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Washing and Waxing Mother
I remember Mama MB had this attitude a lot in her days, lol. Must be a mom thing. They start getting older and just don't want to do anything.
By: Hey Monkey Butt on May 9, 2014
At that age, finding something that is entertaining is gold, so hit that car wash and the Jiffy Lube on Sunday!
By: Shelly on May 9, 2014
oh my gosh- when I get to your Mom's age I will not be sayin' I'll take a rain check- I'll be happy and raring to go! Your Mom might be depresed about getting old....and not able to do all she used to? Maybe you could take her drink and dinner to her?
By: Kathe W. on May 9, 2014
what a surprise for her! the simplest thing pleased her. bless you for hanging on...
By: TexWisGirl on May 9, 2014
Oh you and your Mom stories make me giggle and shake my head. I know she knows that the rain checks won't get her a better place in the hereafter. Poor thing she is like so many other "olde folks" they just limit themselves to such a small life. It's great that you keep trying.
By: Oma Linda on May 9, 2014
Your stories about your Mom are such a hoot. I hope that she.. and Mrs. C have a wonderful Mother's Day this year.
By: Hilary on May 9, 2014
I think at 89 the world is too scary and some people just shrink into what they know. I'm betting your mom appreciates the invites even if she does not want to venture out...but then you know that. Funny that when forced to go through the wash she enjoyed it.
By: Cranky Old Man on May 9, 2014
At least you still have her. Maybe you could bring take out to her place for lunch?
By: Eva Gallant on May 9, 2014
Jiffy Lube? Now that made me snort! You need to take her to that place where they make a huge performance out of pouring the coffee!
By: Pixel Peeper on May 9, 2014
That's hysterical! I love how you piqued her interest that way. Jiffy Lube sounds like a good idea, or a "clapper" for her lights...
By: Lexa Cain on May 9, 2014
Heh, heh. I LOVE the "Maybe I'll eat half a peach" quote. My mom is always up for an outing. She will be 80 at the end of the month.
By: Val on May 9, 2014
You are a patient and dear sweet son. Bless you!!
By: Tabor on May 9, 2014
Your poor mother, and poor you. She is determined not to be happy, and you have to watch her do that to herself.
By: mimi on May 9, 2014
This is hilarious---especially the peach comment and you taking her to Jiffy Lube. Hopefully she'll have a good Mother's day with her son. :)
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on May 9, 2014
You are a good son! I wouldn't worry too much about her reluctance to go out...just don't stop asking. I;m sure she feels your love, and truly...that's all that matters.
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on May 9, 2014
It' a sad situation for all involved. So the moral of the story for us is to keep fully involved in life.
By: red on May 9, 2014
God bless you. You don't give up, as I would have long ago. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on May 9, 2014
I think your mom may not be enjoying life, especially the growing old part. Try to see it from her point of view., and it might make her feel more understood and then more pleasant to be with. After all, if what you're doing isn't working, keeping on doing it isn't going to change things. Just two cents' worth from someone who is going through the same thing.
By: jenny_o on May 9, 2014
Think Cranky may have hit on it. Just keep thinking out side the box. Hope you find just the right thing.
By: Akansas Patti on May 10, 2014
Do they have drive through beer barns there? Just tryin' to help. ;)
By: Scott Park on May 10, 2014
Cute. I like going thru the car wash too. It's very entertaining!
By: Tom Sightings on May 10, 2014
I was chuckling and then laughing out loud as I read this post. Your mom is a spitfire. You could always adopt me and I would love to go through the car wash.
By: CiCi on May 11, 2014
Oh, man. She does a great job of trying your patience. Good for you, not giving up. All you can do is keep on trying!
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on May 11, 2014
i'm glad your mum enjoyed the car wash. i love stories about your mum.
By: Fran on May 11, 2014
I think it's a mom thing. My mom doesn't ever want us to do anything but if we don't she gets a little hurt. :) New follower. Came over from Cranky's
By: Melynda Fleury on May 11, 2014
A great tale and so funny. I can feel me shaking my head with disbelieve and laughter at the same time. Such is life......
By: John on May 12, 2014
My mother is exactly the same, Stephen; 83 years old and point-blank refuses to leave her house (except for the necessities i.e. local food shop; doctor's surgery and visits to the hearing-aid clinic). Strange the effect of advancing years - it makes me even more determined to live for today!
By: Bryan Jones on May 12, 2014
That's a shame really but it sounds like her mind is made up and that is how she wants to live out her life. My grandmother lived in her own home until she turned 100. She became more reclusive as time went on but could be coaxed out of her house to go to any restaurant offering fried fish. People sometimes get set in there ways I guess.
By: Cheryl P. on May 13, 2014
Argh! The car wash story is darkly funny. There are times (in your stories) when my mother actually seems to me to be a saint. Thank you for that.
By: Mitchell is Moving on May 14, 2014
It is sad, but not at all uncommon. Some seniors feel more secure in staying in or close to home. Having said that, don't give up trying. Just don't punish yourself.
By: Daniel LaFrance on May 14, 2014
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