Monday, June 09, 2008

Fun Monday Memories - A Little Late!

Once again, I'm a bad Tigger/Blogger. I just can't seem to get on this computer, and then when I do? It's all about WORK! Plus, I'm getting ready for a trip, so my life is in overdrive. Molly was kind enough to host this week's Fun Monday, and she wanted to know about our fondest childhood memories.

I wish I could narrow it down to just one thing, but I can tell you that my relationship with my mother was very special. We have the same sick sense of humor - which was bad enough when I was growing up that my father had to relocate to the living room during dinnertime. We would get a fit of giggles and start talking about gross stuff at the dinner table, driving my father away.I also have fond memories of "Ugly Shopping," where we would try to find the most hideous piece of clothing (VERY easy during the '80s) during a shopping excursion. Then we would laugh hysterically as other shoppers would ooh and aah over the same monstrosity. I also remember learning to drive with my mom in the car. In particular, there was an incident during a Houston rainstorm where I was behind the wheel, and Mom was my passenger. I couldn't see a thing with the rain pounding down so heavily, so I took my hands off the steering wheel and closed my eyes. My mother screamed at me until I regained my senses - probably fearing for her life! How she survived raising me, I'll never know!

I grew up in a stable home, which is so rare nowadays...and for that, I'm SO grateful. I look around at my daughter's friends who struggle with the challenges brought on by divorce, remarriage, and so many other problems - and I realize just how blessed she and I are to have grown up in this way.

Now go check out all the childhood memories - and happy Fun Monday! OH...and I WILL be commenting back to all of you soon - by tomorrow, at the latest. Thanks for your patience!

22 comments:

Sandy said...

What a terrific tribute to your parents (especially your mom!) and what a great picture.

Beckie said...

I love that picture! It sounds like you two had a lot of fun together.

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear tiggerlane. Cute photo! I can't believe the driving incident - you just shut your eyes? What were you thinking?! I would have feared for my life too!

M@ said...

2 cute

ellen b said...

What great memories. It is so great to laugh together and have fun. You have been blessed. Enjoy...

melissa said...

That was the sweetest thing, Tiff! :)

Molly said...

Indeed, you and your daughter are blessed to have grown up in stable homes. Your game of Ugly Clothing sounds like great fun. I used to play a similar version with my oldest son, an 80's child too. As walking through the mall, I would tell my son that I might show up at his school in the Ugly Outfit. (Your version might have been kinder and gentler.)

ChrisB said...

It sounds like you had so much fun with your mum when you were growing up. Something I missed out on as my mother was always too tired after working so hard 7 days a week running a shop that was open long hours.

Grand Life said...

Loved your comments. It's great that you had a great relationship with your mom. Mine was a little less so but I think she tried. I find it comforting that I can care for her now that she is 85.
Hope you have a great week.
Judy

daddy d said...

Having a mom that cared and work to show that care is a joy of the good life. A solid family provides a solid base to grow up on into adulthood.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee, the ugly game sound hilarious. I love that you and your mum had such a brilliant relationship. And you're both gorgeous. :D

Alison said...

great memories...I also felt blessed growing up in a stable home and I am so glad we are giving our children the same gift!!

IamwhoIam said...

My sister, niece, and I play the ugly game with a twist we dare or brib each other to try the stuff on. Nothing says sylish as strapless evening dress with bra and sneakers. LOL.

Desert Songbird said...

I love this photo of you and your mom. You were so blessed to have had a fun and stable upbringing.

Pamela said...

oh Tiffany -- I'm sure I was one of those people wearing that hideous stuff.. .bwaa ha ha.

I want to come talk icky stuff with you at dinner. I and the girls are experts at that, too!

Kila said...

I love that photo, great to see it again.

What a blessing your mom was/is!

karisma said...

LOL! Just imagining that 80's shopping! Ahhhh the memories! So did you guys have those black and white rap pants over there? And Kung Fu shoes? Ahhhh the memories!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

You took your hands off the wheel and closed your eyes!!??

OMG!! *falls off chair laughing*

Cazzie!!! said...

What great memories, I am so glad you can pass the same feelings on to your children too. Lovely image too btw.

nikki said...

Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing your mom!

C said...

Sometimes getting divorced is the only way to get rid of the unstable part though. My parents stayed married and made us nuts with all their fighting.

Tiggerlane said...

sandy - thanks! And it was good to see her last week...

beckie - it's one of my favorite photos of all time - I blew it up and gave her a big framed copy for Mother's Day one year.

little miss moi - maybe hoping that God would take the wheel? I dunno - but it was DUMB!

m@ - 2 cute 4 u!

ellen b - memories of those times are VERY precious!

melissa - even tho I can be snarky, I do have some touchy-feely moments.

molly - LOL! That sounds like fun, too! I wonder - did you actually ever show up like that?

chrisb - I hope that my daughter doesn't feel slighted b/c I work so much---it's hard work being a good mom AND having a job...

grand life/Judy - that is such a wonderful, noble thing that you are doing...and I'm sure that it makes you closer.

daddy d - and I think that's the greatest gift I can give my little girl.

jo beaufoix - funny, you'd think we were related!

alison - I am, too - it's rare these days!

iamwhoiam - LOVE IT! OMG...we SO need to go shopping together!

desert songbird - thanks, and I can only imagine how twisted I would have turned out if not for that upbringing!

pamela - you have an official dinner invitation! And a porch invitation as well!

kila - she was just as fun last week, too!

karisma - OMG, YES...not to mention the plastic jewelry and HUGE belts!

aoj & the lurchers - Yup - and who knows what MY kid will do!

cazzie!!! - thanks so much - and thanks for stopping by!

nikki - thank you, and you're welcome!

c - I totally agree - and I feel like some parents who "stick together for the kids" do them an injust, b/c all they get to witness is a dysfunctional marriage.