Mother's Day

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    May 12, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    Since tomorrow is Mother's Day and my favorite threads here are the ones that let everybody talk about themselves and shed some light on how you became the person you are today, tell us about your mother. I realize this isn't going to be all sunshine and roses but please share anyway. (And JP, retell the story of how your grandmother died because it made me laugh really hard).

    My mom is the mother of six kids, five of them boys and her magic is that each of us thinks we're her favorite. She not only raised six children but was a full-time high school English teacher. (Take that Mrs. Romney).The greatest gifts I got from her are a sense of compassion and the ability to write pretty well. Unfortunately I also got her height deficit. We share an appreciation for the absurd. I'm blessed in that she's one of those mothers who not only stayed a mom but became a lifelong friend.
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    May 12, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    My mom is 5 2", so I am lucky to be as tall as I am. Love her a lot even though she gets on my nerves sometimes. I still haven't got her a gift :S
  • Webster666

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    May 12, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    My mother (like her father) was an amazingly accomplished gardener.
    She was a fabulous cook.
    She was very intelligent, but never used it to better her position in life.

    She made bad choices, every step of the way.
    She spent most of her life being bitter and angry and paranoid.
    She had no friends.
    She had little or no contact with her family.

    Last November, she died.

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    May 13, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidSince tomorrow is Mother's Day and my favorite threads here are the ones that let everybody talk about themselves and shed some light on how you became the person you are today, tell us about your mother. I realize this isn't going to be all sunshine and roses but please share anyway. (And JP, retell the story of how your grandmother died because it made me laugh really hard).

    My mom is the mother of six kids, five of them boys and her magic is that each of us thinks we're her favorite. She not only raised six children but was a full-time high school English teacher. (Take that Mrs. Romney).The greatest gifts I got from her are a sense of compassion and the ability to write pretty well. Unfortunately I also got her height deficit. We share an appreciation for the absurd. I'm blessed in that she's one of those mothers who not only stayed a mom but became a lifelong friend.




    Height deficit at 5' 10"?
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    May 13, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    beaujangle said
    Coach_Mike saidSince tomorrow is Mother's Day and my favorite threads here are the ones that let everybody talk about themselves and shed some light on how you became the person you are today, tell us about your mother. I realize this isn't going to be all sunshine and roses but please share anyway. (And JP, retell the story of how your grandmother died because it made me laugh really hard).

    My mom is the mother of six kids, five of them boys and her magic is that each of us thinks we're her favorite. She not only raised six children but was a full-time high school English teacher. (Take that Mrs. Romney).The greatest gifts I got from her are a sense of compassion and the ability to write pretty well. Unfortunately I also got her height deficit. We share an appreciation for the absurd. I'm blessed in that she's one of those mothers who not only stayed a mom but became a lifelong friend.




    Height deficit at 5' 10"?

    Considering that my brothers are all 4 or so inches taller than me, yeah. I'm the runt.
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    May 13, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    I came from a large family too.

    (Don't have anything else to contribute.)
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    May 13, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    Coach_Mike said(And JP, retell the story of how your grandmother died because it made me laugh really hard).

    A simple yet tragic story: she accidentally bit herself and the venom killed her.
    LOL DAMN! icon_biggrin.gificon_eek.gif
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    May 13, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    Coach_Mike said(And JP, retell the story of how your grandmother died because it made me laugh really hard).

    A simple yet tragic story: she accidentally bit herself and the venom killed her.

    No, the one about the house landing on her!
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    May 13, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidOh, all right, the real story,
    A mob of torch-bearing villagers surrounded the house, all waving pitchforks. They dragged her away from us. My neighbor said to my mom, "Aren't you going to do something??"

    My mom said, "I think I'll go start dinner."


    lol...
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 13, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    My mother has Alzeihmers and still lives alone It's early and she still has it mostly together. She has this cute sunroom off the back of her house, but it has started to leak. There's a mold issue with the carpet. Today I took her a gigantic box of chocolates and while I was there she got a phone call from my favourite aunt. They chatted while I squirted Chlorox all over the mouldy carpet. I have to do my hospital job for Mother's Day. That's the best I can do for my adopted Mom. I love her.
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    May 13, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    We had a rollercoaster relationship but considering things now, I guess the craziness kind of gets pushed to the side and forgotten about. When I was younger though, I used to love her so much and do lots of stuff with her but when I was 15 things just started to change and things weren't the same really, plus I lived with my dad so I didn't really see her much but she was still always nice for the most part but certain scenarios caused us to argue a lot and basically divide the family even more than it already was.

    But as per usual with my family, things kind of fix on their own without much talking so yeah, when I was... can't remember but a couple years back she took me to NYC for the first time in my life and took me to see Wicked because I begged that I had to see a Broadway show.

    So to summarize for those who tl;dr this post, she's been overall good but with the fighting between my parents we just got divided and there was bad blood throughout but still overall pretty good.

