Mi Madre

When I was growing up, any pressing request needed to be directed discreetly to Dad. If there was a pressing request and it was mistakenly directed to the mom, or if the mom overheard you asking Dad, nine times out of ten, she replied, "We'll see."

And 10 times out of 10, "we'll see" means no.

In her defense, these requests normally had to do with sleepovers on school nights, purchasing a new pet, or buying some crappily-made yet over priced piece of jewelry/gadgetry.

My mom (whose blog you can read- see my bloggy friends) is a genius and can make you apologize a million times. As a pre-teen, I would say something flip like, "Whatever, mom, you don't EVEN know." Then.... nothing. No yelling, no punishment. She just wouldn't say ANYTHING.

Thats where she had you sweating. Thoughts start racing through your mind- "Oh, poop, what have I done?! What's she going to do? Augh!!" Panic, right? So, then you're like, "If I just play it cool and say something casual, we'll be fine." So then you crack a joke, "Oh, mom. You're such a fuddy-duddy. haha. Don't wig out or anything..." nervous laughter.


See, this is where she skillfully had you in the palm of your hand. She could bridle her tongue and not yell at you for being a smarty pants and reel you into the palm of her hand. At this point, she's still not speaking and you're starting to feel your face become flushed. "Mooooom, don't be mad, mom."

shoulders shrug.

Dangitt! She is SO mad. Oh, man, you're so busted. "Moooom, I'm sorry. I love you.. Don't be mad at me... Look how cute I am!"

Brief glance, "I'm not mad at you, Camille."

AUUUGH! Start bargaining! "Listen, mom. I'm going to go upstairs and study for my math test and go to bed early.. Is there anything I can do for you? I'll go put my dishes away in the dishwasher...and wipe down the counter! Okay? heh heh."

Mom: "That sounds fine."

(Down on my knees at her feet) "Mooooom please don't be mad at me!!!!! You're the best mom EVER!!!!!!! You are so pretty and smart and wonderful and fantastic!!! Don't be mad!! I"m going to go do all the housework! Mooooooom!!!"

See what she did there? She had me BEGGING for forgiveness. Me- a pre-teen know- it-all with a 'tude. She's gifted, that woman.

And now, a few white stuff pictures (and I'm not talking about oreos.)
Yeah, yeah. I know you people from the north are thinking, "Whats with all the stinking pictures of the snow? Who gives a rat's patooie." Well, me. and those southerners who relish the fluffy, white stuff because its new and glorious!


Anonymous said...

Relish the snow.... Untill You get in ac car wreck because the road was icy, and someone slides thru a light of something....

Lora said...

NOOOOOW, Camille. You, my dear, are the Queen of Drama & I, I am the Queen of Cool! You could NEVER stand silence. It worked so well!

Olson Family said...

wow your mom is goooood.....think she'd give me lessons? i'll pay by the hour....let me know...

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

LOL, I used to leave my dad notes on the kitchen table so when he got up in the morning he could reply to my question with a yes or no and it was ALWAYS "yes", then I would get up before my mom and scramble to see my reply and dispose of the note before she knew anything was up. Mom's always put the ka-bash to everything!!!!! Dad's rarely ever say no.....especially to pretty little darling daughters (evil laugh).
I miss my snow. I loved Fairview...we always got mucho lake effect. Sniffle.....go have a pepperoni ball on me. Have you had pepperoni balls yet???? If not, GO NOW!!!! They even make a taco ball with taco stuff inside the broken open pepperoni ball. Just don't get your cholesterol checked for a month. Sorry....wait too long of a post.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

I meant waaaay too long of a post. I have a typo problem, not because I can't type but because my brain is working faster than my fingers. Kind of like a stuttering with my phalanges. I hope I speeled that right.

AshleyB. said...

Awww I love your MOM...she is SO great!
The pictures are incredible! I can't even imagine actually living in that...so fun!
I love you cam!

Anonymous said...

Ok so this made me absolutely laugh OUT LOUD!!! I remember these moments quite well :)

freakface said...

"...because it's new and glorious". Call me at the end of January/beginning of February, when it's below zero, snowing every day, and you haven't seen the sun since.........Labor Day?


Cece said...

See P.S. under your Mom's comment page of her last post.

P.P.S. You're so popular!

P.P.P.S. I'm jealous of the snow...only I never had to shovel it, so maybe I'm not that jealous.

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I see that peperoni balls were mentioned.... You folks should give Maria's Pizza a try.