Bug Up Your A**?

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” ~ Jill Churchill

There ARE a million ways to be a good mom. I was a very fortunate kid to have a mom who was not only caring — yeah, she was quirky and a little neurotic (in her own fun way) — but my Ma was also a best friend, never at a loss for making me laugh with her amusing comments. Her dramatic antics from back in the day (which used to piss me off then) are now playful stories which always bring a smile to my face.

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Mom and I cracked up many times reading these posts featuring her theatrics (like: Turn The Car Around Dominic) and I still have many more entertaining stories to share. I’ve written about her witty way with words several times: Dissin’ & Dishin’ with Mom, My Clever Mom and This Little Piggy, which display her spirited sense of humor.

If you’ve read CRUSH CRAZY, you know comedy and laughter were MUSTS in our home (what can I say, Jerry Lewis was my first crush).

Italian Lesson = bug = insetto
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If one of us in the Romano house had a ‘tude, Mom would ask “Do you have a bug up your ass?” Sometimes, it was more of an order like, “get that bug out of your ass!”. We got the message.

A few weeks ago I said “get the bug out of your ass” to my husband, and it really wasn’t appreciated. I guess for me, it’s just another one of Ma’s sayings I still appreciate. Growing up in a loud Italian family, you could be yelling at the top of your lungs one minute (or asking about that bug) and then you’d be perfectly fine the next. I really think the Italians were blessed with “dog memory” when it comes to family arguments. We tend to let things roll off our backs, especially when it comes to LOUD talking in each other’s face.

“Get the bug out of your ass” is still one of my personal faves. So honey, if you’re reading this, if (and when) I say it to you again, I speak it with fondness and amore.

The next time you’re feeling a bit grouchy, just tell yourself to GET THE BUG OUT! Then smile, knowing it originated from a happy place.

Have you ever heard this expression, or said it to someone yourself? Please share HERE

5 Responses to “Bug Up Your A**?”

  1. barbara says:

    Love that expression and someone in my house right now should heed it. Just sayin’.

  2. "Me" says:

    @ barbara:
    Always love your honesty Barb! :)
    Is that bug out yet?
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  3. Irene says:

    Yes, of course, do you have a bug up your ass was a big one. My mother used to say that men have that lovely time of the month also, just do not menstruate! She said that whenever my brother had a bug up his ass. She would make faces behind his back! Then when he walked away she would say “he has his period!” It is so great that we have these wonderful memories of our Moms. You and I were lucky to have unselfish Moms, who happened to be our best friends when we became adults. I would not trade that for anything. Another version of that saying that I often hear is “pull the stick out of your ass.” That one I have to credit the comedian Lewis Black with. He is a nutty-nut! Well, everyone remove your bugs, and/or sticks, take your Midol, and have a great week!

  4. "Me" says:

    @ Irene:
    Wow – the stick leaves me with quite the visual! haha
    So glad we can share these memories of our funny moms!
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  5. Style Maniac says:

    I have this quirky series of books on how to curse in French. Maybe you should write the Italian version! Swearing really does sound so much prettier in a romance language.
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