Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pictures

My mom is always pretty good at getting the house ready for company. Before my family arrived for an extended stay with them she went all out preparing for our arrival. She bought new blankets and sheets, decorated with monkeys and Thomas the train, for Maxfield’s bed. I arranged to have my brother (thanks Jim and Shannon) drop off a Pack N Play for Wyatt, which my mom had set up all nice and cozy. Even the room Lauren and I were staying in was set up as a nice little shrine to me. Our room was adorned with pictures of me, Lauren and the kids as well as old playbills from some of my past theater performances. My mom even had Superman coasters in the room.

I know it must be difficult for my mom, but she remembered to bring out, dust off and display all the past gifts we have given her. Such as pillows and a table runner that Lauren made for her. She made it appear as though those gifts are always on display in her house, although most likely they were tucked away in the family room closet under an old Monopoly game and a Boggle box that is surely missing some letters.

But with all the perfection of the house, which was geared for my family my mom goofed.

You see, as you walk into my parent’s house, through the front door, immediately on the left is a wall of 8 x 10’s of all of her grandkids. There are 22 pictures hanging on that wall from where the front door opens to the start of the hallway. Those pictures, I am sure, are my mom’s pride and joy (those pictures and the one 8 x 10 of her only son-in-law, Tony who has a special spot in the house). But where my mom goofed, was the arrangement of the pictures. Their front door opens into the house to the left. When the door is left open some of those pictures get covered up. Guess whose pictures were behind that door? That’s right. Max and Wyatt.

You would figure, or at least I would, that since we live a thousand miles away that their pictures would be front and center. But they weren’t. They were tucked back behind the door, barely visible by any guests that may be arriving. Once we noticed the pictures, we realized that all the other preparations were just a ruse, to make us feel loved.

I, of course, mentioned the picture arrangement to my mom. The next day she re-arranged the pictures to our liking; the pictures of Max and Wyatt front and center and the Lawnwhisperer’s kids behind the door.

16 comments:

cassie-b said...

What happens when the LawnWhisperer visits?

Effie said...

spoiled brat!

Kami said...

So glad you got that all worked out. When we go to our IL's, our wedding pics and stuff are up in the guest room. CRACKS ME UP.

Teri said...

your mom is WONDERFUL!

and yea, you're a spoiled brat. : )

Circus Kelli said...

LOL -- I wouldn't have said anything. I would have just moved the pictures when she wasn't looking. :)

kalki said...

This is hilarious. And dang, your mom is awesome.

Stacie said...

Your mom is awsome! I still vote for her to get her own blog! Stacie

BlueGoddess said...

Yeah I think your mom definitely needs her own blog. Then we could read all about your childhood and how well she did with it.

You are definitely lucky. My mom doesn't have pics of me and my family up. She has a couple on her computer at work and that is about it. But mostly we visit at my sister's house. And she doesn't put pics up of us either. Definitely nothing front and center. How does your mom do it?

momo9 said...

Thanks Effie and Teri! You're right! William is a spoiled brat! Need I say more? Never thought of him like that before. The evidence is clear. Wait till the next visit!

TBG said...

you are too much. Give your mother a break she let you stay with her for 2 weeks with a 2 year old that broke her stuff!

Anonymous said...

I saw your picture. Your name in lights and letters.

lynilu said...

"Siblingness" never ends!!!! I get that from my grown (physically, at least) kids, too. Your poor mother. You need to be nicer to her. After all, how many hours was she is labor with you?

Sandy said...

that totally sounds like something my own brother would pull...he knows I"m the favorite though..lol...your mom sounds wonderful!

Jewl said...

OH
My God

You are horrible! LOL

Undercover Mutha said...

I'm sure that she had them there at the front door so it's the last thing she saw before she left the house. Surely.

Mainline Mom said...

Your mom rocks. You are totally spoiled.