Posted by: loripalooza | May 13, 2009

Mother’s Day Guilt

MarleneLoriBlanketSI called my mom on Mother’s Day. No card sent, no flowers delivered, no dragging her out to brunch to politely elbow her way through the buffet line with all the other white-haired moms all the while looking sweetly oblivious. To my credit I spent a large angst-filled portion of last week vacillating between staying at home and going up to visit, but ultimately a yard project that was contingent upon nice weather won. How awful is it that I’d rather spend a day busting up sod, breathing in dirt, sweat dripping off my eyebrows, my forearms swelling up like Popeye’s, than visit my own mother?  The mother who wore a home-made lilac corsage to Mother’s Tea my senior year of high school, because I didn’t know I was supposed to get her one until too late, and I was feeling confident and crafty (conveniently forgetting about that D in art I got in junior high, scarring me to this day, about which Joe would like to go back in time and throttle my teacher for the life-long stifling of my creativity).  It looked okay as we left the house, then once under the fluorescent lights at  school it started to transform into a sad, drooping purplish-brown clump of decay on her massively huggable bosom.  I officially renamed the holiday this year Bad Daughter’s Day. 

Of course my mom was totally cool about just getting a phone call.  And actually it sounded like she was in a hurry to get rid of me as she and my dad were preparing to leave for the local casino… where she no doubt flashed her dimples and used that white hair further to her advantage.  She’s a wily Scot underneath it all, believe you me.  I wonder if that’s where I got it from?

Oh, and by the way, I’m making up for Bad Daughter Day by taking my mom out to dinner next weekend. To a casino!  Which is truly only for her pleasure, as it’s a place where I really have no desire to be.  Post to follow…



  1. LOVE THE PHOTO!!! Your mom is so sweet. Give her a kiss and a hug for me next weekend. She is definitely the most huggable mom I know.

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