Small Talk


August 30th, 2010

You know that tone of voice your mom uses when you're in trouble? We were driving somewhere together when my mom said, "So, a lady walked up to me at the bank today and just started talking to me like she knows me. I finally said, 'Sorry, where do I know you from? The senior center? High school classmate? Tai chi class?'"

"So who was she, Mom?" I asked.

"Well," my mom continued in her slow, deliberate voice, "she said she recognized my picture from the newspaper. I told her I haven't taken a photo for the paper."

I could now see where this was going.

"She said she reads about me in your column-thing, what computer blog or whatever you call it. What are you writing about me?" she asked with eyebrows slightly raised.

Duck and deflect. I laughed. "But, I tell you about the blogs that you're in. You've seen some, remember? When you're at my house I show you. Or Dad shows you from his computer, right?"

Now her gaze turned towards the back seat where my dad was. "No," she continued. "As a matter of fact, he doesn't."

Dad was snoozing, or trying to. Now forced to defend himself. "Well, every time I plan to, you're sleeping or something."

"Hmmph," she sniffed.

When we parked the car, I pulled up my latest blog on my smart phone and gave it to her.

And might I add right here, right now, that I have the best, loveliest, smartest, funniest, kindest, most helpful mother, who happens to be a darned good baker and a wonderful grandmother? Make sure you mention that if you happen to approach her. I no need get in trouble again.


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10 Responses to “Mom”

  1. hawaiiobsessed:

    Ha ha!! Funny! I am sure your mom is great!

  2. kanakakuuna:

    i know that tone of voice...i'm glad i'm hearing it less nowadays. but i still enjoy hearing it. sometimes i need 2 hear that tone from my mother and give my wife a break.

  3. islandcrafters:

    Haha!!! Good job Diane! Quick thinking...

  4. RedZone:

    I hate when they go "Hmmph". Time to back off. Get away. Far away. Give her time to cool off. Come back later then everything is good.

  5. M:

    Hello Diane!

    God bless your mom!

  6. Rodney Lee:

    Nice recovery, Di. ;^)

  7. Ken Conklin:

    I can hardly wait for Olivia to become a little older, like somewhere between 12-18. That's when she and her friends and her boyfriends and their friends ... will comb through the archives of the Advertiser and Star-Advertiser to find all those fascinating articles written about her. Like the one about potty training. It won't happen just once, it will happen over and over whenever she makes new friends or goes from intermediate school to high school or joins a new club. Great fun!

  8. Maxcat:

    I'm starting to see that Northeast Ohio and Hawai'i (despite huge physical differences) are in many ways alike.

  9. Kage:

    Good one Diane.

    Enjoy your great relationship with your mother. It is special.

  10. snow:

    LOL... your wonderful mother is surely happy about all the good things you write about her, right? if it helps any, i have a bad memory and i don't remember what your mom looks like! 😉

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