Friday, May 04, 2007

Real moms......

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Shelly tagged Jelly, who in turn tagged me
with the task of finishing the above sentence.

A photo is required to go with the sentence.

Please take a couple of minutes and have a look at what those two witty young moms/mums have written (click their names). I guarantee you’ll have a chuckle.

Here’s what I came up with:

Real moms are drill sergeants who read bedtime stories!

This photo was taken on Halloween in 1978

Andrew is the clown and Kylie is the fairy. I am dressed in my hubby's Marine Corps uniform. When I told him what I planned to write he suggested this photo :) Posted by Picasa
Thinking of the daily struggles moms face as they set limits and endeavor to steer their kids in the right direction brought to mind a funny little incident from my child-rearing years (funny in retrospect, that is.....athough I must admit my hubby and I had a good laugh about it at the time).
It happened during Andrew's less-than-angelic middle school years, when more often than I care to admit, I thought of him as a child only a mother could love...and sometimes this mother's feelings were not altogether loving.
Andrew, if you're reading this, I say those words with great affection :)

His class was studying Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry and this is approximately what he wrote:

My mother nags me
constantly, out of habit
She can't help herself

(I couldn't find the original paper, although I know I stored it in a safe place, not too long ago, for future reference!)

Now imagine how I felt knowing Andrew had handed this in to his teacher for marking?

But young mothers take heart! Early in his sophomore year (year 10), he actually became a pretty nice teenager :)

*Please note that we are "moms" here in the USA, while in Australia where I was born, we are "mums". Jelly thought I might be a bit confused, but I answer to both :) Just don't call me "The Old Nag" (please)!

Now it's my turn to tag 3 other moms.

I'm tagging Sandy, Horizon and Tuffenuf.
I hope they'll take up the challenge because I'm sure they'll come up with something creative!
Take your time ladies. I know all 3 of you are busy. If you don't have time or just don't want to do it, that's fine. No pressure whatsoever.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Val said...[Reply]

Very clever answer and great photo. Glad you didn't tag me I wouldn't have been able to compete.

The Mom vs Mum debate: the opposite of Kerri, I was born in the U.S. but moved to Australia 33 years ago. When my sons came along, I insisted on being called Mom, because I just didn't like the association of the word Mum with a brand of deodorant! Their teachers would occasionally "correct" my sons' references to their Mom, but I would always send back an explanation, which was accepted.

Susie said...[Reply]

I'm laughing at Val and the use of Mum. She's right, it is (or was a deodorant in the US)
What an adorable photo of the 3 of you. I could trade some pretty good stories about teenaged boys with you sometime. I'm glad those days are behind me!!

lori said...[Reply]

I enjoyed your post! Cute picture.

susan said...[Reply]

Great photo! You do have to be a drill sargeant sometimes. Love the poem! Thanks for sharing a piece of your family history, very entertaining.

Alice said...[Reply]

She sure is a fearsome looking mommy/mummy.

I've often wondered if the two words are pronounced differently, eg. mum = sum; mom = tom? Perhaps I won't have to wonder any longer.

Linda said...[Reply]

You did a great job with that one Kerri. I love the picture - it's perfect.
I'm so glad those years are behind me. I agree - boys seem to go through those early teens with a little "difficulty", but they get quite human in just a few years. Just between you and me, I found the boys lots easier than my sweet girl. Much less "drama".
Have a great weekend!!

Moi said...[Reply]

hehe......perfect post for the coming Mother's day :)

jellyhead said...[Reply]

Kerri, this is brilliant!! I love the completed sentence, and the photo is hilarious.

It IS true - we have to be the disciplinarians as well as the entertainment committee. Being a mother is certainly a job requiring multi-tasking!!

Thanks for doing the meme :)

Annie in Austin said...[Reply]

Your son's haiku is wonderful - you should have framed it! "Real moms are drill sergeants who read bedtime stories!" was perfect, but the photo quite startled me! [and not just because you look too much like Sean Penn when he was young.]

Kerri, once again we have one of those parallel universe situations: my 1982 Halloween costume was my father-in-law's Marine uniform, and I also wore a moustache. Instead of a fairy, however, we had an elf.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

InlandEmpireGirl said...[Reply]

Maybe that is the costume I should wear the last week of school when my students wish vacation had already started. Great post.

Anita said...[Reply]

Very funny story, Kerri.

How lucky you are to have such pretty photos from your children's childhood days, full of memories.


Sonia said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri! I enjoyed your post! Great photo, too! Here in Brazil the Mother Day will be on the next Sunday.

I want to thank you so much for many comments and compliments on my blog! So sweet of you!

Sandy said...[Reply]

Very good Kerri and now I'll have to think long and hard on this one.
What a coinsidence...Jimmy was a drill Sargeant too, but you look cuter in the uniform.

Rebecca said...[Reply]

Yep...that is indeed what a Real Mum is!!!

Rebecca said...[Reply]

Dank je wel for visiting my blog...and what can we discuss..many things I am sure, you just have to let me know!!