My husband and I visited my Mom today.  It is always an experience seeing her, she's just different. Not weird, not mean, not anything you can quite articulate, or put your finger on, she's just different. She's so many things, basically an enigma wrapped up in a puzzle, with a dash of constant contrary. Whenever Ace and I leave her we are baffled and exhausted, but we file away many future stories to re-hash at a later date. My Mom's English is suspect, she speaks with a very, very heavy Spanish accent which she doesn't hear. The thing is, my mother was born in the United States, she was here a good long time before her family decided to move out of the country. They were only away for a nominal amount of time before they returned, but she kept a very thick Spanish accent as a souvenir of her travels. It reminds me a lot of Madonna and her now infamous English accent. The only thing is, my mom seemingly really lost her handle of the English language when she was away, so much so that she gets things all wrong.  Today after lunch she announced that she ate like a 'bottomless pig'. I have to admit her interpretation still works, maybe even better than the original version and I think I may just add it to my own vernacular, I think you should too.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my 'after', you can view the 'before' here.

April Meeker (March 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM)  

Love the photo and the post! Love that you are doing this series!

Miss B. (March 12, 2012 at 2:23 AM)  

Thank you sweet April, your encouragement is greatly appreciated:)

Toi –  (March 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM)  

I want this picture in my house. I have one drop of Indian blood in me. I drive Bryce nuts by referring to Indians as "my people". I keep begging him to take me to Oklahoma so I can find Indian treasures. We're so close! It would take no time at all, but he just gives me side eye. Sigh.

Jill Elaine (March 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM)  

I have an interesting set of inlaws. Always a bit stressful going to see them - which happens very seldom anymore.
Did I miss who won the giveaway awhile ago??

Miss B. (March 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM)  

Oh Toi you should visit, I think there are treasures to be found. If we move cross country, I am hoping on our drive out we can discover some great Native American finds!

Hi Jill! So funny you should ask, I JUST put up the post for the winner this a.m. Great minds think alike:)

Karey m. (March 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM)  

Oh! I love this story so damn much! Your phrasing is gorgeous, your word choices perfection. But your thoughts are my fave. I'm reading this again.

Maria-Thérèse ~ (March 17, 2012 at 7:33 AM)  

That is incredibly interesting and bizarre. How long was she away?

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