I think my Mom is really Jewish and didn't tell me. Oh sure, she tells the stories of my great-grandparents coming on the boat from Sweden and Norway and how they learned English in school and taught their parents at night to help them communicate and find jobs. But I think my Mom was actually adopted from a Jewish family. No, this isn't a religious post or bashing. I am basing this on what has been portrayed on TV and in movies about the quintessential Jewish Mother. I can only base it on the media as I don't know one single Jewish person-isn't that odd? I grew up in a rather large city, but nope, never met a single one. I know I don't write humor like say Vodka Mom and Happy Hour Sue, but sometimes funny things (or my totally screwed up family) happens. One of my favorite shows was 'Mad about You". Even though the Dude and I have NOTHING in common with Jamie and Paul, there were many similarities to how we handled situations and how we would react to things. Paul was Jewish-and had a Jewish mother. Sylvia. Now, you know she loved her kids, but she passed out guilt like a Pez dispenser, and could knock you down with a brilliant flick of her tongue. One of my favorite episodes was when Paul's dad was in the hospital and all the kids came to see him (Paul had two sisters) and the three of them were standing next to each other by the other hospital bed and showing concern, and Mom walks in and starts on them. One by one they fall back onto the hospital bed like she is shooting out balloons in a carnival game. After she takes a shot at each of them and they fall to the bed, they look at each other and say "she didn't even have to stop to reload".
This is a few snippets of conversation with my Mother on Monday.
Oh, hi. I haven't heard from you in forever. Thought you must have fallen off the planet
Nope, just busy at work and getting some house stuff done before graduation
Oh. I guess that is coming up. What things are you fixing
Just some painting and cleaning and finishing the laundry room
Why the laundry room? No one will see the laundry room, you should work on something people will see.
Well, the laundry room is for me since we have stuff in the den that needs to go back in the laundry room that can't until we finish walls, paint and do the cabinets
Have you talked to you siblings?
No, I emailed Sue about selling the house and how that was going
What did she say? Is it done? When is she moving? I don't think this is a good idea. What if she sells her house, moves in with that man and it doesn't work out? Then what? She'll be out on the street with her cat and her piano.
Well, since they have both been through a divorce and don't want the whole marriage thing, it is their choice. And she can't take the piano since he doesn't have room.
What?! She can't take the piano? Well, I hope he is worth giving up her dream piano
She then proceeds to complain about the people in her complex for the better part of half an hour
So, what is new at your place
Well, Booger is going to prom
She going with the Hastings boy?
No, her and JJ broke up. She is going to our prom with a boy in Hermit Crab's class.
Well, I see she rebounded quick. She better watch out with how many boys she dates. She will get a reputation and then where will she be?
Well, she has only dated two boys and she isn't putting out, so I'm sure her rep is just fine. Plus she is going with Tully as a friend.
Ahhh, I see, using him so she can go to prom
No, she agreed to go with him as a friend so he wouldn't miss his senior prom. He has a crush on her, but she made it clear that she didn't feel the same way and would only go with him if he understood.
He's a guy. He only has one thing on his mind. What about Hermit Crab?
Nope, she is going to the after party. Her BFF is going with the exchange student and she doesn't want to go alone and look like a loser
Well, who would blame her. How sad and pathetic is that, going to your senior prom alone. Hasn't she found another boyfriend yet?
No, Mom, her class is so small and she has known almost all of them since pre-school. It would be weird for her. Plus, she leaves in 5 months and will probably find someone with the same interests as her at college.
Well, let's hope she finds an education. If she spends all that time there, better do something other than find boys.
Off on another tangent about who knows what-I was blogging
The car is making a funny clunking sound. I think the tires are falling off. No one will ride with me. I told you sister about it and she yelled at me that I was crazy again and I told her to just drive the car and she would know I'm not crazy. Mike (the local service shop) said he thought it was a bent axle because apparently the person you bought the car hit something. Didn't the Dude hear the sound? Was the muffler so bad before he changed it that he couldn't hear it? I can't afford an axle or someone to put it in. Your brother said it didn't have axles as it was front wheel drive. I don't think it is front wheel drive. It doesn't drive like any FW drive car I had. He doesn't know cars like Dude
Mom, the tires are new. Nothing is falling off. I will check with the Dude, but when he drove it, it was fine. It was suppose to be able to get you to the doctor, the grocery store and Target. For $800 we got something that ran. The person we got it from owns a service station-he wouldn't let his kids drive it if it wasn't safe.
Well, maybe there were problems he couldn't fix. Maybe he was pawning it off on you. Have you lost any more weight? (Just that quick, she turns on ME)
Well, I don't know. I don't weigh myself ever.
How do you know you lost the 20 pounds then?
When I went to the doctor for my annual touchy-feely exam, they noted that I was 20 pounds lighter than last year.
Oh, well, you looked nice at the party. I was just wondering if you planned on losing some more.
Bing, bing, bing
Oh, Mom, I have to go. The bars are done and I need to get them out and get ready to photograph them.
Still doing that computer thing?
Yep, oh, these look good. I can't wait to cut them for the picture and eat one.
For God's sake, if you just lost 20 pounds, why would you eat a bar?
A few more pleasantries and I signed off-1 hour, 50 minutes and 38 seconds. Yes, I looked at the time on my cell. And I didn't have one cocktail while on the phone with her. Normally I put away a better part of a bottle of wine.
Oh, and just so you know-I had 3 bars! And Jewish Mothers have nothing on Norwegian Grandmothers.