May 10, 2007

Mommy Dearest

Time once again to take that thing out of your mouth because you don't know where it's been, come inside and get cleaned up, and get ready for our special Mother's Day Edition of the Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!

As you can tell, since Mother's Day is upon us, we've decided to dedicate this week's set of questions to dear ol' Mom. So sit up straight, at least run a brush through your hair, don't talk to me in that tone of voice, take off your cap at the table, and take a moment to answer the following questions about her by either leaving your answers in the comments below, or a link to your own blog.

1) What three things do you think are (or were) your mom's best characteristics?

2) And although we're trying to honor Mom, we still have to know--what is one thing she does (or used to do) that drives you absolutely insane?

3) If your mom is still in circulation, do you have any plans to do anything special for her this weekend?

There now--quit slouching and get to work on those answers!

As for my answers...

1) Fear, and surprise...and ruthless efficiency! Not really. (Much.) But I'd have to say her honesty, fairness, and hard work are hard to top.

2) She has a habit of reminding me to do things that I already am all set up to do, therefore not needing further encouragement. And then proceeds to remind me why it's a good idea and that I need to do it.

"You need to do [whatever it is]."

"I'm going to."

"Well, good, you should."

"I am!"

"Because you know you blah blah blah and if you don't, it could be blah blah blah..."


Silly mother.

3) Not this year--she's going to drive down to Destin with my sister this weekend, so I'm out of luck. Or in--when she's here, she wants to go eat at Golden Corral, which to me is like being a beef cow in a slaughterhouse feed lot. But she likes it for some reason. Maybe that's another one to add to #2.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 10, 2007 08:17 AM

I'm in.

Posted by: skinnydan at May 10, 2007 10:48 AM

1) My mother has some great character traits, but being loving and unselfish are probably her best two. (For her third attribute I'd say her love of growing flowers.) But re the first two traits: let me tell you a brief story about what she did for me as a child. I was not an easy kid to raise, because (as you could probably tell when you met me, Terry) I have a severe hearing loss. Consequently my speech development was very much delayed. My mother actually spent a SUMMER with me in Tuscaloosa to get speech therapy--while my father stayed home to keep the household running and his job going. That has always impressed me as an truly unselfish act for BOTH of them, and I will always honor them for that, even 40-something years later.

2) I don't really have an answer for no. 2. If one looks at no. 1, how could I?

3) I hope to take her out to eat!

Posted by: Stan at May 10, 2007 12:09 PM

I'm up!

Posted by: Sarah G. at May 10, 2007 02:13 PM

1) Tolerance, kindness, lack of pretension.

2) Never sit down.

3) Lunch at her house. We'll take it. She won't sit down, she'll be fussing around everyone.

Posted by: kitchen hand at May 10, 2007 07:11 PM