Mama Diaries

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Old Mama

I'm back!  Sort of.  Tomorrow I take off again. 

So, I walked in the door last night, and was tackled by my daughter.  She gave me a big bear hug.  Apparently she missed me.  I expected some sort of comment to that effect, but instead she said, "Guess what Bubba said about you."

This ought to be good, I thought. "What did Bubba say?"

"Well, he was trying to figure out how old you were.  At first he thought you were 22, but then he said that there was definitely no way you were 22."

"Okay," I said.  "So how old did he think I was?"

"Fifty-two!"

Oy!  (No, I'm most definitely not 52!)



On to another story (actually, I'm quite full of them today).  I was rather hungry when I came home at about 9:00 last night.  After I had put down my suitcase and was properly greeted by all creatures in my family, I searched for something to eat.  I went to the cereal cupboard.  There was no cereal.  I looked in the fruit bowl for a banana.  Nothing.  I looked in the refrigerator for juice.  None.  I even looked in the freezer for ice cream. No ice cream.  We were out of food.  "Hey,"  I said.  "Are you trying to starve me?"

They laughed.  "But we left you laundry to fold, a toilet to unblock, and a dishwasher to fix.  What more could you want?"  (Yes, there were 4 loads of laundry to fold, 2 loads to wash, a clogged toilet, and a busted dishwasher.  Note to self:   I must teach my offspring the fine art of folding laundry!)



As for the trip to Rhode Island (where the conference was), it was quite an adventure.  My flight was cancelled due to inclement weather.  It took me nearly 12 hours to get there, and I spent 3 sitting on an airplane next to an enebriated old man who reeked of alcohol and chatted my ear off about a shooting on the Las Vegas strip and the weather across the nation. I now know that the weather in Kansas is not good.  But I already knew that from a story I read about the Wizard of Oz.

Coming back wasn't so bad.  Except the TSA inspected my baggage and left me a little note.  I wonder how they liked the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos I had stuffed in there along with the books about Egypt and an Arabic dictionary (for my current manuscript research).  I would've liked to have seen the looks on their faces when they saw those!

The conference was awesome, and definitely worth all the trouble getting there.  Now I'm off to Louisville for a dance competition.  See you when I get back!       

26 comments:

  1. Have fun! And hopefully there will be food for you in the house when you return...

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    1. It was great! And yes, there was food when I came home.

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  2. I enjoyed this post, Sherry. I can so relate to the empty fridge and full laundry hamper. :)

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    1. Mamas have to do everything, don't they?

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  3. LOL well at least you know, even at 52 haha, your needed. God knows what the airport people thought.

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    1. Yes, such a comforting thought!

      The airport people probably thought what everybody else in my family thinks - that I'm just a crazy musician!

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  4. So sorry that you had to go through all that on your trip and then come home to no food in the house. I hope the dance competition goes well!
    : )

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  5. I hope you have a better trip this time—and a better seatmate. :)

    We moms have to do everything, don't we? ;)

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    1. No drunk people on the way back. Yay!

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  6. I don't know...you may want to cover that toilet unclogging thing first.
    When Old Faithful wants to blow, it doesn't care that there's a laundry basket full of wrinkled tee shirts.

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    1. Ha! Yes, I unclogged the toilet right away! ;)

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  7. Bring back more adventures, but have fun!

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  8. Gha, weather delays are the worst. Glad you made it and enjoyed the conference!

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    1. I'm grateful that I was able to make it. A lot of my colleagues weren't so fortunate.

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  9. Glad to hear you had a great time at the conference. It reminded me of an airplane ride with a really drunk guy who kept falling face down on the aisle. He could barely stand. You were definitely missed while you were away. Have a fun time at the dance competition.

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    1. Oh gosh, I'm glad the man next to me wasn't that bad!

      Thanks for your nice comment!

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  10. Jeez, you really DO need to get yourself a round tuit.

    Love your stories, and isn't it "nice" to know your kids still need you? When they start doing all those things for you, (someday!) you'll probably have very mixed feelings about it.

    Enjoy your trip.

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    1. Yes, could you tell me where I can get one of those round tuits? ;)

      Kids actually do things for their parents? Really? :)

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  11. things do seem to fall apart when the mom is away. But, it does give you lots of ideas for writing. Good luck in Louisville.

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    1. My kids provide me with a plethora of interesting stories!

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  12. When my daughter came back from up north there was no food. She had to go shopping right away. A family seems to be helpless without a mom. Sorry about the flying part. Flying is a royal pain.

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    1. I can't say I'm a big fan of flying, either!

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  13. Hopefully they'll have food when you come back next time! I'm glad you had fun at the conference. Have a great time in Louisville!

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    1. The cupboards are stocked and fridge is full! :)

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