Monday, May 11, 2009


Ralph and I were heading out the door and as usual my husband picked up his wallet and put two quarters in his pocket.

I don’t know why today I decided to ask…

“Honey, why do you always put two quarters in your pocket?” He just stood there for a minute with a puzzled look on his face, then replied “My Mom always told me to in case I was in trouble and needed to call home.”

Laughing we realized we didn’t even know how much it cost to use a pay phone and if we needed one… could we find one in a hurry?

We both paused, each in our own world with a distant look and a smile on our face, thinking about our Moms.

Of course, Ralph couldn’t resist… “What did your Mom always say?”

At first, all I could think about was my Grandmother who told me always to put on clean underwear in case I was in an accident. Even as I kid I found that pretty silly.

Well that started it… back and forth, till we were almost crying with laughter.

Some of our favorite Mom-isms!

  • Do you want me to call your Dad?
  • Turn off the lights, do you think we live in a barn!
  • Don’t make me stop this car!
  • If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you?
  • Eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in China.
  • Put that down, you don’t know where it’s been!
  • Kathleen Ann… if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…

I’m going to finish this last Mom-ism.

Kathleen Ann… if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times how much I Love You.

That’s what I remember most.
Happy Mother’s Day, Kathy


Malia Johnson said...

Mom always reminded me: Always treat everyone the way that you want to be treated in return...(Still the best advise no matter what your age)

OldBroad said...

When my Mom, Emily, began aging, she'd tell me with a decidedly impish grin: "Enjoy getting older. You can do what you want to do, say what you want to say, and everybody just chalks it up to senility. It's terrific!"

My birthday #70 is just ahead, and she's right - thanks, Mom!