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(Fark)   A survey for Mother's Day: what was the nicest thing your mom ever did for you?   ( divider line
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2012-05-13 06:22:43 PM  
To answer the question posed by the headline:

Stabbed me with a knife. That single malicious act made me realize that the abuse she had inflicted on me for years would only get worse and it was at that point that I walked away and never looked back.

/end CSB
//Yeah, I hate Mother's Day
//.Still made it a nice day for the wife, though
2012-05-13 06:23:19 PM  
Did her darndest to be a good mom for me and my siblings, despite serious bipolar that went untreated until I was a teenager, and did a helluva job of it. As an almost-30-year-old non-parent with (reasonably well-managed) bipolar of her own, it completely blows my mind that Mom could do everything she did for us while completely unmedicated.
2012-05-13 06:23:52 PM  
After being depressed and miserable for a quarter of a century, she is thoroughly enjoying her retirement, which shows me there's always hope. She's like a completely different person. And instead of getting better the moment I left home, which would have made me feel massively guilty, she waited six or seven years until she retired, so I know it wasn't just having kids that made her miserable.

A few years ago, my dad told me he was glad I finally got a chance to see why he married her. *Sniff*
2012-05-13 06:24:13 PM  
(1) Married my dad.
(2) Finally told me the truth; that she hates me.

I'm OK with #2, no surprise there. It's just too bad she didn't die early instead of my dad. She's 87 now. If I hadn't had my dad at least until I made 18 and moved out permanently, I wouldn't be alive today.

/obviously I'm older than a lot of you.

//fark you, "mom."
2012-05-13 06:24:53 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Didn't strangle me any of the many, many times I'm sure she was sorely tempted to

Ditto, cubed
2012-05-13 06:26:25 PM  
every woman in my life has abandoned me, or betrayed me. they suck. all of them. no account, worthless, manipulative, self interested whores.

every one of them.
2012-05-13 06:26:49 PM  
Loves me
2012-05-13 06:29:06 PM  
gave birth to me.

i was 9 pounds. She's 5'2.
2012-05-13 06:30:04 PM  
She wiped my butt after I had surgery on both feet, left hand, and right elbow. I was 11 at the time.

/that takes a lot of love
2012-05-13 06:34:19 PM  
Insisted that the kids not start smoking. Two kids listened -- two didn't (though they gave up smoking in adulthood).

It's a good thing because smoking killed both Mom and Dadat age 60, which seems young now.
2012-05-13 06:35:15 PM  

sanriosucks: / some people just see a model 1300 defender, but I see a 12 gauge filled with mom's love. Or something..

you might want to replace that with shotgun shells. "mom's love" isn't going to do much if a burglar comes calling.
2012-05-13 06:37:14 PM  
Taught my wife how to make biscuits and gravy.
2012-05-13 06:45:08 PM  

smeegle: Thanks Mom and I sure do miss those Chocolate Crazy cakes. Yum

This cake?

1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. vinegar
Mix all ingredients with a fork in the dish you bake it in (8X8 pan). Do not grease pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Devour. Share if you must.

/forgot all about that cake until you mentioned it
//gonna make one tonight OM NOM NOM NOM
2012-05-13 06:49:27 PM  
Acted like she really did not know what I was really doing when I claimed to be at the movies. And she always told me she wanted me to have more than she did as a child.
2012-05-13 06:50:04 PM  
1) brought me into this world.
2) didn't take me out of it in adolescence.
2012-05-13 06:51:16 PM  
Put up with me and my antics for years. Paid for my lawyers whenever i got arrested, helped me out any way she could. (I was never really that bad of a kid. i just made poor decisions and had a habit of self-destruction.) Anyway she saw me through it all and now i'm a somewhat well-adjusted adult-ish type person. And i have to thank her for being the only person who really ever gave a damn and supported me.
2012-05-13 06:53:40 PM  
Was open about sex. She was a Playboy bunny in the 60's.
I knew everything my body was going through and why during puberty and when my C cup boobs arrived early in 6th grade, She told me every single line and play a guy would make to get in my pants, and every single way pregnancy could occur, and not occur. I I heard things in school, I would ask her about it. She taught me that the nerdy sweet guys really were were the best lovers and boyfriends (and husbands - I married one).

