May 7, 2011

Some DAY is Mothers DAY.

When I was growing up, there were rules. You couldn't do this, you couldn't do that. I hated those rules - they were seriously cramping my style! But whenever I complained, my mom would say to me, "Some day, you'll understand".


She never batted an eyelid.

A week after my 18th birthday, for reasons I won't go into here, I moved out of my parents' home. Freedom at last! I pretty much worked my own way through college and University and lived the life of a wild young woman. I partied non-stop and did some crazy things. I had waaaay too much fun. I was young...and unstoppable! Cuz there were NO MORE RULES.

I still saw my mom regularly and told her all about my crazy adventures....like the time I rollerskated down the steepest hill in Montreal in fast moving traffic wearing shorts and a pink bustier...

...or the time I took off to Greece and lived in a cave for two months...


...or the time I woke up in another city after partying all night with Mötley Crüe.


My mom never batted an eyelid.
 
Eventually I met my husband, settled down and soon after my first baby was born in London.


Nothing prepared me for the look that tiny child gave me when I first held her in my arms.


Her grey blue eyes fixed onto mine. Those eyes were brand new and seeing me for the first time ever.


They seemed to be checking me out, assessing me...judging me even.


A sudden realization crept over my soul like a cold grey shadow.


I fumbled for the phone by my hospital bedside, and dialed my mom in Montreal. And apologized for EVERYTHING. Just everything.


"Some day" had arrived to kick my ass.

I guess being a mom goes hand in hand with being a daughter. Happy Mothers Day Mummy, I love you.

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39 comments:

  1. I love this! I'm sharing with my mom (and my bonus moms) right now!

    Oh, replace roller skates with shopping carts & Mötley Crüe with an AC/DC cover band from Canada & I'm like your southern twin or something else less cool. ;-)

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  2. This was just awesome, JC. Such a great story and so true. I bet your Mom loved this gift to her!

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  3. This is beautiful. Meanwhile, over at my blogpost, you can read about my mom regressing into the part animal YOU were when you were younger.

    Moms are like snowflakes. No two are the same, but they're all beautiful in their own unique way.

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  4. You never disappoint! Glad your mom is ok. Happy Mother's day! Now, I am going to share it with everyone.

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  5. This was fantastic! I loved the graphics too, they added so much to the story. I wish I could draw :)

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  6. Mine was more, "I swear, I'll be the parent I didn't have." -- I like your version better, glad for you that you have it! Also very glad your mom is still with us to watch you trying not to bat an eyelash :-)

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  7. How many times did we hear, Just wait until you have kids! Or, One day you will understand. Or, even better, the big guns: One day your children will be my revenge!
    This is a wonderful post! Seriously, well done.

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Thank you for sharing!! ((Hugs)) and Happy Mother's Day!

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  9. This was gorgeous and amazing! Love it! Happy Mother's Day!

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  10. I have made THAT phone call many times, especially when my oldest, my daughter, was a teenager.

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  11. How nice for you to draw for your mummy!
    And how true all of this is!
    I'm so glad your mom is okay!
    Love this!

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  12. This is such a great post...and I have a feeling that if I ever have kids I'll be doing something VERY similar..LOL - Although I guess I was tame..I stayed in a hostel in Greece...Paris was the bad one for me ;) And Mötley Crüe? BAWHAHA. You're my HERO. And now I think I need a good band story. I'm still young enough for that..right? :P

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  13. Happy Mother's Day JC!!!

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  14. This is probably my favorite post you have EVER done! I absolutely LOVED every bit of it!!!!

    WAY TO GO! You are amazing!

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  15. Oh, man do I identify with this. I ask my mom all the time "What were you thinking having 5 of us?!?!!"

    FANTASTIC post!!

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  16. I remember the moment that I called my mom and apologized for everything I did in my childhood. It was after a very challenging day with my daughter when she was a baby. It was a blow to my ego. My mom's response? To laugh...and laugh...and laugh, and I think she even yelled "payback!!" at me.

    Glad to hear your mom is doing better!

    (and a happy Mother's Day to you and your mom!)

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  17. Believe it or not I can really relate to your wild adventures! Happy to hear your Mum is feeling better and wish you both sweet Happy Mother's Day!

    ☺ ♥ @toothfairycyber

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  18. I am so glad that your mom is okay and you'll both be able to celebrate Mother's Day together. This was a wonderful post; you obviously have a great relationship with your mom. I wish that my mother inspired me the way your does for you; sadly not...

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  19. Yeah.. I pretty much just turned into my mom.. except I swear more.

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  20. This was great JC, and Happy Mother's Day to you and your amazing mother!

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  21. Great post! And oh so true. I was once on the other end of the phone line saying sorry in soooooo many words. Even now that my Mom is gone, I still say sorry to her when I come into a situation that I has so hard headed about with her. Forgive me, Mama.

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  22. hope your mom is ok, and I do love this post and ill be sharing it, thanks give her my best, and give yourself a hug for being so brave, and said things that some of us might be hiding

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  23. That was incredible and your artistic talent is fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing with me!

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  24. Right on! I apologize to my mom ALL the time! :)

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  25. Mothers and daughters...such an intricate and treasured relationship. Saw both this weekend...thank you for furnishing the perfect end to a FAB Mother's Day!

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  26. thats is the sweetest darn post Ive seen in a long time

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  27. Oh yes, this you completely nailed :)
    Glad your Mom is on the mend ... and happy mothers day to YOU too!

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  28. Totally love this! Isn't it funny how you never understood the "I'm doing this because I love you." until you had kids of your own.

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  29. (Shedding a happy tear and warm smile) Love, Goddess

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  30. You hit the nail right on the head. Unfortunately my mom didn't get to see me get married or have my children but she got her point across loud and clear... and she was 100% right.

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  31. Awwwww I love you Mummy <3

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  32. I love you too, little one. *sniffle*

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  33. So glad you retweeted this one. My eyes and heart are so filled with love and remembering. Thank you. Motley Crue!???!!

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  34. So touching, so true! Beautifully rendered!

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  35. Oh wow JC - so sweet. Excuse me. I gotta go call my mother. ;)

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