Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thanks to the Meanest Mama on the Block

When I was a girl, my mother was the only adult in the neighborhood who jumped rope with the kids in the driveway.  She joined us for Monopoly and Clue on Friday Game Night.  

She created "Adventures in Eating" dinners with unfamiliar dishes from around the world and conversation about where the dishes came from--people, geography and culture.  I didn't love her curry but all these years later I still love new experiences.

We moved every three years, sometimes more often, and Mom made every move an adventure.  We could leave our friends and schools without heartache because the next great place was going to be so much fun. 

Our home was loving but it wasn't loosy-goosy.  Mother wasn't afraid to say no.  And nothing Susie's mother allowed was going to change Mother's mind.  She had a one sentence answer.  "I'm the meanest Mama on the block and don't you forget it." Unarguable logic.

Her example gave her three daughters the backbone to tackle hard things, the courage to reach out to others and the joy of life-long learning.

Thank you Mom. 

Copyright 2009-2012 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. It's a great moment in life when we learn to see our mothers not as the ideal beings we want them to be, but the limited, flawed human beings that we all are. We can stop expecting perfection, and forget about what we didn't get from them and give thanks for what we did. Raising a child is the hardest thing on Earth, and mothers face challenges only they know about. The way they deal with it is a story, but they deal with it. My mom gave me much, but the best was the unconditional love. They deserve to be appreciated and affirmed.

  2. Wonderful post Kathleen. Your mom sounds like the best kind of mom :-)

  3. While I've already decided I love your Mom... I love that I too have told my children that I am willing to be the meanest mom on the block.


  4. Yes dear Kathleen, I too decided long ago that I love your Mom. She has that beautiful smile and twinkle in her eyes and you can just see that she is a positive force in all of your lives and it is great that she keeps learning ... may she stay vibrant and alert for many years to come.
    xoxoxo ♡

  5. I think I used to use a similar phrase with my kids.
    What a beautiful tribute to an obviously very fine mama.

  6. Your vibrant mom looks like she still jumps rope with the kids on the block.

  7. What a lovely salute to your "mean" mom, Kathleen. Sounds like your family was awash in good female energy. x0 N2

  8. Wait a minute! Did we have the same momma? Mine told me the same thing...meanest mom on the the block! lol!


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