Apr 28, 2010

Switching shorts

When I was in grade 8 there wasn’t too much difference in the fashion that there is now. Really short cut-off jeans were the thing to wear in the summer... and my mother was having NONE of it. It had taken me so long to get the fraying just right on them too. I guess I had put up enough fuss about it that she had become suspicious of me when I quickly left for school (wearing my lame just-above-the-knee-length shorts). Of course, I had taken the cut-off jeans with me, with the intent that I would change into them when I got to school... which I did.

It was second period and there was a knock at the classroom door. It was my mother. “Sorry to bother your class. Can I speak with my daughter? I have a change of clothes for her.”

Are you fucking kidding me? I was totally embarrassed! My close friends knew why she had come and they were giving me some pity smirks, but the rest of the class didn’t think anything of it. My mom was a frequent volunteer and familiar face at school, so it didn’t seem weird to most. I didn’t care. I was so angry with her; I couldn’t believe she did that to me...in front of everyone!

I followed her out into the hall. My face was on fire and I wanted to punch a locker, or anything that would make a lot of noise...something to release the rage that I had boiling in my stomach. She shoved the more “appropriate” clothes in my arms and only said one thing to me before she walked away: “Do you think I’m stupid?”


  1. I would have reacted like you a s a kid...now that I'm a mother I'm in awe of her. Talk about the courage of your convictions! XXX
    (Great to get here via Jen's gems)

  2. Your mom was frickin' awesome!!! I'll be smiling all day long now. Great story. By the way, I found this through Blog Gems.

  3. How did they always know? I'm a mom now and I still don't know all of her tricks but she always knew. Sounds like something mine woulda done, too. And I think I've heard her say that exact same one-liner about a thousand times. One of those statements that I'm sure I'll make in the next decade or two and then think, "Woah. I've turned into my mother." =)

    Stopping by from Blog Gems!

  4. My most embarrasing school moment was when my Dad turned up to a Father Son Sex Education evening and asked a heap of stupid questions. All my mates though he was cool - I cringed.

    I'm here from Blog Gems :)

  5. Oooh, I would have reacted the same and the teenager in me is roaring at the unfairness of it all on your behalf. However, the mother in me takes my hat off to your Mum!! I want to be like her when I grow up :) Thanks for joining in Blog Gems. Jen


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