Most importantly she taught me that sex is sex, it was not this voodoo that instantly makes you a bad girl if you enjoy it. When it was for fun, it was good. But when you were in love it would be mindblowing and to wait for a loving relationship was worth it.
2012-05-13 06:55:02 PM  
Mom worked her ass off (along with Dad) to support me and my brothers when times were tough. I didn't even know how broke we were til later. Turns out those "camping days" when we ate beans cooked in a pot over the kerosene stove were when the power got turned off.

Years later, now that I have a family of my own and Mom and Dad are really well-off, they help us out now and again when money's short. She said she doesn't want us to ever have to have camping days.

Also: she never told us how bad things were when she had breast cancer. Obviously, we knew she had breast cancer, but she never told us kids that it was Stage III, very aggressive, and that she had very little chance of survival. She didn't want us to worry about her any more than we already were, and make things as normal as possible. It wasn't until after she beat it that she told us how bad it had been.
2012-05-13 06:55:03 PM  
She managed to hold off the MAJOR crazy until the last of us 4 kids (I'm the oldest) got out. Then, for a while there, she let her true batshiat nuts side show, and now the pendulum has swung back to "only mostly nuts."

There isn't any one positive thing that stands out, and there are LOTS of things I wish she hadn't done or didn't do. But, I'm not gonna itemize that list today.
2012-05-13 06:59:30 PM  
I guess the best thing she did was, when given the choice, send my sister to the showers instead of me.
2012-05-13 07:04:26 PM  
She raised three girls and took care of my alcoholic father while often being in pain from her bout with polio. We had clean clothes, a clean home, supper every night and a bedtime story. She could sew, paint, refinish furniture,knit, crochet and garden. She was an artist. My Mama loved us the best she could after being raised by a woman who should have never had children. I miss her every single day and if your mama is still alive, just let her know how much you love her.
2012-05-13 07:04:29 PM  
Convinced my dad that YES, I should have an AT-AT for Christmas.

/Miss you mom
2012-05-13 07:09:33 PM  
I lost my mom to cancer when I was in 10th grade. At the beginning of the schol year, she let me drop out of Sunday Schoolto be able to join the high school swim team. It's that kind of thing that my mother understood what was in my best interest. If I had to ask my father, or stepmother after my father remarried about such no-brainer, I would get a debate, an argument, and feel all icky or guilty. Yeah, I can think of all kinds of things over the years that my father and stepmother never understood, but my mother would have understood, and beeen actively inerested in instantly.
2012-05-13 07:10:08 PM  
She paid the bills.

I figure after raising 2 kids alone for 10 years, she finally said "fark it, it's your job now" to my "step father".

She started caring again once I moved out. She is a nice enough lady. But she married the "go outside and chop wood" guy.

She helped me move last month. Drove 3 hours to get here. nice of her.
2012-05-13 07:10:39 PM  
Made sure I never went hungry, even if it meant she would have to for a few days.
2012-05-13 07:11:46 PM  
Read to me when I was little. Every day. And the good stuff, too: E.B. White, A.A. Milne, Robert Louis Stevenson along with the usual Dr. Seuss and what not.

Also, brought me up in a house filled with music. I passed both these gifts on to my kids.

But honestly, the first thing that came to mind was her taking my kids off my hands when they were small, sometimes for a few days at a time. Doesn't sound like much, but none of my three were big on sleep. When I sometimes felt like I'd never sleep through a whole night again and I was going around so tired my driving skills were affected, a couple days off meant a ton.
2012-05-13 07:21:50 PM  
One day she screamed "I'm sick of all of you!" and stormed out of the house vowing never to return.

Unfortunately, she came back a few hours later.
2012-05-13 07:21:55 PM  
Penguin_Named_Nori: But honestly, the first thing that came to mind was her taking my kids off my hands when they were small, sometimes for a few days at a time. Doesn't sound like much, but none of my three were big on sleep. When I sometimes felt like I'd never sleep through a whole night again and I was going around so tired my driving skills were affected, a couple days off meant a ton.