    PS: @CoachMike, you're lucky you're 5'10... being 5'9 sucks and I'm taller than everyone in my immediate family so yeah... I know that one inch isn't a big difference but still I want that one inch dammit!
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    May 13, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    dontknowwhy saidMy mom is 5 2", so I am lucky to be as tall as I am. Love her a lot even though she gets on my nerves sometimes. I still haven't got her a gift :S


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    May 13, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    Its a complicated relationship. Im not out to my parents, so there are so many things I dont feel comfortable talking about with them. My mom and i havent really spoken much in the last year, when i lived with her we didn't get along

    Its one of those relationships that is better if there is some distance icon_sad.gif

    this is the first Mothers day in many years that ive even acknowlegded, let alone picked out gifts for her

    Things are getting better, and once I come out to her I hope to have drastically better communication
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    May 13, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    I wish I could say the relationship with my mom was uncomplicated. She passed in 2001, and we are both at peace.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 13, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    My mom was quite the feisty one. She told me a story when she was very young, she took a pear from a tree and flung it at a cop passing by on the street. Nailed the cop right in the head and did that just for the heck of it.

    (I don't think I have followed in those footsteps...do you...???)

    Growing up in Fairmount, Indiana my mom went to high school with James Dean, the long-deceased actor and heart-throb of the day.

    In her later years, my mom and I did not get along. She was very critical of me and the causes I supported. She was also a Nixon Republican, so I think that's the reason we did not like each other much!

    In 1997, my mom died from complications from COPD. I have to borrow a quote from my friend, n8698u, here....because our relationship as a mother to her son, we are now both at peace....
  • araphael

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    May 13, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    In my culture there is no possible way of describing the queen mother of the family. She stands alone.
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    May 13, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    I've a Tiger mom.. much like to be from an Asian/Latino family.. they are very difficult people but can be relied on no matter what
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    May 13, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    araphael saidIn my culture there is no possible way of describing the queen mother of the family. She stands alone.


    Agreed!

    Especially the grandmama icon_smile.gif
  • TheBizMan

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    May 13, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    My mom is quite simply an angel in disguise.
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    May 13, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    My mom has had 8 children (ages 9 to 32). She's been a great mom and very supportive. She still has the patience to sit with my youngest sister every night and help with her homework (my sister struggles a lot).

    I'm not out to her but I know she will probably be the first person in my family I tell (unless I decide to do the mom+dad together). I know she'll be supportive.
  • Karl

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    May 13, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    My mom is the best thing I ever had icon_smile.gif
    She is responsible and takes care of my whole family.
    She raised me up ,help me study from primary school to the university while my Dad does nothing.
    Hmm I dont know but sometimes I say something which hurts her. I really dont want to and Im really sorry about that.
    "I love you Mom " is so hard to speak out because Im the kind of guy who dont want to express what Im thinking but from the bottom of my heart , I love her so much.
    She's 46 now and still working as a chef at our local restaurant.
    Im gonna tell her I love you and give her my special gift tonight icon_smile.gif
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    ok , thanks to the thread owner for creating this and to whoever read my reply with a bunch of grammar errors. icon_smile.gif
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    May 13, 2012 6:58 AM GMT
    My mum passed away from cancer way to soon , she wasn't even 40 years old . She really was a great mother , and she taught me so much about life . It will be 40 years in October that the cancer took her away from us , and i still miss her very much ..
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    May 13, 2012 7:00 AM GMT
    Well, my mom is epic and is without a doubt the coolest mom out of any mom out there. She had me young, and even though a lot of people had doubted her and questioned whether she would just become another "young mom" statistic or not, she proved them all wrong. Was first in the family to graduate from University. Was in a field of work which dealt with helping change peoples lives for the better, and was a big reason why that particular organization is at the level it is at now. She always has and still does put me first before anything else in her life. She taught me how to be a leader and never a follower. I learned to have strong will power through her example. She also was, and still is, the most supportive person in my life. Everything I have done including every sporting event, she has been there for me, cheering me on.
    I would never have experienced so many great things or been able to achieve as much as I have without her and my grandmother. And for that, I thank both of them. I just hope one day I can repay even half of what she has done for me icon_smile.gif
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    May 13, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    My Mother chose to have me at age 17 when she knew her Mother would kill her if she found out. Turned out her Mother loved me just as my own Mother does. My Mom has been a really strong women through my fuck ups and hers, but she always comes out teaching me the importance of staying alive and finding out what tomorrow brings. In this case tomorrow has just become today eight minutes ago on the west coast, and I was a day late with sending her a card. It's a nice one though and I can't wait to talk with her today.
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    May 13, 2012 8:51 AM GMT
    My mum essentially raised me and my two sisters by herself. My father was a pilot so he was away for long periods of time (when I was little, it wasn't uncommon for him to be away for more than 2 weeks at a time). So she had to contend with doing everything herself, and then step aside when dad got home, only to have to step back in when he went away again.

    I feel.....sad....for my mum. She once said that when she was younger she wanted to be a court stenographer. But being the female, she only went as far as year 10 in high school and then, as women did, went to secretary school (and she's Scottish...my grandfather was big on everyone having a trade or skill to fall back on, like he and his 9 siblings had instilled in them). She got married, had kids, and that was her life. I get the sense she's lonely.

    She doesn't seem to have close friends, as everyone she's known has somehow been connected to whatever the family was doing at the time, and as we have changed directions, so have the people in our lives. Sometimes I want to ask her if she feels like she's missed out on life but I don't want to convey that having and raising us kids wasn't a 'life'. I guess I just hope that she feels like she's led a good life, not a wasted one. Maybe I need to convey to her more often how much I love her and how much she's been a great person in my life.