Saturday, May 13, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!

I received this via e-mail a couple of days ago, so I am not sure who the author is. I think it's reminiscent of an Erma Bombeck piece which I have read before, and which is posted over at today. Anyway, here it is:

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them, as my Mean Mom told me: I loved you enough. . . to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.

I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.

I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

Bust most of all, I loved you enough. . . to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.

Those were the most difficult battles of all. I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won, too. And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them.

Was your Mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids had candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess that our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work! We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash, and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds and had eyes in the back of her head. Then, life was really tough!

Mother wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so she could meet them. While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16.

Because of our mother we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other's property, or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like Mom was.

I think that's what's wrong with the world today. It doesn't have enough Mean Moms!

~Author Unkown~

Happy Mother's Day to some of the meanest moms I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!!!


At 11:37 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Have to agree with this post. I hope all mom's stay this mean.

At 11:53 PM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

Yep, I'm still that mean mom to my 17 year old. I am alot "nicer" to the 21 and 19 year old and do you know what? They now appreciate my "acts of meaness." Imagine that!! Happy Mothers Day to all Mums!!

At 11:54 PM, Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Happy mother's day. Love you bunches.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger HeyJules said...

Oh yeah, mine was mean, too. I think that's why I love being a mom to just a cute little dog - I just get to say yes, yes, yes all the time! Okay, maybe not when she nibbles on the new furniture or drags a new shoe down the hallway - but all the rest of the time I do!

Happy Mother's Day, Val. Love ya, girl!

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Mrs. Diamond said...

i'm a very mean mom. i always tease my kids. I'm a mean old ogre and don't you forget it!

At 7:29 AM, Blogger ukok said...

I'm a mean mum...probably meaner than the mean mum described in the lovely verses of your post. I can't imagine allowing dating until they're about 18 for a start....

God bless!

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Paula said...

I read that one at Barbara's site too. I loved it because it is so full of truth! Being a mean mom isn't fun, but the dividends pay off in the long run.

Love ya!

At 7:10 PM, Blogger MsKnow said...

I Love that "I loved you enough" If you don't mind, I'd like to post it on my website Thank you!

At 7:52 PM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

Hello Val,
I pulled up this blog and read it at school today to two third graders who needed its message.....I substituted Teacher for Mom and they were quite moved.
Their prior actions/choices had forced me to be what they considered mean. Well, things became clearer to them after reading this blog and some discussion. They are now taking their discipline with a much better attitude and they plan on making better choices in the future. Thanks!


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