Have you ever heard the story about the mom who was invited to a dinner at the white house to receive some award and in her nervousness began cutting the meat on a senators plate because she was on auto-pilot from doing it so often with her own kids? She was mortified, the senator was amused. Maybe this story is an urban legend, but now that I’m a mom, I could easily see myself doing something similar.
Today I was recalling some of the funny “mom moments” my friends and I have had during our motherhood journey and thought you would also be amused by them. Like the mom at the white house dinner cutting someone else’s steak these are the moments where we’ve realized “holy cow, spending time with my kiddos is really beginning to define so much of how I relate to the world- for good, for bad, for awkward!” I decided to keep these moms anonymous because I know some of them read my blog and don’t want to embarrass them 🙂
A few years ago I was cross-country skiing with another mom & her husband. It was this moms first time skiing and she was a bit miffed at how good her husband was. At one point we had to “duck-walk” up a hill & her hubby quickly passed her while she awkwardly kept sliding backwards down the hill. She frustratedly muttered “who do you think you are? just like Gordon thinking you’re all that chuffing up that hill!” I cracked up knowing exactly which Gordon she was talking about and that moms with young boys can describe life situations by referring to trains.
I was riding to a conference with two male colleagues and as we drove down the highway I came very close to exclaiming “look! A digger! OOH! A cement truck! wow, did you see that?!” when we passed a construction site. At one point I shared my inner monologue with them and they cracked up since they too have learned the art of entertaining their kids while driving in the car.
Recently, my sister told me about one of her friends who has two young boys that love the movie Cars. I can quote that movie backwards and forwards also having a little boy who is entranced by Lightning McQueen. Apparently this mom had watched Cars a few too many times that day because after she and her husband were intimate that night, she exclaimed “KA-CHOW!” Apparently, like McQueen her husband also “creates feelings in others that they themselves don’t understand.”
The other week when I was tutoring Latisha, a 9th grader I meet with weekly to help with school work I broke out in song to encourage her. Not just any song, a Yo! Gabba Gabba song. Without even thinking I busted out with “don’t stop! don’t give up! Keep trying, keep trying, never give up!” Then I realized the whole tutoring center was looking at me and after Latisha stopped staring at me she cracked up laughing at my impromptu American Idol moment. After singing this song to encourage Reuben, it was the first thing I had in my encouragement repertoire even though Latisha is much older than Reuben.
So moms (and any dads that may read this post) what are moments you’ve had where you’re like, “whoa, I’m a mom”? Things that crack you up, embarrass the heck out of you, make you a little sad that the chicness of your former life has been eclipsed by elmo sippy cups, excitement over firetrucks and anything that has to do with “princess?”