It's easy to forgot how much your mom drives you crazy. When I was in Argentina, she was really looking good from several thousand miles away. Now that I'm back I'm close enough to remember all the things I'd forgotten because of nostalgia or Malbec clouding my better judgement.
Here's one example that drives me nuts, her intensity. I know this is a quality that I've already started to cultivate myself, but I'm still going to complain about it. Everyone always says you can only hate something you recognize in yourself. Nope, that wasn't everyone, that was some random quote I read years ago. Anyway, her intensity, HER INTENSITY drives me nuts. Which means one of these days my daughter or son or cat who somehow learns to speak will be complaining to their friends about MY intensity. <3 Genetics!! <3
For example -
My mother always wants you to know that no matter what she is talking about, she MEANS THE FUCK OUT OF IT. If she says she loves you, you're going to physically feel that love shooting lasers into your eyeballs and sweating out of your pores. And it's probably going to be painful. Not unlike what Jeff Goldblum went through when he turned into The Fly -
Oops, that is not Jeff Goldblum turning into a fly. That is a picture of naked Jeff Goldblum in The Fly. You get the idea, though.
Below are a few things I've heard my mom actually say. Under that I've written what it sounds like she's saying judging by the intensity of her tone. I've provided this picture of an angry Sally Field for assistance to accurately visualize her.
Woopsie daisy, that's a Mrs. Doubtfire poster. Here you go...
My mom: I'm going to keep my Christmas tree up as long as I want.
Which sounded like: Christmas will disappear with the smashing of my fist into this wall.
My mom: I'm going to get gas tonight so I don't have to worry about it when we're on the road tomorrow.
Which sounded like: I'm going to hire a detective to help me find my kidnapped son in Mexico.
My mom: Jenna, be careful. Your cat, Pearl, likes to lick toothbrushes since she's been staying with me. So put a cover on yours.
Which sounded like: Jenna, be careful. I've placed tiny land mines strategically in the carpet throughout the house so walk softly.
My mom: Jenna....GASP....that purple shirt looks BREATHTAKING on you.
Which sounded like: Jenna...GASP.....the liquid magma is coming in under the front door.