iMOM has a tool called the Meanest Mom pledge. It is basically a tongue in cheek way of saying ” I do all these ‘mean’ things because I love you. Get over it”
Well my mom could have been the inspiration for this pledge.
When I was about four, I went to a birthday party that gave away kazoos as a parting gift. As you can imagine I loved my new musical instrument and played it ALL DAY..for the next two days.
(this part is my mom’s version)
I played it all day and she was at her wits end and said, “Please stop playing that” . Five minutes later I was kazooing away! She said again, ” Please stop playing that”. Five minutes later, I started again..
About to lose her mind, she said, ” IF YOU PLAY THAT KAZOO ONE MORE TIME I AM GOING TO THROW IT IN THE FIRE PLACE!”
I am four years old! I have the attention span of a fruit fly! This is the part I start remembering.
I start to play the kazoo.
My mother was as quick as lighting – she snapped that kazoo out of my mouth and threw it into the fireplace.
I remember standing there in shock and the tears began to well up. I turned to run away and cry somewhere, but…
MY MOTHER MADE ME STAND THERE AND WATCH IT BURN!
I could have gotten a kazoo scholarship. Maybe I wanted to go to Clown School and this could have been my leg up. ..Ruined. RUINED MOTHER!
That was 21 years ago, and to this day when I doubt my mother will act on a threat, she always reminds me of the kazoo.
She always said what she meant and meant what she said.
Belly Question: How did your mother scar you?