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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Momma's Momma

Mother’s day is coming up. Duh.

Instead of going on and on about what *I* want to receive for the holiday [ahem *massage or full spa day* ahem], I figured I’d share some memories of my own Momma. Yah. Memories of Momma’s Momma

Besides, I’m not really feeling the love from my own heathens right now – so maybe writing about good stuff will help me realize that one day those heathens may just blog about how awesome I am. Of course, I’ll be senile by then, but a girl can dream.

Ok. Some Memories of my Momma…

When I was – oh – 7 or 8, Momma signed up the family to be in a traveling marching band. She played the base drum. I was a flag girl. We marched in parades in 90 degree heat. We marched in rain. I almost broke my shin with flag, more than once. My little brother? He was a water boy. Thinking about it now, I can see why Momma did this. We were on welfare, and by us doing this…together…we got to travel all summer and see fun things and it was all free. I think we did some fund raising, probably, but I don’t remember that. Just the bus trips and laughs and songs and parades.

When I was a senior in high school, Momma finally got her dream job. In a town 4 hours away. Instead of making me move during my last year, she took the job and moved there herself. Leaving my brother and I on our own. He was a sophomore at the time. She came home some weekends, but mostly she mailed in the rent check and simply trusted us. Can you imagine? Letting your 17 and 15 year old kids live on their own, 4 hours away? She had no choice. And to be honest, we were good kids. I had one party – no alcohol involved – and my little brother was just excited to be part of the group that he didn’t tell on me. Otherwise we just went to school, I’d go to my job most nights and pick up my brother from practice. I’m quite impressed we survived, honestly – but hell, to do that today? I don’t know how she did it.

Momma is a cake decorator. We always had the bestest coolest most delicious cakes growing up. She’d make one for us to bring to school , and make everyone gather around it for pictures. She even taught cake decorating classes at the high school some nights. Sometimes I got to tag along – I was the official frosting taster. Momma owned a bakery where she’d make cookies and cakes and donuts and lots and lots of Finnish Nisu (sweet dough, like cinnamon rolls, but way more divine). She was able to make decent money decorating cakes for weddings and other parties. I remember looking through her zillions of pictures in albums at all of the cakes she’d made over the years, noticing the fashion and hair styles that changed along with the photos.

Momma made my wedding cake. Nothing crazy like fondant or berry cream filling or anything. Plain old vanilla with white frosting and a silly monogram or something on the top tier. I was so proud to tell people she had made it for us.

Momma is beautiful, strong, talented, funny and stubborn. I’d like to think this apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Happy Mother’s Day, Momma.

Love you more.

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Blogger John said...

I've always been totally awed when you've written about your momma, Momma. It's obvious that she totally means the world to you - the love is right there on the page.

I remember reading the "one of these is not true" post (or was it "one of these is true" - I don't remember the fine details?) and thinking that the marching band thing was just too crazy to be made up. It sounds like an absolute hoot.

For your heathens, well, you're the funnest mom in the history of moms . . . I look forward to the day that I'm senile but have a flash from my youth & I scour the internet (will it even be called the internet) to find the stories of two brothers who write about great their mom was, especially as she dealt with their ultra-independent phase while their dad was out with a broken back.

5/4/11, 9:10 AM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Awww, that is an awesome tribute to your Mom. Any pictures of those delectable cakes she made and decorated?

Happy Mother's Day to you (in advance)!

5/4/11, 9:11 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

So sweet! Your momma sounds like an amazing woman.

5/4/11, 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What great memories to have! I can only hope that one day my children will write something this sweet and meaningful about me.

5/4/11, 9:26 AM  
Blogger Tayarra said...

What great memories and what a great momma you were blessed with. I totally don't believe that you didn't have any alcohol related parties though! How is that possible with little ole mommakiss?

5/4/11, 9:29 AM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Bless the good mommas!!

Who says they have to GIVE you a spa day?

You're the mommma aka keeper of the calendar.

You say I've booked this for myself, I knew had you been considerate enough to have thought of it (MR KISS) that you would have done so. I forgive you. LOL.

5/4/11, 9:41 AM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

This is just the best post. And she sounds like a really amazing woman.

And you must have been a pretty amazing kid to be left home alone like that! I can't imagine!

5/4/11, 9:54 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

this is awesome and has inspired my own Momma post:) LOVE IT!! Happy Momma's Day - it certainly sounds like far from the apple tree the apple did not fall:)

5/4/11, 10:01 AM  
Blogger Hello! I'm Kate. said...

Seriously, I'm always jealous of the fake you've got a momma who is a cake decorator!

Sounds like you have an awesome mom!

5/4/11, 10:48 AM  
Blogger JenJen said...

hi dammit.

xo you're awesome.

5/4/11, 11:16 AM  
Blogger Possum said...

For the love o Gah Momma!! I thought for a minute I was reading the latest Fannie Flagg!
Seriously though...back in the day when you were marching with the band did you think there'd be a group of people who would want your life?
You really need to write this book!!

5/4/11, 12:14 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

This post is just the best gift ever.
All I got my mom was a shitty card.

But despite MY shortcomings, I LOVE this post. More than cake. Which I can't make.

You mommas rock. Steady.

5/4/11, 12:36 PM  
Blogger kim said...

A book, or at the very least, a good long post, is desperately needed about that marching band deal. Really. That's beyond creative. Sounds like she's about as rockin' as her daughter.

