Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Remembering Mom with Laughter

Happy Hump Day

I was having a little trouble coming up with the usual hump day funnies this morning. You see, it was seven years ago today that the greatest mom in the world left us, and left a hole in my life than will never be filled.

But then I thought about how much Mom loved to laugh. So I decided to share a couple of her favorites with you.

When my boys were going through the jokes and riddles stage, they loved visiting their grandmother. She always laughed and not just to be polite, she really enjoyed their little funnies.  These were a couple of her favorites.

Man in restaurant: "Waiter, what is that fly doing in my soup?"
Waiter: "The backstroke, I think, sir."

Why did the elephant sit on the marshmallow?
He didn't want to fall into the hot chocolate.

This last joke is a little long but I still remember the first time I told it to her. She laughed so hard, she cried.

A man from New England goes to Texas for a business meeting. It’s his first time in the Lone Star State.  He steps off the plane and is blown away be the size of the airport terminal.

“Wow,” he murmurs, “it’s so big.”

A passerby answers, “Everything’s big in Texas, sonny.”

The man catches a cab to his hotel and, again, he’s awed by the size of the lobby.

“My Lord, this lobby is huge.”

The desk clerk answers, “Everything’s big in Texas.”

The scene repeats when he reaches his room and this time it’s the porter who tells him, “Everything is big in Texas, sir.”

The man puts his things away and decides to have a drink in the bar before dinner. The hotel bar is, of course, huge.  The man orders a martini but it’s served in a glass he could almost bathe in. “That’s can’t be a martini. It’s too big.”

And the bartender replies, “Everything’s big in Texas.”

Well, not to appear chickenhearted, the man drinks the over-sized drink and immediately feels the effects. He asked the bartender for directions to the men’s room.

“Down that hall, last door on the left.”

The man staggers down the hall but he’s pretty fuzzy at this point and goes through the last door on the right…which leads to the outside courtyard.  He closes his eyes against the bright light, takes a few steps and falls into the hotel swimming pool.

And comes up yelling…

“Don’t flush it! Don’t flush it.!”

I can hear her laughing, even now.

I'm also doing something a little different for your "aw" picture this week. This may not be an aw for you but it is for me. This picture was taken about a month before Mom died. My brother was in town for a visit. Mom's Alzheimer's was pretty advanced by then and she didn't participate much in conversations but she definitely knew whose finger she was holding on to and that was enough to make her happy.  Look at her smile.

 If you're fortunate enough to still have your mom, give her a call today and tell her you love her.

Happy Hump Day.

Quotes for the Day:

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. -Tenneva Jordan

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. -Mark Twain

The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her. - Unknown

A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go. - Unknown


Linda G. said...

This whole post is an aw. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I am so near tears. My mom was so much like your mom. And even though she had Alzheimer's, she laughed until the end. Love the pie quote--it's so Mom. Thanks for sharing and making me laugh and cry this hump day.

Julie Flanders said...

What a touching post. Your mom was obviously a very special lady and I absolutely love the picture of her laughing. I lost my dad last year and that loss has made me cherish every moment I have with my mom even more.

Sending hugs and good wishes your way. Take care.

Maria Zannini said...

What a lovely tribute. You captured her beautifully.

Vanessa Morgan said...

That's really sweet :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sorry! But what a wonderful way to remember your mother.

Julie Dao said...

What a terrific way to remember your mom! She must have been a great lady who loved to laugh. Sending a hug your way today.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm so happy for you that you got to spend so many wonderful years with your mother. And that you got to know each other as women as well as mother and child. My mom died when I was barely out of my teens. I still miss her.

Jemi Fraser said...

Alzheimer's is so bloody hard. I bet your mom would have laughed again at those jokes - I've never heard the Texas one before :)

My dad's been gone for a while now, but I'm lucky to still have my mom. Off to call her...

DL Hammons said...

I lost my mom several years ago as well, and your post gave me a happy ache! Loved it!

LD Masterson said...

Linda G. - Thanks. I guess it sort of was.

Linda J. - Hold on to the happy memories of your mom.

Julie F. - I'm sorry about your Dad. I'm very lucky, mine is still with me.

Maria - Thanks. It's the way I like to remember her.

Vanessa - Thank you.

Alex - Thanks. I know it's how she'd want to be remembered.

Julie D. - Yup, she was and she did. Thanks for the hug.

Carol - I so sorry you lost your mom so young. Mom got to know five of her great-grandchildren before she passed. The oldest will remember her.

Jemi - Bloody hard is a good description. I'm sorry you've lost your dad. Treasure the time you have with your mom.

DL - Lost but not lost. I know your mom lives in your heart as mine lives in mine.

Mason Canyon said...

What a moving tribute to your Mom and such beautiful photos. Sending you hugs.

Thoughts in Progress

Mike Keyton said...

That is a lovely photo, Linda. And I know that joke - only our version is a Welshman goes to Texas. It's a small world. (Texas excepted.)

Liz Fichera said...

Hugs. Hugs. Hugs.

LD Masterson said...

Mason - Thank you. I never turn down a hug. :-)

Mike - I love that you know that joke. I got it from my dad originally and he's a Brit so maybe there's a connection.

Liz - Aw, thank you.