“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.
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
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.
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