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12 May 2013 @ 07:23 pm
Happy Mommy's Day!  
Since it’s Mother’s Day, I thought I would tell you a story about me and my mom, from when I was little. My mom is a huge Beatles fan, so like all kids when they start out listening to music, this meant I was a fan as well. So my mom started me out right at an early age. Anyway, we had to take a lot of trips to the big hospital, more than an hour away from my childhood home, to see my various specialists. My mom would play her Beatles tapes all the way there. Now neither one of us is a spectacular singer by a long-shot, but we can fake it well enough, especially when singing along with certain types of voices…like The Beatles. My mom always did pretty well with Paul McCartney. I was better at the harmony, which usually meant George Harrison, which was lucky for me since he was my favorite Beatle anyway.

So there we would be, in the car on this crappy long drive for a doctor’s visit that was going to suck for me, but these car rides always started out with my mom and me, singing along to Paul and George. And whenever John had the lead, Mom and I would trade off who sang which part. I may be biased, but we didn’t sound half bad.

Still to this day, whenever I hear a Beatles song, more often than not, I find myself singing along with all of George Harrison’s harmonies.

In other Mother’s Day news, I may have written my sister a story about her cats. Yes, yes, I did that. Pippin in particular really likes stories. It’s weird, some cats do, some don’t. Kirk could care less but Papa Bear would get all situated in bed whenever I pulled out a book from the children’s shelf of my bookcase because he knew I was going to read to him. I tell Pippin’s stories all the time and he gets so excited that he has to knead everything and put his paw on my face. For Pippin, it has to be done in this over-exaggerated tone of voice and you have to use lots of words he knows; snuggies, din-dins, Mommy, Brother, kissey-kisses (and then follow it with lots of kisses for him). So with that in mind, I may have written something called ‘Brothers in Beddy-Bye Land’ and then read it out loud to my sister and Pippin - (and Kirk, who thought he was sneakily listening from the doorway, but we caught him!). Pippin lost his little mind. Hey, he knows all those words! Those are his words! That’s his name in this story! It may be the most ridiculous thing I have ever done for her for Mother’s Day, but it was well received by all parties, indeed.
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on May 12th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
I pretty much want to read the kitty story now... and I love the memory of you and your mom singing along to the Beatles.
dodger_sister: motherdodger_sister on May 15th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
I definitely think I will have to post the kitty story - it turned out very cute!

Thank you!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on May 15th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I'll keep my eyes open for it.
Shireboundshirebound on May 13th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
What sweet, sweet memories. Thank you for sharing that story about your mom.

I should read out loud to *my* Pippin sometimes and see if she likes it.
dodger_sister: motherdodger_sister on May 15th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
What sweet, sweet memories. Thank you for sharing that story about your mom.

Thank you. Yeah, we wore through those tapes pretty hard tbh. :)

I should read out loud to *my* Pippin sometimes and see if she likes it.

I bet she would! With Papa Bear I think it was just that story time meant 'attention time' but with Pippin it is honestly all about the tone of voice I use - my excited voice! I think I may have to post the kitty story. Some words your Pippin wouldn't necessarily know, like 'Brother', but a lot of it is probably words she would know; Mommy, Pippin, din-dins, snackies.
Shirebound: Pippin flower - annwyn55shirebound on May 15th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I'll try it! My Pippin responds to my 'excited voice' too.
Kate: Weasleys familyceitfianna on May 13th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Reading the story to the cats sounds adorable, I can just see Pippin being cute and listening. Aww, I love that about the Beatles.
dodger_sister: animalsdodger_sister on May 15th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Reading the story to the cats sounds adorable, I can just see Pippin being cute and listening.

You know howover-excited Pippin can get...Imagine someone reading a 1,200 word story that has the name 'Pippin' in every other sentence - I thought he was going to explode from happiness. :)

Aww, I love that about the Beatles.

The Beatles are the great equalizer for all people, even mothers & daughters!

Edited at 2013-05-15 12:39 am (UTC)
lindahoylandlindahoyland on May 13th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
What lovely memories! The Beatles (before they were so famous) crowned our local carnival Queen and asked my father directions to the park where the event was.It ended in a fan girl riot! My Mum used to joke that my father should have asked for autograghs and we could have been rich selling a complete set!
dodger_sister: musicdodger_sister on May 15th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
What lovely memories! The Beatles (before they were so famous) crowned our local carnival Queen and asked my father directions to the park where the event was.It ended in a fan girl riot! My Mum used to joke that my father should have asked for autograghs and we could have been rich selling a complete set!

Dude, totally jealous of your dad. How cool to be able to be like, "Oh yeah, my dad gave the Beatles directions once." lol Definitely could get rich selling a complete set of autographs, especially ones from before they were crazy famous.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 14th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
I would give anything to see you read a story to the cats.

I have family in Liverpool and during one visit one of my (distant) cousins told me a story about seeing Harold Harrison shortly after his son was born and asking him what he had named the boy. She remembered it because he told her "George" and she had always really disliked that name. Hopefully, she didn't tell him that.

My mom's obsession was Elvis Presley.



dodger_sister: motherdodger_sister on May 15th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
I would give anything to see you read a story to the cats.

Kirk acts like he isn't interested but I always catch him listening! And Pippin will climb all over you in his excitement!

cousins told me a story about seeing Harold Harrison shortly after his son was born and asking him what he had named the boy. She remembered it because he told her "George" and she had always really disliked that name. Hopefully, she didn't tell him that.

LOL I bet she always remembered that too, once George became famous and she was hearing his name everywhere!

My mom's obsession was Elvis Presley.

My mom never really got into Elvis for some reason. The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Buddy Holly, but never really Elvis. So then....you grew up listening to Elvis a lot? Did you like him? I always find it interesting how when we are younger we so strongly emulate the things our parents like and which of those things stick with us into adulthood.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 15th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of Elvis's music and I think the man was a little crazy. During the three years I lived in Memphis I got a taste of the nation-wide obsession with Elvis, especially during "Dead Elvis Week" (http://www.elvis.com/elvisweek/). I went to one of the Elvis impersonator contests and the winner was this Korean guy who was just amazing. And one year, when friends visited, we went to Graceland and I have to admit I cried at the family graves, while listening to Priscilla's commentary on the audio tour.
dodger_sister: bandsdodger_sister on May 21st, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of Elvis's music and I think the man was a little crazy.

I fully think Elvis had some emotional/mental disorders, but one could argue that the greats always do. I personally don't think his music was overly awesome, but it was entertaining and I can def see how it was very revolutionary at its time and opened teenagers up to an 'outside the box' mentality - (he also really brought out the fangirl in those teeny-boppers). I think there was better rock'n'roll from others during Elvis' era but I recognize that he paved the way for, what I would call 'dance-rock' and we probably wouldn't have Lady Gaga etc without him.

especially during "Dead Elvis Week"

ahahaha See that might be fun for like lulz reasons, you know. But only the one time!