August 30, 2012
Isn’t it funny (and maybe a little scary) when your kids verbalize something that sounds like you talking? Sometimes I hear myself and I think, “That’s my mom!” or “I sound like my dad.”
My parents are celebrating their 44th anniversary this week! 44 years!! I’m only 1/4 of the way there. Of course there have been challenges and bumps along the road, but my parents have been a living example for me…and so many others.
I was thinking about some of the funny quotes I remember from each parent…
My cool looking dad in his 70′s garb holding me with Grandma sitting next to him.
From my dad:
“If you’re having fun you don’t have to do it.” i.e. if your older sister is telling you that you HAVE to play game SHE wants to play and if you would rather keep playing your game, that is OK!
“Clean it up, bub.” i.e. stop talking about things that are inappropriate.
“Let’s go sports fans!”My dad would say this anytime we were leaving to go somewhere. We really weren’t “a sports” family aside from watching the Chicago Cubs faithfully throughout the 1980′s.
“If you thought of it, someone has probably done it.” My dad would say this if we came up with a really strange story and asked him if he thought it could really happen.
“Time tweet.” How my dad would call us for supper.
My dad always told me I am “female” him. It’s very true. We have similar personalities and see the world through similar lenses. My dad has a tremendous heart for people–all people. My friends often comment how warm and fun loving my dad is.
He was a runner and later a swimmer and still a biker…and now a walker. Never was a marathon runner or triathlete, but he took us swimming, biking, and occassionally running. He took me on bike trips and taught me how to shift gears, follow traffic laws, and push myself when I was feeling tired. This is something I am already passing down to my kids. My oldest already loves swimming and biking with me.
My grandma (same grandma that was in the other picture) and my mom enjoying pizza with me (age thirteen) and my younger brother.
From my mom:
“Well it didn’t grow legs and walk away.” She would say this anytime we could not find something. I always pictured an object growing little legs and jumping out the window.
“Eat this and if you’re still hungry you can have more.”I say this to my kids in the exact same way my mom does! This was my mom’s way of doing “portion control” at meals.
“I’m going to go sit in the brown chair for 15 minutes.” This was my mom’s refuge to take a much needed break. We are officially owners of the “brown chair.” I have plently of brown chair moments although my fifteen minutes somehow gets closer to a half hour…or sometimes longer.
“The food’s not getting any warmer!” This is what my mom would say if she called us to dinner and we didn’t come right away. My mom should have just taken our chairs away and banned us from the dinner table. Disrespectful children not coming when they’re called!
My mom was a master “couponer” before there was Internet and extreme couponing classes. She could write a whole blog on frugal living and saving money. My mom is an amazing seamstress. She made all my girls’ bridesmaid dresses when I got married and has made countless Halloween costumes including ones for my own kids. I am sorry to say I never followed either path as I am not a coupon clipper and I cannot sew anything.
My mom had the gift of hospitality. Many people were welcomed in our house and my mom always went the extra mile. That was a beautiful example to me as I find myself enjoying the art of hospitality and the joys of serving in the church.
Happy anniversary to my mom and dad!
My parents with me and my three kids taken last Christmas.