I think I'm turning into my mother….

Yesterday, KT came in to the room, took one look at me and asked it I was cold. I answered her that I was a bit chilled and wondered why she had asked. She implied that it might have something to do with the fact that I was wearing shoes…something that I do as little as possible. She also pointed out that the heater was on. And that I was wearing a heavy sweater. Oh yes, and the beanie cap snug on my head. I just gave her a dirty look as her baby sister brought me a nice thick blanket. Then I asked her if she knew where we had put the mittens last spring.

I have no idea why I was so cold yesterday. The weather is starting to chill but it was still a nice balmy day. I think it has something to do with my mother. I can remember laughing at her for some of the get-ups she wore because she was cold. Thick woolen socks, ear muffs, a few scarves as a time…I have no idea where she got some of her bits and pieces. We lived in San Diego, not exactly the Artic North. I guess she was just very creative. 

Another of my mother’s quirks was that she would constantly get lost. Mom kept a little notebook in her glove compartment with directions to her favorite shops so she would always know how to get there. She always hestitated to venture out to new places because she hadn’t drawn a map to them yet. It was quite possible that she could be lost in her hometown for an hour or so, just wandering around, trying to find her bearings. As a teen, I always thought this was hysterical…until it started happening to me. I just couldn’t remember how to get to certain places that I had been to oodles of times before. Like last week when Mimi was late to her soccer game because I couldnt’ remember where the field was.  I ended up waiting in a gas station so that one of my friends could come lead me to there. Talk about embarrassing…

It gets worse though. Sometimes I’m talking and completely forget what I was saying…in mid sentence. My family is getting used to it, but you can get some pretty strange looks when it happens with a stranger. My memory just seems o be shot  And yes, this kind of thing happens with my mother as well. In fact, she was recently tested for Alzheimer’s because she couldn’t remember all the things she was filling out on a doctor’s questionnaire. (And how many people remember the name and phone number of their very first work place anyways?) I think I awaited the results just as anxiously as she did. Was she going to be a victim of this horrible disease? (And by blood and similar symptoms, me too?) Fortunately, she had no signs of Alzheimer’s, just a really bad memory and a whacked out system.

There are many delightful traits I got from my parents. I would greatly have preferred to have gotten my father’s sharp memory and keen sense of direction though. Too bad you can’t pick and choose….

And to my wicked child…be careful about laughing at your mother. You never know when it’s going to come back and bite you. Take it from one who knows…

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12 Responses to I think I'm turning into my mother….

  1. mjd says:

    Yeah, first to comment. Now, what was I going to say? Just kidding, but I can identify with some of the traits that you mentioned about your mom. I am directionally challenged and have difficulty getting from point A to point B. I have not been clever enough to keep directions in my glove compartment, but I rely heavily on MapQuest to get me to places (even places that I have been before.)

    I hope that you are having a nice warmday.

  2. Jay says:

    My mother is the opposite when comes to being cold. She is always warm. In the winter time I swear it feels like you could hang meat in her house it’s so cold sometimes. LOL

    My brother in law is the exact opposite. Temps in the 50’s and he turns on the heat in the car. Needless to say it’s always fun to have them in the same place.

    I’m usually hot too though. I find that I’m loving cold weather more and more every year for some reason. Especially after living in San Antonio and moving back up here.

  3. Kell says:

    Elain Boozler once joked that she put her arm through her coat and out came her mother’s hand. I thought that was really funny until it happened to me. Sigh. I guess it happens to all of us.

  4. Freakazojd says:

    Heh heh…this is why parents always tell their kids “Just you wait!” Talk about a universal truth. 😉

  5. Becca says:

    Too cute. The hubster and I always run opposite each other temp wise. It seems to never fail. One of us is broiling and one is freezing. But since it’s just starting to cool down the whimpy factor kicks in. You’re so used to it being hot hot hot that any dip below 70 seems arctic. You’re not alone……………..I think we all go through that adjustment to fall.

  6. Peggy says:

    I’m now looking startlingly like my mother. It is commented on by everybody that sees us together. My husband mentions it but only rarely because he knows I’ll throw something at him. 🙂

  7. Betty says:

    I can get lost in my own town, too. In fact, Jay says he can take me two blocks from home, turn around a time or two, and I won’t be able to find my way back. Unfortunately, he’s not kidding.

  8. Peggy says:

    On the direction front, I have been blessed with what seems to be an internal compass. I have never been too lost. Once I’ve been to a place, I can always find it again. I’m sorry you guys get lost. I don’t understand how it keeps happening to you. My husband seems to have similar problems, he can’t find his way out of parking lots. Embarrassing but true. If I am riding along, I have to point the way out.

  9. And it’s a bad thing to turn into your mom? Nah…..she sounds wonderful and so are you. Probably too busy with important things to worry about exact directions. You just have a busy and full life …that’s a good thing.

  10. kristine says:

    I have called my mother at random points in my life and just said, “Yeah, i’m sorry.”

    she just laughs.

  11. Susan says:

    As a rule, I run hot…my ideal temp is between 66-68 way too cold for most people.

    I don’t mind turning into my mom…Most days I really like her!

    K. I don’t have to say I’m sorry, she’s very familar with her grandkids…the little monsters!

  12. Mom says:

    Talking about me again, it seems that you would get tired of that! Oh you are in for some big, big surprises! Cause there are several things that I haven’t told you about and guess what, I’m sure you will find out about them all by yourself when “they” happen to you!
    So have you started your own “little book of where to’s” yet? you had better get at it! love ya mom and you sure do excaurate on how I dress for the cold! You for the hat that I wear to bed!

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