5/4/11, 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your Mom sounds like an awesome lady. I tell how much you love her. And how like her you are. :)

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

5/4/11, 1:20 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Happy mother's day to your Momma. That is awesome that your mom made your wedding cake.

5/4/11, 1:22 PM  
Blogger Poppy said...

I can't imagine living apart from my mom though I think I would have liked to try in high school. It's obvious how much you miss her.

And fondant is gross.

5/4/11, 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Beautiful. Your mom sounds like just as wonderful a parent as you.

5/4/11, 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWWWWWWW! I'm not surprised that Momma's Momma was da bomb dot com...The apple never falls too far. ;)

5/4/11, 1:35 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

This is so sweet! Your mom is an amazing (and creative) person! I think the marching band plan is my fave.

5/4/11, 2:12 PM  
Blogger KLZ said...

Your mom absolutely sounds like the bees knees. How cool to grow up with her.

5/4/11, 2:12 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Signing y'all up for the traveling marching band is one of the coolest things I have ever heard! I was a flag girl in high school.

And I'm convinced the apple did not fall far from the tree at all.

Happy Mother's Day, MK! :)

5/4/11, 3:33 PM  
Anonymous CDG @ Move Over Mary Poppins! said...

Damn, woman. You come from a fine line of women!

Happy mother's day, happy Bloggy Boot Camp, happy Pursey Weekend, and when that fun's all over, let's skip the playground and just go get drinks!

5/4/11, 3:42 PM  
Blogger Kmama said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom!

5/4/11, 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...

your mom's pretty awesome! from welfare to owning her own bakery... yeah, she rocks! sounds like she worked her butt off for you two. nice!

5/4/11, 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

Wow! And you haven't written your memoirs yet??? I love the marching band gig.

My mom made my wedding cake too.

It was da bomb!

5/4/11, 7:00 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

I think I like your mama! And I especially love how you ended the post. My kids and I said that to each other. :) I also love your marching band memories!

5/4/11, 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your mama sounds amazing! I bet that cake tasted super sweet! Lucky girl!

5/4/11, 10:25 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Such a sweet post! I've always noticed you're a Yooper (I live in Detroit) and I'm curious where your moms bakery is - was it in MI?

5/4/11, 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Momma made my wedding cake too! It was beautiful, delicious and one of the most special things of my wedding day. Just knowing that it was my best friend's mom that did this for me because her wonderful daughter asked her to made it all the more special. It will be something that I cherish always. Happy Mom's day to you and to your Momma! Love you.

5/4/11, 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, what a strong woman. It sounds like your mom is someone who really knows how to make the best out of any situation.

5/5/11, 7:06 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

THIS - is all kinds of perfect. Happy Mother's Day. xo

5/5/11, 12:55 PM  
Blogger Casondra said...

What a great Mom you have! And what a wonderful tribute to her.

Happy Mother's Day!

5/5/11, 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Erin I'm Gonna Kill him said...

You know I think you should be writing a book about yo momma. I love the stories you tell about her. You don't go into much detail yet the depth is there. She's such a good subject.

5/5/11, 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Awwwww....wub MK the first.

5/5/11, 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, isnt that just too sweet! =) Your mom sound awesome. I hope you get that massage for Mothers Day!

5/6/11, 2:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but tear up thinking about your mom. What a beautiful glimpse you have just given - and no, I don't think the apple fell too far from the tree. You are amazing! A traveling band? So cool.

- Emily

5/6/11, 9:56 AM  
Blogger Lisa..... said...

That's an awesome Mother's day story. You are very lucky.

5/6/11, 11:27 AM  
Blogger Mommy Nani Booboo said...

She sounds fucking amazing.
And the marching band is awesome! What experiences to have as a child. That's part of why your so cool.

5/6/11, 11:57 AM  
Blogger Suniverse said...

A lovely post. Your momma sounds awesome.

5/6/11, 12:51 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

A Momma who makes and decorates cakes takes the cake!...yeah yeah, I never claimed to be very good at commenting.

5/6/11, 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Momma sounds amazing! FULL spa day? YES please.

5/6/11, 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What a beautiful post to your mom and it is obvious how much you love her and how much she loves you. LOVE that you had your own marching band! Happy Mother's day to you.

5/7/11, 7:06 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Tuna said...

I'm missing my mom today, so glad you have great times with yours.

5/8/11, 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Okay - where did you go?? Did you know I was going to steal Pursey so you were hiding? Because I thought I was being all sneaky with my nefarious plans.

5/9/11, 9:38 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I would love to have been her taste tester too. She sounds just wonderful.

5/9/11, 2:59 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Aw! Hope you had a great Mother's Day! It was awesome meeting you in Boston and hanging with Pursey. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the conf and that our paths cross again soon. xo

5/9/11, 11:52 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Lovely tribute ... I'm sure she cried :)

Visiting from SITS :)

5/10/11, 3:56 PM  
Anonymous fesbuk said...

What great memories to have! I can only hope that one day my children will write something this sweet and meaningful about me.

5/14/11, 1:27 PM  
Anonymous sohbet said...

I would love to have been her taste tester too. She sounds just wonderful.

5/14/11, 1:27 PM  
Blogger Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

Sweetest mother's day post EVER. Did I say ever? Your mom sounds like an amazing woman. I love the trust she had for you and your brother. Do you have a pic of your wedding cake? I'd love to see it. I used to work in a bakery as a cake decorater while I was in college. It was the most fun I've had at a job in my life. It wasn't my official title, but I was definitely an official frosting tester. I'm amazed I didn't gain 30 pounds every week.

5/19/11, 1:49 PM  

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