a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Mother's Lesson

Mom was quite a unique lady.  Talented but tested, she tried to remain our rock.

One of my favorite tales of Mom's less than subtle lessons to the family was how she dealt once and for all with Dad's impatience.

Mom was old school and cared for the family with no complaints, well, rarely any complaints.  When a trip was planned Mom's self appointed job was to ready the family.  Dad was always dressed and ready first since Mom laid out his clothes.  Mom then proceeded to dress three daughters and saved her preparation for last.

On this occasion, Dad was impatient to get on our way, he was ready, the children were dressed, what was the holdup??  That is when he decided to make the mother bear of mistakes by honking the truck horn.

Mother, having reached her wits end, promptly placed her hat on her head and grabbed her purse and joined the family in the truck, buck naked! 
Needless to say, Dad was shocked speechless.  We children were too young to notice anything out of the ordinary.

Mother quietly explained that preparing four people for departure left her little spare time to prepare herself.  If Dad was ready to go, then she was ready to go.

Dad NEVER honked the horn again.

13 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

What a story!

LindaG said...

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Wow. lol. That's a great story!

Nezzy said...

You must of been very VERY young not to notice Mama in the buff! Heeehehhehe....this was priceless!

Enjoy this beautiful day in the Lord!

becky said...

oh my gosh, that is GREAT!

Sunny said...

LOL! Too funny!
☼ Sunny

ellen abbott said...

Good for her. I went through the same thing only we just had two kids. Still, I had to get them ready and then myself and husband was always rude and testy. Used to piss me off. If he was in such a hurry, why didn't he help getting the kids ready?

~Tonia said...

ROFL!!! Omw That took nerve! That is hilarious!

Nora said...

Good for your mother. That sounds like something you would do.

Linda in New Mexico said...

Yay for strong women everywhere. Your Mom rocked some serious stuff.

Deb said...

good for her...I bet he was shocked...I understand what she went through....I was always the one to get everyone else ready...and little time for me...it's changed since the kids are grown...now I have me time...

Rudee said...

Snort!!!! Bwahahahahaha. I lurve your mama, Gail.

Pyatshaw said...

Sounds just like my dad AND my husband!

Judy said...

Sometimes you just have to make a point...

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