Thursday, March 17, 2011

Writer's Workshop - An Hour To Kill

Mama’s Losin’ It

If I find myself with an hour to kill, or even if I don't for that matter, I'm going to call my mother.  My mother lives 3 states to the northeast and 800 miles away from me so if I want to talk to her I can't just drive across town.  With rare exceptions, we talk multiple times daily.  It's not that I can't go without talking to her, I just choose not to.  If by chance I do go MIA for a few days, I'll get the following call:

Me:  Hello
Mother:  Why haven't I heard from you?
Me:  I'm not sure
Mother: I'm having Mandy withdrawals
Me:  Me too, I just forgot to call

I'll call her on my way to work to tell her about my odd dreams, and she'll call me from the bookstore to tell me her  latest find.  She'll call me from Ross to tell me about a cute something or other that we need for our plants and I'll call her from the plant nursery to tell her about the "rare" finds I've found.  I'll call her to aks her if we have a book before I buy it again and she'll call me to read me the backs of the books she's either gotten in the mail or brought home.  I'll call her from the bathtub to read her something I just read while still laughing and then I'll call her again later to read it when I stop laughing so that she can understand what I'm saying.  She does the same, only I think I laugh more.  We take turns with our pity parties when they come up, we plan budgets together, talk about meals and strategize on how to get our kids to shape up or ship out.  While I'm raising two girls (14 and 10), she's also still raising two girls (17 and 14), so we really have a lot more in common than the average duo.  I call her and sing songs I've reworded that she has to then guess the real song. For instance,

Mother:  Hello
Me:  Hello, Mother, how are you's so nice to hear your voice over the phone.  You're sounding swell, Mother....I can tell Mother
Mother:  Yes,'s Hello Dolly, again
Me:  I crack myself up

Thank God for cell phones, she won't text, but she does like to send pictures of plants back and forth and will comment on those.  Just don't try to initate a conversation via text messaging; it won't happen.  That's just asa well since I'd rather hear her voice anyways.  Sometimes I pull an  I Love Lucy voice moment and place a "person to person" call to her with my nose pinched...she loves those, my girls do the same thing. 

Mothers are a gift, even more so when you grow up and they can be your best friend.  There's not a person I'd rather spend extra time with on the phone or in person when given the chance than my mother...sorry, friends! 

This post was inspired by the prompt "You have an hour to kill on the telephone...who do you call and why." from Mama Kat's Weekly Writer's Workshop.


  1. It's very hard for me to read posts like this. My mother died three years ago and I imagine that we would have this kind of relationship today. She was one of my best friends and I miss her terribly. I have grateful that I had her in my life. May you always cherish your relationship with your mom. XOXO

  2. You have such a wonderful relationship with your mom. I love the you are such good friends!

  3. Awwww... so sweet! Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship and it nuture it well - how great!

    Can I get a big *HIGH FIVE* for cell phones and unlimited calling plans? What would we do without them?

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's :-)

  4. This was cute... and sweet... :)

  5. My Mom does the same thing...only she'll say "I need a grandkid fix!" We talk all the time too. I'm so glad we don't have a dysfunctional relationship. :)

  6. My mom and I have the exact same conversations--I mean the exact same ones. Thanks for this. It's fun to know that the mother daughter experience is pretty universal.

  7. Like Leah, said it's hard for me to read a post like this, only b/c my mom is still alive and we do not have this kind of relationship. Count your blessings! My mother is oftentimes the main topic of my therapy sessions!

    I did the same topic!

  8. This was so sweet. I love the relationship you have with your makes me miss my mom even more.