What’s your favorite memory of your mom that is something she did that no one else did, something quirky or endearing that really makes you smile?
All this week, we want to collect everyone’s favorite ‘mom-isms’ and compile them for a Good News Network Mother’s Day post on Sunday. Please share yours in the comments below, or use Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MyMomism
To start us off, I’ve asked my Good News Network team to share their favorite endearing memories of mom…
We heard plenty of “momisms” in our house and they sounded like her own language. Three of my favorites are “permalet” (something the beauty parlor does to your hair); “fax” (which referred to everything involving the Internet, social media, texting or any other digital format — as in, ‘fax me when you get there’); and “jijantic” (something big –– as in, ‘Godzilla is a jijantic lizard’). I still can’t pronounce gigantic correctly after hearing her use this so often.
Charlie Towne, GNN business partner
In grade school the guys would stop on their bikes at our house, which was the last stop before school – they would gather in the kitchen while Mom finished my lunch. If they got too rowdy she would “remind” them that she had been a world wrestling champion––and had the belt to prove it. She was all of 80 pounds but somehow was able to perpetuate this story for a long time without having to produce the evidence – despite constant requests from the guys to see her belt… Love her madly and miss her.
Kristy Cooper, Contributor
When I think of mom’s cute traits I immediately smile about her lifelong fitness addiction. Nowadays, everyone AND their grandmothers stay in shape. The billion dollar fitness industry is widely embraced. However, when I was little, this was considered quirky and definitely not the norm. Back when fast food ruled, mom made us drink wheat germ while my friends guzzled Kool-Aid. I opened my lunch box to find a dessert of carrots with raisins, while my friends had Twinkies and cupcakes. Mom was the resident “Jane Fonda” teaching aerobics every day after work and dragging me and my two sisters along. Decades later, we are all grateful for mom’s enthusiasm. The youngest runs marathons, the middle wins fitness competitions and I have a nutrition degree.
McKinley Corbley, Editorial Assistant
My mom is really into music. She’s always said that if she wasn’t a business woman, she would’ve been a singer. Whenever a new album is released by any of her favorite bands, you’d better BELIEVE that you are going to be hearing it 254,834 times. Not only would the album be accompanied by her harmonized singing, but a kind of wiggly grooving that could’ve maybe been dancing? (I’m kidding, Mom.) My fondest memory of this is when we went out together and Blurred Lines started playing on the jukebox. Mom jumped off her stool and started boogying about the bar. “Mom, this song is awful, have you listened to the lyrics, what’re you doing!?”
“But it’s just so catchy!” she exclaimed gleefully.
Helaina Hovitz, Deputy Editor
My mom likes to pretend that she doesn’t love animals, but she does. I’ve seen her sneaking kisses to our dog when she thinks nobody’s looking, and talking to him in a baby voice when she brushes his paws.
I remember back in third grade, when I brought home my first pet, Sally the hamster, she pretended she wasn’t that into her. Sally was originally our class pet, and I’d volunteered to take care of her over winter break. I grew attached to her and asked the class if I could keep her. One day, when Sally didn’t wake up from her nap, I marched into my mom’s room and announced, through tears “Sally’s dead!” We put her in a box and buried her in the backyard and my father and I said a few words. I was very upset. I cried all night. My mom cried too.
(Top photo by Irelynkiss)
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