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Saturday, September 25, 2004

theme 4 - mother and best friend

The wall flanking the staircase rattles under the force of impact. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Cracking open one eyelid I send a prayer that the heavens open and smite down all of those evil morning people. After waiting a moment to be sure that this wish will not be granted I drag myself out of bed. Downstairs mother is bustling about, her smile bright as the sun. Though on the one hand I feel like beaning her over the head with one of her ivy plants, I can’t help but be amused and comforted at her unchanging nature.
Mom is a teacher, and she’s crazy about making sure everyone around her continues their education until death prevents more. This value comes from living in a family of five girls. Her mother instilled them all with the desperate need not to be dependent on anyone for anything, particularly a man. I spent my childhood doing school work and then extra lessons at home from my parents. She also inspired the love of reading that keeps my glued to a book at least four hours a day.
Mom is the family caretaker. Not just for my own family, but the sprawling extended one. There is nothing my family likes more than to pick up other people to bring into the fold, and mom is our matriarch. She has spent considerable time grooming me to take over this position when I get old enough; or when she gets old enough. She’s a control freak in all things, and we love her for it.
Mother is perhaps best described as vivacious. She is anything but dull. Still head-turning after getting both kids to college age, she captures a room in an instant. Like a force of nature she swirls through life, dragging all along behind her willing or no. She’s difficult and moody, a bit hard of hearing and full of life. I always thought that people who said their mother was their best friend were a little soft in the attic. Now that I’ve gained the moderate insight of a twenty one year old, I see exactly what they mean.


Blogger johngoldfine said...

I have a set spiel I give my classes about topics; and I always say the bad news is so much more frontpage than the good news.

September 26, 2004 at 12:23 PM  

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