Friday, November 4, 2011

A Woman in her Thirties Needs her Mom(s)

I'm not a huge fan of Halloween. I mean, it's okay. But aside from bags full of fun sized Baby Ruths, I don't see a whole lot to look forward to. Maybe a woman in her thirties who was drama club PRESIDENT in high school (sniff sniff) has had enough of costumes.

Despite being a little meh about the holiday, I live in a neighborhood where Halloween is taken very seriously. So seriously that there was a giant pumpkin for my little ladybug to sit on for a photo op (AB was neither impressed nor excited):

So seriously, that the local news was parked a few houses down to get in on the action. Notice Dan in the corner-- he made the 5:00 news:

I was all set to post about this on Tuesday, when I started to feel funny. You knew what I'm talking about. When you wake up and go, 'Ugh, I have a headache', and by 7:00 that night you're puking your guts out and calling your bff giving her way too much information about your symptoms (sorry about that, K).

A woman in her thirties has no time for the flu, but this one had me feeling like I'd been wrung out like a dirty dishtowel. Asking for help is never fun, but considering walking up and down the stairs was making me dizzy and drinking water was making me gag, I knew it was time to assemble the troops. And by troops, I mean my mother-in-law. My oh-my-gosh-I-don't-know-what-I-would-do-without-you mother-in-law.

My original request had been for her to come watch Anna for a couple of hours so I could rest and puke in peace. What she ended up doing was coming over at 10:00am to make homemade chicken soup and song you bing (I might have butchered the pin yin there, but basically they are pancakes fried with green onions. I haven't had them since living in BJ!)

All this while I rested upstairs and talked to my actual Mom, who was beside herself with worry and called every ten minutes to see if I was better.

As with all things, this flu seems to have run its course and today I'm feeling much more like the chipper woman in her thirties I am. But it has gotten me thinking about being a Mom, and how it never ends. How I've got one Mom far away, and one Mom close, and even though I'm an old woman in her thirties now, I need them both and they are always there. And how lucky that makes little old me.


  1. You are very blessed. Glad that flu has passed... :)

  2. I know EXACTLY what you mean. Sometimes a girl (woman in her thirties or not) Needs her Mom.

    I hope Maddie and AB feel the same about us someday.

    ......... And may AB marry a man with a Mother just like Mrs. C. She's the best!

    You. Are. Blessed!

  3. My MIL is the first one I call when I have a case of the pukes. Thank God for Moms!!!

  4. You are so blessed...and absolutely matter how old we are...there are times that no one knows what we need like our mom's do!

  5. Wait. You were drama club president?!?

    Anna's tights and Dan's little face on the TV screen are both so smile-inducing!

    Tsong you bing! Oh my gosh, I haven't had my mom's tsong you bing in YEARS (although I have had lesser versions in restaurants around here). Interestingly, I could literally smell the pre-cooked one when I saw that photo - I know JUST how they smell when they're at that stage.

    So glad you're feeling better!

  6. You are so right. We always need our moms. Glad you are feeling better. Having the flu is awful!

  7. I wish my mom wasn't 3 hours away, because sometimes they are the perfect medicine. Glad you are feeling better.

    I don't think you butchered the pin yin either, at least you attempted... with Henry's Chinese homework, I just throw my hands up in the arm and tell him I have 'no idea!'

  8. I'm glad you are feeling better. Seeing my mom everyday really does makes me feel better whenever I'm sick. No matter what age you are, I think it applies to everybody.

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