told mom and dad about my plans to qualify for Boston I got opposing viewpoints:

Dad, the perpetual optimist and cheerleader: You can do it, I believe in you.

Mom, without her ‘filter’ as usual: I think it’s going to be hard.  You’re only getting older.

Of course I’ve learned to take her words with a grain of salt, not without first feeling some of the air let out of the tires.

When I qualified I called to tell them the good news:

Dad: Congratulations!

Mom: That’s awesome!

She said it like she never once doubted I was too old.

Then I made the mistake of telling them about my chafing injury:

Dad: How did that happen?

Mom, without hesitation: That’s because you’re fat.

Me, protesting: I am NOT FAT!

That’s mom.

Prior to leaving for Taiwan earlier this year, mom had said traveling was too tiring, and that she wasn’t coming back for another 5 years.  V managed to seduce her to come back next year by dangling a Switzerland trip in front of her face.

In retaliation to the ‘fat’ comment:

Me: You’re going to have to fly to Boston in 2015 for the race.

Mom, defiant: Wait, that means I’m traveling every year.

Me: This is special.

Mom, resigned: Fine.

Gotta love mom.

Admittedly, I don’t think I’d turn out as well had mom and dad both been the coddling type.  It’s good to have a balance in the house. If I need a bit of reassurance, I’d go to dad; but if I’m ever due for a reality check, mom would dole it out in a dollop.

Incidentally, J gets a kick out of mom’s lack of filter, saying she tells it like it is.

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4 Responses to Gotta Love Mom

  1. myblankeynme says:

    our mom is like that too! hey when is the marathon in 2015? I want to come back for it… well to cheer you on. Though I didn’t want to return to the states again after 2014.

    • LY says:

      I would love to see you in the crowd! But what’s your mom going to say when she finds out that you flew back to cheer me on at a race? Not only would you be in trouble, I think I’d be named as a defendant as well.
      The race is April 20th, but I won’t know for sure if I’ll be able to get in until after Sept of this year.

  2. myblankeynme says:

    ehhh… she’ll get over it. you are the queen… or duchess that is married to the king of the household. = 1

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