90 THINGS ABOUT MY MOTHER
5 September 2009
Today is the day of my mother's party, so I won't be home
to post an entry. Instead, I thought I'd share what I wrote for her memory book.
It's essentially a Mom Meme! Here are 90 things about my mother:
I think she has more shoes in
her closet than Ive ever owned.
Shes famous for her stuffed eggs.
She once carried a bucket of berries up a
hill, while being chased by hornets, and didnt spill a single berry.
She attributes her good teeth to having
been sick as a child and having to drink goats milk.
She started at the Bank of America as a
part time typist and retired as a Trust Officer.
She has the greenest thumb of anybody I
knowshe can make anything grow.
She taught me to like pancakes with pork
She works the daily crossword puzzle in
She hums the theme to CSI along with
Two and a Half Men is one of her
She loves to iron (really!)
She cheats at cards (not really--she's just
very, very good--and lucky)
She has outlived all of her siblings.
She hasnt washed her own hair in more than
thirty years (but has it done every Friday by her hairdresser)
She has volunteered for Hospice of Marin
since shortly after it began.
She loves to dance (and plans to
dance at her birthday party)
She has an amazingly positive outlook on
life which has seen her through all the hard times.
She buried two difficult mothers-in-law
(fortunately they were dead at the time).
She can bake a cherry pie, Billy
Boyand makes a great apple pie too.
She once ate 12 ears of corn on a bet (or
so she told me)
Her handwriting is still as neat as it was
60 years ago.
She is a jigsaw puzzle fiend
She lived with a family during her senior
year in high school, when her parents moved to San Francisco, and earned her keep by doing
housework and ironing, because she wanted to graduate with her class.
She became a Catholic in her 30s.
She is the surrogate "mom" to
most of her nieces.
She was a really good seamstress, and even
learned how to tailor garments.
She reads everything from Danielle Steele
to Thomas Merton but dont give her any gory stuff.
She moved to Texas, briefly, to help her
break up with a boyfriend
She always has the right hat to go with the
right outfit and the right shoes.
She hasnt smoked since 1942.
She was addicted to radio soap operas when
I was a kid and still watches "All My Children" every day.
She loves her Lexus.
Give her vodka tonics, none of that gin
When she and Fred traveled in Holland, she
started collecting blue Delft
She gave birth to my sister after only one
She loves being surrounded by flowers.
In Germany, she once ordered "white
wine with ice" and was served white wine with a scoop of ice cream in it.
She still has all of her own teeth (minus
She once tried to convince me that our pet
frogs (raised from tadpoles) "must have gotten out of the bowl" they were in. I
still dont believe her.
If there is such a thing as reincarnation,
I want to come back as my mothers dog, because nothing gets more luxurious treatment
than her animals.
She used to belong to the Business and
Professional Womens Club.
She once had a crush on Franchot Tone
Shes an avid 49er fan
Dont try to give her any of that
confounded new technology stuff.
Many doves have built nests on her porch
and raised families there.
No "senior citizen living"
community for this galshe prefers to see children out her front window.
She has walked out on the beams of a roof
to pound nails.
At 90, she still cans fruit or vegetables
when someone brings her an abundance.
"Doctor? I dont need no
Except for her one brief trip to Texas, she
has never lived out of California.
She never owned her own home until she was
in her 50s.
CSI has never been the same since
She had a Boston Bull Terrier when she was
I still remember her talking baby talk to a
"Kim" by Kipling was one of her
favorite books, as a child.
She reads two newspapers, front to back
Shes the "Hostess with the
The friend shes known the longest is
someone she went to grammar school with.
Her nails are always perfectly polished
She likes to wear the color purple
She once took a cruise from Hawaii to San
Francisco. It was a very. long. cruise.
She hates roller coasters.
Shes a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat.
She has a lovely, quiet singing voice.
She keeps bowls of Hersheys Kisses
for her guests, and dog treats for their dogs.
Most of her dinners these days come from a
She plays Mah Jong for the laughs.
She thinks Bill Clinton was our most
Shell always watch golf if Tiger
Woods is playing.
She always woke us up in the morning with
orange juice in bedand a kiss (and still does!)
When I had to take money to grammar school,
she always tied it in a handkerchief so I wouldnt lose it.
She is a shameless flirt.
She buried a child in 1971.
If she belonged to an organization, chances
are that at some time she was its treasurer.
She keeps a bird feeder and a humming bird
feeder full at all times.
Shes traveled to England and to
Holland and the surrounding countries.
Her first adult job was working at Paul
Elders Books in San Francisco.
One of her best memories as a small child
was getting a pair of patent leather shoes for a school play.
At Christmas, she read "A Christmas
Carol" to us, over several nights. Its one of my fondest Christmas memories.
She could not stand to look at George Bush
whenever he was on television because he gave her the creeps.
She was the kind of mother who taught you
to be competitive by never cheating to let a child win a game.
She uses Web-TV, barely, but would rather
interact face to face, or voice to voice.
The first major accident she ever had was
breaking her ankle 3 years ago.
She always has a bed for a friend who needs
She once had a severe skin problem on her
hands that went mis-diagnosed for years.
She has seen every episode of As Time
Goes By so often she can practically recite the lines for you.
She married her soul-mate when she married
In looking through old photos for this
party, I realized that she is almost always smiling that big smile of hers.
She is a person of great love, great
energy, and the highest integrity
She is my best friend.