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  • When our family gathers for special occasions the old stories get brought out, unfolded, dusted & spread out for us all to view.

    How mom accidentally left Henry at a filling station.

    The time mom accidentally left Mikey and his friend waiting after school for six hours while a tornado passed through. (I don't know why he was so upset, he was with his pal.)

    Back when mom put Henry out of the car with only a dime to 'catch the bus' when he caused too much fussing in the back of the family car. (she barely drove very far before backing up.)

    That mom told Mikey she found him as a baby in a cabbage patch. (He made this up.)

    How mom convinced Mary she would be able fly if she ran downhill fast enough while flapping her arms. (It was good exercise and she loved it.)

    The stories that seem to annoy are the ones about things done as the adult children were older like:

    Mike convincing mom the letter from the State Police in Ohio was a thank you for his stopping to help someone.

    Or when Ricky told mom the teacher in his German class couldn't see him because he was seated behind a post & that's why she reported him as not attending class.

    And the time Henry, home from college, dated a girl he'd met on-line, who turned out to be only 13 years old.

    Mary's amazing trip from New Jersey to Baltimore with an overnight on the floor of a fraternity, a ride on a school bus into a prison yard to pick up visitors going home.

    Anne's adventure when the wheel came off her car as she drove down the highway & her main thought was that she wasn't wearing any panties & mom always said to wear clean undies in case she needed to go to the hospital.

    Mom gets a kick out of relating these stories until someone brings up the awful stories about her... which will not be spelled out here. Humph. One has one's dignity after all.
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