Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers. The Coronavirus has changed the way we will celebrate the day.
I am fortunate. My daughter is with me. So, no one has to wear face masks, or wave from a vehicle to say, “I love you.”
My mother died last year at 96 years of age. She worked until she was 85. She had eight children; all surviving, and will be missed. The holidays centered around her even for those of us who lived miles away. I never heard her complain about changing a diaper or cooking a meal. She had a great sense of humor, but also a temper and I knew when to stay out of her way. This is one of the memories I have of her and me, or is it she and I?
Mind Your Own Business
After being told to go to my room, and think about what I had done, I ran away. I was three years old.
We lived in a Cape Cod style house in Levittown, Long Island. The bedrooms were upstairs. By the time my mother realized one of her children was missing, I was long gone.
She went looking and asked a neighbor wearing penny loafers and Bermuda shorts, “Have you seen a little girl?”
He stopped mowing his lawn. “I did,” wiped his brow with a cloth handkerchief and said, “I asked where she was going and I was told to ‘mind my own business.’ ” (Actually I said minch your own business because I had a lisp.)
My mother said, “That was her. Which way did she go?”
Mind your own business is a phrase I have used frequently during this stay at home virus. Until my daughter informed me. “Mom, it’s get off of me.”
She’s afraid I am getting old, and wants me to be on Instagram.
Shortly after, her dad, my husband stood in my way and asked. “What’s that?”
I held a legal-size paper in my hand. Befuddled by his question, I answered. “A piece of paper.”
He continued his inquiry, like an FBI agent. “What’s on it?”
He still did not move. I wondered if he had a concealed fire arm and thought he might flash a badge.
Exasperated I said, “Claire’s banana bread recipe.” Then circled behind him to file it in my baking folder.
I wanted to tell him to mind his own business, but said, “Get off of me,” in too loud a voice.
Happy Mother’s Day.,
. . . . just saying
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