My mother came to visit a few weeks ago. This was a bit awkward because we had never been given a chance to build a bond when I was growing up. The last time we spent a significant amount of time with each other, excluding short vacations, I was nine. Regardless she still dotes on me and loves me unconditionally. Of course, she still thinks I'm nine years old. During the visit I documented our time together, on Twitter and Facebook, which turned out to be very humorous — for my friends. If you missed it here's a recap. Keep in mind that at 77 years old, she is at the age where she doesn't do anything she doesn't want to and really doesn't care what anyone thinks about her or her behavior. It must be very liberating.
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I'm pretty sure today is Fathers Day. Which explains why my Mom is driving me crazy.
Sun Jun 20 19:02:43 2010 via TweetDeck
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Not all men who drink are poets. Some of us drink because we are not poets. (or because our mother is visiting)
Sun Jun 20 19:18:20 2010 via TweetDeck
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My mom just dropped by with only 20 minutes notice. Berated me about all the beer (left over from last weeks crab feast) in my fridge, told me that I was getting too fat and then proceeded to ask me what I wanted her to cook when she comes back on Wednesday — with luggage in tow. She will eventually watch me eat. Then insist I have seconds.
June 20 at 8:47pm via facebook
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June 23 at 11:25pm via facebook
... ... ...Fighting the urge to grab a burger since it will infringe on the god-given right of the visiting mother to cook for her son.
June 24 at 12:14pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Did I mention I'm feeling out of place because I can't speak my native language? Such shame.
June 24 at 3:30pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Oh look MSG in 5 kilo bags. Need to stock up!
June 24 at 3:31pm via TweetDeck
... ... ... Did I mention 51 varieties of ramen and 30+ kinds of fish sauce? I stopped counting.
June 24 at 3:44pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...244,550. The number of journal pages my dad was purported to have filled in his lifetime. I think my Mom needs a new calculator.
June 24 at 5:18pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...When your spry 72 yr old mom (my bros. and I were a surprise) says she can hack it walking in DC heat — you should drive. (especially when you find out she's really 77)
June 25 at 1:26pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...At 72 yrs old my Mom has no filter and says what she thinks,"Enhanced." "Boobs that big can't exist on a body that small."
June 25 at 1:34pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...2nd to Last MOM post of the day. I give the counter woman that "We're not related" look when she questions her about why it costs $22 to hem a pair of khakis. She's not even inquiring for me, she's asking so the guy in front of me won't get ripped off. That guy gives me the Bill Clinton "I feel your pain look."
June 25 at 2:59pm via Facebook
... ... ...I get my turn at role reversal. I tell my Mom, "If you don't know what you're looking for close the damn fridge we're not cooling the entire neighborhood."
June 25 at 3:00pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Being forced to watch a Thai soap opera. Regardless of language its all the same; secret babies, cheating spouses and lots of bitch slaps.
June 25 at 8:04pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Just been told my last name, already 14 letters long, is missing an N at the end. Apparently they had form-field issues in 70s INS apps.
June 28 at 11:02am via TweetDeck
... ... ...Week 2 of the Mother visit. She returns my iphone telling me its broken. (uh Mom you have to charge the phone overnight).
June 28 at 1:30pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Saying "excuse us" to strangers at the grocery store because my mother refuses to move the cart to one side or the other. What is holding her up is if we should buy 2 or 3 cucumbers. Only reason we are buying cucumbers? She thinks the lettuce is too expensive.
June 28 at 7:17pm via Facebook
... ... ...Showed my mother how Twitter and Facebook work. Now everytime I pick up the iphone she gives me the evil eye.
June 29 at 6:03pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Just realized my mothers partial deafness is in whatever ear that is facing me at the time.
June 29 at 6:11pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Opened up the dishwasher to find out my loving mother emptied it while I was away. Then I noticed she rearranged tthe cupboards. She said it's just a tweak. She also REFOLDED my laundry. She is so lucky she cooked dinner too.
June 29 at 7:32pm via Facebook
... ... ...Tried to explain the appeal of the XBOX360 to my 72 year old Mom using Call Of Duty. Her response, "This makes no sense to me. Why do you have kill everyone?"
June 29 at 8:48pm via Facebook
... ... ...My Mom: "Why are we in washington? I've seen all this before."
June 30 at 12:22pm via Facebook
June 30 at 3:48pm via Facebook
... ... ...Mom: Everything in the USA is so expensive says my mom re: the euro/dollar exchange rate. Then we walk by Williams Sonoma and all is forgotten.
June 30 at 4:34pm via Facebook
... ... ...My mother disapproves of my choice of ride. So impractical. She enjoys herself none the less. Here we're visiting her "other" son.
June 30 at 6:31pm via Facebook
July 1 at 6:23pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...I'm convinced that my mother has changed her time-table from "please get married in my lifetime" to "please do so before my flight takes off."
July 1 at 6:25pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...We've put in excess of 200mi on the car, visited my future wife, where she works and the Chocolate factory, had lunch at RAKU, visited my cousins in North Bethesda (for dinner), caught fireflies, eaten too much, drank too much and now — at almost midnight, my Mom believes the perfect ending to such a long day is to cook up a batch of soup — from scratch. Oy.
July 1 at 11:55pm via facebook
... ... ...My Mom asks me to confirm her flight online. Done. She asks me to check her in online. We need to wait until 5pm (24hrs) She asks me to confirm her reservation. We try for almost an hour — no success. Only after wards does she tell me that maybe we can't sign in online because on her SFR instructions it specifically say...s she can only check in: IN PERSON.
July 2 at 10:21am via facebook
... ... ...People get into fights w/ their loved ones before they leave to make the separation easier to bear. My Mom cooks. Constantly. Since 6 am.
July 2 at 10:42am via TweetDeck
... ... ...My Mom she believes the longer-than-usual shower she took this morning caused the water main break.
July 2 at 3:24pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...My mom asks me if I know the name of the young guy who plays basketball for that team who got a really good salary signed right out of college. My response: uh, no. Mom could you be more specific? My Mom's response: "He's Black."
July 2 at 3:53pm via facebook
... ... ...Last night my mother ate all the cookies in my pantry that were about to "expire."
July 2 at 4:15pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Just found out my Mom is 77 not 72. She said she never corrected me all these years because she liked how it sounded. Now I apparently owe her five belated birthday presents.
July 2 at 5:16pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...Guess who just relieved the restaurant of all of it's sugar packets, napkins and any condiments not nailed down? Hint: she gave birth to me. - Going to need to leave a very big tip.
July 2 at 8:22pm via Facebook
... ... ...1/3 United employee assumes my quinlingual mother is an idiot since her English has a lilt. Shoos her away from checkin kiosk. #unitedFail
July 3 at 2:50pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...2/3 Undaunted my 77yr old mother waits in the checking line - desk attendant tells her next time she should use the kiosk #unitedFail
July 3 at 2:52pm via TweetDeck
... ... ...3/3 Learning of previous slight, new attendant apologizes, offers 2 assist in a choice of language. My mom continues conversation in FRENCH.
July 3 at 2:57pm via TweetDeck
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Prior to boarding her return flight to France, my mother says good by to her/my Facebook friends — in French.
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