When I open my mouth, my mother comes out. I didn’t make that up because I have seen it cleverly repeated on everything from decoupage crafts at the Canton Flea Market to embroidered pillows at local gift shops. It’s not original, but holds true for me every day.
Just this morning, I mumbled under my breath at the driver creeping in front of me to “just git on down the road.” It was something Mama always said. Of course, she had a plethora of sayings, and they fly out of my own mouth all the time. Expressions such as “Lord have mercy, Jesus,” seeking divine intervention both when it is a worthy request and sometimes when it is probably not, and “Bless Pat,” another off-the-cuff remark. I don’t even know what that one really means, and I have no clue who Pat is. I do know she is one very blessed person.
I used both phrases and probably several more last weekend while trying to sit through MTV’s Video Music Awards. My first reaction when I saw Kim and Kanye on the red carpet dressed in Balmain was “Bless Pat.” As I painfully covered my eyes during Miley’s odd wardrobe changes, you guessed it, “Lord have mercy, Jesus.” It was like Mama was in the room.
More than a few times I have made the statement, “You couldn’t run fast enough to give me that.” Family and friends usually reply by rolling their eyes before looking in the backseat for Mama. It makes us laugh to remember the funny sayings she coined and probably the ones that came from her mama before her.
About Donald Trump, Mama once said: “He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.” I am still laughing at that one as we all follow his political ambitions. Of course, she also had a self-deprecating sense of humor. I can’t count the times watching her take both hands to shift her wig straight, wrap up in a colorful sweater, and paint on some lipstick while telling whomever was near, “I look like I’ve been chewed up and spit out.”
So, it’s true that sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out. Now and then Daddy even speaks through me. Has this ever happened to you? I just smile from deep inside and welcome her every single time. To do otherwise, well, that would be “plumb crazy.” Thanks, Mama.
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