Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Hump Day

Well It's hump day again and this week Ms. Townes has a cold. Not good for business so you can guess I didn't work this morning. I did talk to Nurse Mom today, her only compliant is her hair is too long. You have to hear her: "Oh I hate my hair. It is soo long I can't curl it anymore. It gets in everything and I just can't stand it."

Really Mom? Ma do me a favor and come at me with a real complaint. Really I'm all smiles for her. 

What is so great about my mom is that she's like the best girlfriend I could ever have. Of course when she goes all mommy on me it's a whole different ball of wax, but for the most part she is great. I kind of pity anyone who doesn't have a friendly relationship with their mothers. I wonder why that is, let's ask Google.

The first article Google offers is from Reader's Digest's Stealth Health. (Click here for the whole article.) The title was 14 Ways to Have Healthy Relationships with Your Parents. Of course I'm looking particularly for relationships with your mom but hey it piqued my interest. I like number three: 3. Keep your sense of humor. When you’re dealing 
with your parents, laughter can be a lifesaver — both to help 
you handle the stress of dealing with sometimes crotchety 
individuals and to help you bond together. Tell a few jokes 
you know they’ll enjoy, share some comics from the paper or 
e-mail with them, watch the Letterman show together. If you 
can laugh together, you’re doing okay.

So I immediately want to call every parental unit I have,  just 
to tell this a really cheesy joke. I called my Dad, no answer, 
Step Mom, no answer, Uncle, no answer. Darn it was a really
good joke. I can't call Mom again because I already gave her 
an hour of my time. I should have done it then. Further down in the article it says something along the lines of not spending 
every waking minute talking to them. Clearly as much as I 
want to test this joke on someone, I know calling here would 
probably be... needy, stalker, I don't know- freakishly 

I'm drinking some lemonade right now that is so good I have to tell you about it. 
Hurbert's Mango Lemonade. Like 
pouring glory down your gullet. 
And no I didn't get paid to say that. I 
wish, but really I was thirsty and this was 
in the fridge.

Anyway since Oprah pretty much rules 
the world I had to find out what she has to say about having a 
good relationship with your mother. OMoms -(eghads Oprah 
has everything) click here- has this article on the super 
longish side discussing boundaries, blah blah blah. I didn't 
read the whole thing just because its done as an interview 
between three people and my attention span is like that of a 
gold fish today.

The Article does hit on the pros and cons of technology in a 
mother daughter relationship. It also talks about how the 
relationship can change according to economy. Both of which 
I've had personal experiences. I have moved back in with my 
mother twice I think. And recently she did help out with 

getting me and RFKAO settled into the  new place.  Thank 
God I can pay her back. I refuse to let money change or 
relationship. By her riding rescue on my latest mishap only 
reinforces the role of parent for her when I'm more than 
grown. By my re-paying her I bring back the balance. Now 
getting her to accept the money will be a chore but totally 
worth it.

Technology, I've mentioned earlier is a little harder to 
finagle.  I love Facebook. I love the concept of the Social Network. Mom on the other hand is a little old school. Social 
Networking allows you 24 hour access to everyone all the 
time. She doesn't believe in that. I know where she is coming 
from, there really is no need to know that 
PowderPuffPinkDangerRanger45 can't sleep. But as 
remarked in OMoms: It can be a very good experience. It's another opportunity to mentor and coach your daughter. But again, it only works if you welcome them back as adults and not as children. So you're not telling them what to do, but [rather] you're providing them with opportunities to do more for themselves and manage their lives. 
Maintain healthy boundaries, and [make sure] that your daughter feels that, incrementally, she's able to become more and more self-sufficient.

Back to them boundaries again. I guess from these two articles I get two things. Mom and I are still growing and changing with the times. As long as we continue to change and never sty stagnant the relationship will thrive. 

Also I need to see her not as an equal because we never were, but something close to it. And so must she. The line is there and as long as we don't cross it we'll be fine.

Of course now that I have the authority from Reader's Digest and (spasm help me) Oprah, I wonder if my relationship with Nurse Mom is a healthy one.  Of course I see all kinds of flaws with it. Holy shite and muffins it's not perfect. I'm thinking trips back to Boston to have family  therapy sessions.

Grab the Atarax I feel an anxiety attack coming on. Does Nurse Mom think our relationship is flawed? Should I call her and tell her Oprah thinks the relationship needs improvement? But if I call her then Reader's Digest will get me for seeking approval from her. What do I do?

I finish this entry and get RFKAO to walk my dog with me, so we can smoke and pick up Chewy's poop at the same time.

Oh btw here's the joke:

Me: I know how to put an elephant in a Safeway bag?
You: How do you do that?
Me: Well, you take the F out of Safe, and the F out of Way.
You: There's no F in Way...
Me: (>_<)

Courtesy of Mr. Sulu aka George Takei.

Added Later. The LA Times just happened to post this article. Click here... I can call her!!!


  1. There is no F in way!!!!! Love it!

  2. I guess you and your mother are in a good relationship.
    Just call her, a daughter cannot be her mother's stalker, I feel.


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