I hope you will all indulge me this week. March 7th looms and I would like to keep as many happy memories as I can at the forefront of my brain. Since my mom can no longer comment on what I post, her ethereal embarrassment shall be something that will hopefully make us all smile a little. Some of my best memories are of the funniest times in my life – the memories that made me laugh until I cried and that same laughter that made my mom wet herself. This is one of the memories I love.
We have always been a family with pets. Dogs have been a strong presence in our lives and in the early 1980’s mom and I would walk the dogs down the back road that was close to our house. On one of our walks, our Golden Retriever, Brandy, decided to take it upon himself to walk our Lhasa Apso, Misty. He took her extra-long leash in his mouth and proudly sauntered down the road, not looking back. Only mom and I could see the leash wrapped around Misty’s body and, when there was no slack left in the long leash, Brandy dragged Misty down the road backwards for about half a kilometer. That moment wasn’t just funny, it was absolutely hysterical and mom and I laughed so hard she peed her pants.
Now, in the 80’s velour was all the rage. Mom sported many matching leisure suits. They were comfortable, they were stylish, and they were surprisingly absorbent. But the variation in color could not hide the fact that my mom had peed her pants. After we collected ourselves, we made our way back to the house. We had a crowd of friends over and, knowing that, Mom was in stealth mode, maneuvering out of anyone’s peripheral to sneak in the back door and head for the laundry room in our basement.
She quickly changed her outfit and headed back up to the living room, thinking she had averted humiliation. What she had NOT counted on, was that her traitor of a daughter had already broadcast the episode to anyone who would listen and had even thrown in some play-by-play action in slow motion. Not only was I laughing but everyone in the room joined in, even my mom.
That day I learned one of the greatest lessons she ever taught me, even if by accident – if you can’t laugh at yourself, you will miss a great deal of enjoyment in your life.