Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Momma is a Sweetheart



Wow. What did I learn this week? Well, on Saturday, I helped the ICF with their yearly Bingo for the Nursing Home residents near us. ICF collects jewelry, and stuffed animals, and other prizes (decks of cards, baseball caps, t-shirts, all sorts of stuff) to treat them with for prizes. At the end, anyone who didn't win still gets to go to the prize table to pick something from what is left, so no one goes to their room without a gift. Some of the folks were really very nice, others, well, let's just say I don't think my grandma ever heard those words. She was such a sweet woman. Like my momma. My momma couldn't cuss at someone no matter what. Now I could, and have, but I save it for really big things. No, not like dissing my salsa dancing in the supermarket. Even bigger than that. I don't even remember the last time I cussed, so I can't tell you why I did it, but I do know that I am no angel who never uttered anything worse than "GOLLY!". My mother, however, would remind me that if I am thinking of the Lord's name while saying "GOLLY", I am still taking the Lord's name in vain. My point? I learned to appreciate my dear sweet mamma more. Sure, it can be annoying when she reminds me to wear a coat (IN WINTER! IN CHICAGO! LIKE DUH!), or tells me that it is time for me to go to bed, but at least she is annoying in a loving way, and not a hateful way. I really need to appreciate that.
I learned that I really do have it good....
Does learning to appreciate mom count as something I learned this week when we all know darn well that I am going to need to relearn it again in the future? Let's just say it does....

10 comments:

Michelle said...

My mom's a pretty cool lady too!!

And yes she reminds me to wear my coat too!!

IN SUMMER TIME!!!

Nah, just kidding!!!

Musings of a Housewife said...

Awww. That's awesome to hear. Sometimes Moms don't get the credit they deserve. It's nice to hear someone appreciatin' their Momma. :-)

sherri said...

Helen- you back up your words with deeds. You TAKE CARE of your momma in every way.
You're a fantastic daughter.

Wendy said...

Moms never stop being moms, do they?

So Helen, if you swear in Hungarian, does it still count?

katdish said...

I'm sorry - "Golly" is a cuss word? I'm in big f*$@ing trouble!

Beth said...

Yeah...my mom's mom tells her to wear a coat...my mom tells me to wear my coat...I'm sure I'll do the same for my daughter... :)

Time to send Katdish some soap.

Billy Coffey said...

I got the whole "golly" thing from my mother, too. When I found out that saying that was pretty much the same as saying the other, well...

Helen said...

Michelle, in the summer, it's sweaters. I then leave them in my car, until they accumulate. Then, when I need one, I have to go out to my car without one to get it.
MH, thanks for visiting.
Sherri, thanks. So are you.
Wendy, believe it or not, daddy wouldn't teach me the naughty words. Even when I was in college, I only heard him cuss maybe twice. It was about politics. Anyone who has read my Blagojevich rants won't be surprised about that. Apple, tree, and all...
katdish, only if I was thinking the Lord's name at the time. I get by with "Good Golly Miss Molly!" because I can claim to be thinking about the song by Little Richard. Same with "Heavens to Mergatroid!" and Snagglepuss. We don't question what they were thinking...
Beth, that coat thing is universal, huh? I wonder what mom's in the desert tell their kids...
Billy, yeah. You can probably get by easier with the Lord's name than Golly. You can add "Be praised" or "help me be more patient!" and claim to have been praying.

Gabrielle Eden said...

How bout when you just come out and day G_d D_amn!? How do you feel about that?!

Sorry, but I was just busting out with that one!

I have said that before.

Can you still love me?

I was losing control of my real self. I was beside myself. Something took over. It wasn't the real me.

Do you love me now?

Helen said...

Gabrielle, while around mom, I have always been careful because I don't like having my face slapped, and I don't make a habit of swearing, because I don't want to forget myself in front of mom and get my face slapped, I have let a colorful word fall out of my mouth a time or two. Interesting enough, the person was really hurt by it. He swore every other sentence, but felt that since I never did except for once at him, I meant it more. I still find it confounding that my angry word was more powerful than his....
Anyways, just because mom would slap my face, that doesn't mean I'm not friends with people who swear. They usually will watch themselves around me on their own accord. They watch themselves around mom, too, but I don't know if that is from their own accord, or if I told them about mom not tolerating cussing.