Sunday, May 10, 2009

Say Hi To Your Mother For Me

Happy Mothers Day to everyone who birthed a baby. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my own mom and how utterly cool she is. (This is from my birthday last year- she still looks cool and my bangs look less gross)

Before we delve into my mom's awesomeness, let me tell you a little story about how I came to be. My mom was pregnant with me for only 7 months when she was shopping at the mall one day when she noticed her jeans were wet. She thought she had peed her pants so she freaked out and went to the bathroom. I guess at some point she realized "Ooopsies! I'm having a baby!" Fast forward through some unpleasant surgery and suddenly, I am born! 4 pounds of purple, half breathing flesh. Here is a direct quote from the finest book my mother ever wrote - my baby book:
"My first thought upon seeing you was 'the poor girl is going to need braces to correct that terrible overbite.' You weren't too pretty to me then."
Touching words that can only be expressed by a loving mother. I give her so much shit for writing this and for some reason, she is still good humored about it so I'll have to give her credit for that. In fact, my mom has an excellent sense of humor and has always been the first to find cool new authors and shows. She introduced me to Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Comeback and urged me to watch them despite early criticism. And she was the first person to introduce me to David Sedaris waaaay back in the day. She clearly knew what she was talking about!

Here's another reason why my mom is so rad. She started a blog years before I did! It's pretty good and you should check it out. She is also a great photographer. I guess she took a lot of Diane Arbus style photos of New York in the late 60's but I have never seen them. Maybe someday she will dig them up and I'll share some of them here. In the meantime, you can check out her flickr account where there are lots of fun pictures including this one of a doll head in the street.
Some other reasons why my mom is cool:
  • When I was in high school, she claimed to like Nine Inch Nails.
  • She owns a toy robot collection
  • She plays guitar
  • She has a doctorate degree... that's Doctor Robin to you!
  • She taught theater at one of the first integrated high schools in Georgia and much to the dismay of other the stuffy faculty members, she put on an inspiring mixed-race play. She's totally like Michelle Pfeiffer from Dangerous Minds, only better.
I guess she was probably always cool. After all, she was doing stuff like this in 1962:

Happy Mothers Day!


Mom said...

This is the best Mother's Day present you could have given me! Thank you.

k. said...

i like your mom.