Posts tagged “moms”

  1. Here is a story I carry about my mother:  When she was in her early twenties, she worked in the sales office of a garment manufacturer in Kuwait. She was petite, dark haired, feisty, and a Kuwaiti man fell in brief lust or attraction with her, finally giving up  after a week, when he realized she would not be his fourth wife. He gave her a necklace with the letter “L” on a thin

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  2. Laura Passin's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    There is a difference between normal memory and traumatic memory. Trauma sears images and sensations into your brain: they are as vivid a year later as 10 minutes later, involuntary so. But normal memory is reconstructed each time you access it: soon it is not the memory you recall, but the story of the memory, and then the story of the

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  3. My Mother, Who Did Her Best   You picked me up when I was down (on the floor, with a busted knee, after playing slip-n-slide in the hallway while you were screwing with the DVR) You knew what was best for me (especially if I was whiny and we were in the car, driving past a McDonald’s) You supported me in all my endeavors (except for that one v-ball game you…

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  4. What kind of an asshole doesn’t talk to their own mother? Let me try to answer that. This past July, soon after my 31st birthday, I received a letter from the IRS. It instructed me to immediately pay back-taxes I owed on a large cash withdrawal I had made in 2011, or suffer dire, IRS-y penalties. Since I hadn’t made any large cash withdrawals in 2011—or, like, in any year, ever—I was briefly confused. Briefly.

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  5. Previously: I'm leaving New York because of all the wizards. There's nothing in my life I love more than being a mother. I thought I knew what love was (heck, I thought I knew what being tired was) as a single person, but once I had children all my old ideas were totally wiped away. There's a bond between you and your child that's impossible to define or explain. It used to be that I…

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  6. Mary J. Breen's previous work for The Toast can be found here. Most recently: Career Counseling in the 1950s. The lovely hand-made crepe dress in this painting belonged to my mother. It came from the time she always spoke of as Before I Was Married. There was Before I Was Married and After I Was Married. Not that one was better than the other; they were just very different times, worlds apart. My…

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  7. Who are we? We are a world-changing family with the highest commitment to excellence in familyhood. We are two parents and one baby. We think he is the most excellent baby that has ever happened (despite our generally limited knowledge of babies.) Who are you? You think our baby is the most excellent baby that has ever happened, too. You are a nanny, but you’re more than that. You’re an extension of us, the parents.

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  8. Who among us hasn’t fallen prey to the siren song of a group-coupon website? You, in the back, put your hand down, we’re being honest here. For my part, Living Social has introduced me to a few great and several adequate restaurants, a ton of new workout programs, and even a cooking class that my dad and I took together for Father’s Day one year, all of which provided the service I expected, and cost…

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  9. The worst thing about turning 40 wasn’t the birthday itself. It wasn’t the psychological adjustment of no longer being able to refer to myself as “a thirtysomething,” because a) I never did that, and b) I still regularly get carded for beer. It wasn’t even the feeling of not really wanting to celebrate but feeling like I had to celebrate, because milestones. The worst thing was knowing that I wasn’t going to get a phone…

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  10. Taylor Swift's "Twenty-Two" is maybe the blandest song to ever have been generated by a pop-country songwriting machine. For those who aren't familiar, a copy can be found here. (For those who are unfamiliar and at work, it recounts the bland-but-accessible adventures of "ditch[ing] this whole scene" and "dreaming instead of sleeping.") It’s a vanilla milkshake in song form, with a chorus of, "I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22," backed by…

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  11. The end of Paris Fashion Week brings to a close the major shows of the Spring/Summer 2014 season. You know who has a lot of opinions about clothing? My parents! Though neither of them usually gives much thought to what happens on the runway, there is no shortage of critical fashion analysis when I go home to visit, particularly from my mom (see: “You’re not going out in that, are you?” “I don’t think that’s…

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  12. If there’s one bar I’ve always wanted to drink in, it’s the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine, from the first Star Wars. As a child I was fascinated by the curious assortment of aliens who patronized the establishment: the thing that looks like a crocodile wearing a red beret; the bug-eyed instrumentalists; the mousy creature asking the bartender for another drink. Although Mos Eisley is clearly dangerous – Obi Wan Kenobi introduced Luke to it with…

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  13. Simon. Simon. You need to get up. It's almost eleven, for crying out loud. You missed breakfast, by the way. Your sister's already at work. Listen--scoot over, Simon, make room--I remember how upset you were--don't be dramatic, Simon, I'm your mother; it's nothing I haven't seen, scoot over--I remember how upset you were when we told you we couldn't send you to that wizard boarding school. I know it's been hard on you, but we…

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