Friday, November 03, 2006

Changing Her Tune



This is my mom, Laura Gray. I am not sure of her age in the photograph, but I believe that she may have been 17. Laura was an intelligent, giving woman with a slightly wicked sense of humor. Although I cannot remember that she used many swear words, she did indeed have a colorful way of expressing herself. (See the September 16, 2006 entry.) One of example of this colorful expression was her response to bad drivers. Laura must have felt that she had a duty to let wayward drivers know that they should change their ways. Many times she would roll down her window and yell at the driver. “I bet that your mother comes out from under the porch and barks at you.” If the driver was especially inept, Mom would add, “You damn bastard.” I guess this last part was added to let the incompetent traveler know that she was really questioning his parentage in case he missed the first implication. This practice of trying to reform the driving population stopped when my mom overheard her two year old granddaughter singing this little ditty on our patio. The words to the song were simple, “Damp Bastar, Damp Bastar.”

20 Comments:

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Swampwitch said...

That is too funny. Damp Bastard! I loved the story about your mom. Thanks. I needed a smile tonight.

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

Your mom sounds like me--I talk to the drivers, as if they can hear me.And there is plenty to say these days. They are CRAZY.

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger gawilli said...

Very funny! I love to watch children with this type of humor, particularly at that age where it doesn't quite make sense to them...but they are not quite sure why! What a gem.

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

My, Laura was a lovely looking lady :) I have to laugh, my grandad said the funniest things as the "backseat driver" that he was..he never did hold a license.
He would wind down the window of my mum's car and say to a hitch-hiker, "Go buy a bike you bastard!", LOL..I guess bastard was the worst word I ever did hear my pa say you know :)

 
At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Jenny said...

Damp Bastar! Hee!

 
At 4:58 AM, Blogger coffespaz said...

Oh goodness, such a sweet looking lady even. Actually, no room to talk here. I talk, or yell, at drivers too. Learned it from Mom of course!! :-)

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger susan said...

That is so cute!

 
At 7:30 AM, Anonymous John said...

I stopped swearing at other drivers years ago because it became too embarressing to explain what the words meant to my then young daughter in the back seat.
Now I just blow them a kiss and watch them swear. It's much more fun.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger goldennib said...

I wish I could think of clever things to say like that. I usually just call the names.

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Tink said...

Cute story! My friend (who has a six year old) uses clever phrases that sound like the cuss words but aren't:

Cheese-n-rice!
Son of a biscuit eater!

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Frema said...

This entry made me laugh out loud. I wish I'd had the chance to know your mom. It sounds like she was quite the lady. :)

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good thing that you've always refrained from using foul language when truckers cut you off on the highway. Who knows what sort of words I'd be spewing out all the time.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger daddy d said...

The learning skills of those drivers are not that great. They would only think that your are wrong because they never are wrong. I am sure that your mom would agree that they got their licenses at a K-Mart blue light special.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger mjd said...

Okay, I confess to saying a word or two to some drivers, and my words were probably not as reserved as my mother's words. However, I did not roll down my window to share my thoughts with the other drivers.

And my other confession is that I have gestured to other drivers to let them know what I thought of their driving skills.
This practice can have dire results as well. John may have the answer just blow them a kiss.

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Came to visit your place after you came to visit mine. I love this blog.

I did a couple of "remembrances" posts on mine, and wanted to make it a regular series, but haven't yet. I'm going to check back here for inspiration I think....

Thanks!

 
At 11:40 AM, Anonymous susan said...

Nothing like a little one learning to talk to get you to clean up your mouth!

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger Molly said...

Who would think,she looks so demure in this picture,that your mother could holler like that...

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump Baster! Hahaha. I mutter that to myself while drive, sometimes frequently.

Too cute for words.

Marnie

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Sambo V. said...

Your mom is so beautiful Molly!!! ;)

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger graymama said...

Too funny! What a beautifully spicy lady :-)

 

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