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May 8, 2005

Happy Mother's Day

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Meet my mom, also named Laurie. The coolest thing about my mom? She loves me even though she didn't have to. She met me when I was about four years old. As you can see from the picture, she had this luxurious long hair that made her very glamorous, and also, that she let me braid and "fix" during long car rides. (Sorry about that time you had to cut a bird's-nest knot out of your hair! Whoops!)

I'm not sure I could have done what she did, marry a man with young kids and move to Texas and let a spaced-out five-year-old braid my hair with grubby little fingers. But she's a brave one. There were times when she couldn't possibly like me (Hi! Remember the time I dyed my hair blue? Surprise!) (I bet you thought you'd put that one out of your memory forever, eh?) but she was a trooper.

She kept on being my mom even though I was such a joy to behold as a teen. Remember clothes shopping? What a relaxing and happy time that must have been for you. Ha! And the time I decided to "help" you make a pie and I managed to get merengue everywhere, including on the ceiling? Wasn't that fun? Or how about the time I took the doors off my closet, moved my bed in there and listened to The Smiths for a year? Yeah, that was cool, wasn't it?

Of course compared to my brothers I was an ANGEL, and by the way I plan to lord that over them all until the day I die.

I'm so glad my dad picked someone so funny and laid-back and kind-hearted and silly. I'm glad he picked someone who refused to let me buy micro-miniskirts at age fourteen. (Oh I was NOT GLAD then, but I am now.) I'm glad he picked someone who became my closest and dearest friend. One of the most surprising things to ever happen in my life was Laurie, and I'm so grateful that I know her. And also I'm grateful that her name is the same as mine so that when we're both old and senile we'll never forget each other, ever.

I love you.
Happy Mother's Day!

Posted by laurie at May 8, 2005 11:05 AM