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“M” is for – – – ?

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Are you ready yet for Mother's Day? With Mother's Day coming up in less than two weeks, I thought I'd do a post about moms that might serve as a reminder to some readers to get that card, gift, or whatever you plan to give your mom. I'm posting three short pieces on the theme of moms.

"M" is for - - -?

Miss Jones had been giving her students in second grade a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron. Afterwards it was review time and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?"

A little boy on the front row said, "You're a mom!"


Here's a little different twist on the "M" is for mom theme:

A little boy walked up to the librarian to check out a book called Comprehensive Guide for Mothers.

When the librarian asked him if it was for his mom, he answered, "No, it's for me!"

"Why would you be checking this book out? You're a little boy."

"Because," said the boy, beaming from ear to ear, "I just became a moth collector last month!"


It's interesting to see the evolution that mothers undergo through the course of their children's lives.

4 years of age: My mommy can do anything!

8 years of age: My mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 years of age: My mother doesn't really know quite everything.

14 years of age: Naturally, Mom doesn't know that either.

16 years of age: Mom? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 years of age: That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 years of age: Well, Mom might know a little bit about it.

35 years of age: Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 years of age: I wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 years of age: I wish I could talk it over again with Mom....

Do you have any comments you'd like to share on moms or Mother's Day?


(edited 29 April 2009):
When I had to blow away my blog because it had been hacked into, I lost some of the pictures that I hadn't saved on my computer. There were two in particular that I could not replace in the post nice bathroom humor - the sign in a restroom in the Philippines and the sign in the upscale restroom. Thanks to several readers, those images are now restored.


"There's no reason to boast in your human pedigree." - Dr. Drew Conley

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As I thought about how mothers feed their babies with little tiny spoons and forks, I wondered what Chinese mothers use. Toothpicks?

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6 Comments on ““M” is for – – – ?”

  1. #1 David McGuire
    on Apr 27th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Your observations of how our attitudes go through a chronological metamorphosis during our lifetime is quite telling. One of the critical times occurs between September and December of one’s freshman year in college. We go from an attitude that our mom and dad don’t know anything to an understanding that they at least have a clue. Indeed, by the time we graduate from college, we come to the understanding that our parents are quite grown up after all.

    And when we reach that stage, our parents just smile . . .

  2. #2 Rob
    on Apr 28th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    @David – I’ve made those observations as a teacher before I had teenaged kids myself, as a parent of teens and twenty-somethings, and then again as a teacher of late-teens and early twenty-somethings. What’s kind of odd is that I don’t have many clear recollections of my attitudes as a late-teen and/or twenty-something myself, partially because of the kind of home I grew up in. Without going into a lot of detail, I had to shift to a parental figure in my relationship with my parents at that age already. I could not have gone to my parents for advice. Period. I’m glad that my children have not had to go through the same.

  3. #3 Michael
    on Apr 28th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Sorry to hear about your blog being hacked into. I’m sure that’s very frustrating for you.

    My wife and I have been reminded about our moms and their importance to us in recent days. Over the last couple of weeks Abbie and I have each had to be out of commission for about three days each with very bad illnesses. Each time both her mom and my mom called almost each day to check and see how we were doing. My mom lives here in town but my wife’s mom lives across the country, yet they both were concerned about how their kids were doing. It’s nice to know that they still care and are concerned.

  4. #4 Rob
    on Apr 29th, 2009 at 6:51 am

    @Michael – Thanks for your kind thoughts concerning recent events at ivman.com. I’ll be glad to be finally on the other side of this as I’m still trying to locate as many of the images as possible.

    That’s great that your moms are so plugged in to what’s happening in your lives. Not everyone has that, but those of us who do know how much it means.

  5. #5 Tammy
    on Apr 29th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    65 years of age: “I wish I could talk it over again with Mom…” Since I lost my mom when I was, I would say, age 10, at every age since then, I wish I could talk to my mom.

    Right now I am the old fashioned one in the house! They get mad when I ask them to repeat things. I also don’t know poetry because I guess I am not supposed to know it anyway.

  6. #6 Rob
    on Apr 29th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    @Tammy – I’ll bet you have missed your mom a lot. You had to become “mom” at a young age. I guess that gives you all the more experience, huh? 🙂 I’m glad your kids still have you, and I hope they appreciate you as they ought. I appreciate my mom and call upon her to remember things from way back, even though I’ve pretty much been the parental figure in our relationship for years now. Some of us have had our moms all along without having one we can turn to for advice, so our experience is similar to yours, just different in some ways. I am thankful for the wonderful mom my children have and for the wonderful mom our daughter Megan is already!