Shinazy is a mom; here’s her story
Any utterance of the word ‘mom’ has influence. We are vested with authority by the simple fact that we are your mother. This clout defies the Laws Of Physics. Mom Power is forever and independent of the size of the person. And, for some of us there will be an event confirming this state of being.
When my children lived at home I only jogged after work. As with anything we repeatedly do, it came and went without notice until the day I got out of my car and watched a boulder of a young man drop back to catch a football. He unsuccessfully tried to regain his balance and flattened my fence.
When his friends stopped wrestling to take away the ball, I was spotted. On each face I saw the panic of, “I’ve been caught; I’d better run.” And off they went, bulldozing down the street. And off I went, pursuing them.
My shouts of ‘stop’ made them run fast. Well, I had just finished a track workout, so I ran faster. Cars stopped and drivers hollered, “Do you need help? Should I call the police?”
“No, I’m fine”, as I closed the gap, gaining on the boys.
I’m a long distance runner, I was going to chase them until I caught them. When this happened, they crumpled gasping for air, terror still reflected in their eyes. Using my Mom Voice I explained I only wanted them to return to pickup the shattered pieces of wood.
At the start of the cleanup, the leader-of-the-pack asked what else they could do. My 80-year old neighbor needed her hedge removed, so he divided the group, each one taking a position on either side of our property line.
Standing vigil I marveled at their machine like teamwork; they communicated with various nods and glances. Occasionally a boy would look at me and I would give the Approving Mom smile. One boy wanted to leave and he received the Disapproving Mom glare.
It was then my high-school age son arrived home. He greeted me with darting eyes: me, the boys, me, the other boys. After a long pause he found his voice and inquired,
“Mom, Why’s the varsity football team in our front yard?”
Immediately I could see it – the line of scrimmage, the Offense, the Defense, and Mom Power … at work, again.
photo courtesy Green Wellies
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