YES. I would not let my mom do this, but my ex-husbands parents took my little one for some overnights when she was in that "I am a baby so I don't sleep ever" stage. It saved my sanity.
2012-05-13 07:23:59 PM  

Weaver95: disowned me.

seriously. i've been disowned, and not just facebook disowned either. then again, dear old mother is a certified lunatic. Narcissistc Borderline Personality DIsorder, to be precise. so being disowned by someone like that is actually quite a blessing. trust me - you do NOT want to be around a pathological narcissist! it's soul draining.

My story is quite the opposite. She certainly had every right to have nothing to do with me while in the depths of a cocaine habit, but that hard-headed old broad wouldn't let her kid fark up that bad without doing all she could to get me back. I'm better now. Thanks, Ma!
2012-05-13 07:26:53 PM  

kmmontandon: Didn't have an abortion, even as a single 17-year old.

Same here, except she was 16, My adoptive mother paid for college. Now they both have known each other for nearly 20 years.
2012-05-13 07:30:16 PM  
My mom was always thinking about me before herself. And to this day never asks me when I am going to get married. : )

Happy mothers day mom!
2012-05-13 07:35:25 PM  
Stopped drinking. I only wish she had done that before I went off to college. She wasn't an angry drunk, and it did make me learn my way around the kitchen at an early age, but alcoholic parents do color your relationships for years.
2012-05-13 07:36:44 PM
2012-05-13 07:38:27 PM  
I hate this made up holiday as well as Father's Day. I don't need another holiday for my kids to buy me gifts to let me know they love me. I know how much they love me already, I am involved in their lives. My mom is a fake, drunk, piece of shiat that put my brother and I through hell. The only thing good she ever did was spend all the child support on liquor and cigarettes while we had to depend on my grandparents for food and bill money....oh wait, that's not very good is it.

/People with good Moms should appreciate it. Have to be strong to deal with having the one person on Earth that is in the least genetically inclined to care for you not give a shiat.
2012-05-13 07:40:06 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: She didn't kill me in my sleep although I gave her ample justication.

/no jury would have convicted her either

Pretty much this
2012-05-13 07:40:47 PM  
She had a third child (me).
Why do I say that? Because I have two and FARK THAT. I could never handle three.
2012-05-13 07:42:43 PM  
for finding something wrong with EVERY dicision ive made since I became an adult (30+ years ago)
2012-05-13 07:45:07 PM  
hid a bag of pot for me so my dad wouldnt see it. i had left it out for some reason in my room and when i got home,it was in a drawer under some clothes. i didnt put it there.
2012-05-13 07:45:51 PM  
Bought me at a pet store. Adopted me.
2012-05-13 07:54:38 PM
2012-05-13 07:55:50 PM  

mjjt: [ image 460x643].

bonus: 3 apostrophes, all in right place
2012-05-13 07:59:37 PM  
I'm not going to write it all out, but my mom is a crazy, lazy, self-centered alcoholic. I read a few things in this thread that are worse than my mom ever did, but I've got the rest of you beat in the crazy mom department.

Despite all of that, she's a sweetheart and really, truly loves us, even if that didn't do us a whole lot of good.

My favorite description of my mom is that she's the most upbeat defeatist I've ever met.
2012-05-13 08:01:40 PM  
Putting up with me.
2012-05-13 08:08:26 PM  
My mother was my parent, not my friend.
2012-05-13 08:16:59 PM  
Unconditional love, boundaries, and the role model of a professional woman with her own career goals and aspirations. Basically a Turkish Claire Huxtable.
2012-05-13 08:26:25 PM  
2 years ago, I had to move back to my parents' basement when my business went belly-up. That was right after the family dog died. Mom knew how broken up I was about everything, and talked my dad into letting me get a dog for Christmas. Dad had a pretty hard time after the old dog died, and didn't want to get another for fear of the heart-ache. Mom convinced him that we--I--needed a dog.

My dog is the light of my life and the center of my universe. Without him, my life would suck more than I care to imagine. Because of him, I get out every day, instead of sedentating* into my computer chair.

Mom and Dad love him almost as much as I do.

Thanks, Mom!

/Maudlin indulgence complete.
//*/Is that a word?
2012-05-13 08:27:53 PM  
Didn't punish me for setting the house on fire and thereby killing her cat.
2012-05-13 08:30:11 PM  

I miss her so very, very much.
2012-05-13 08:47:10 PM  
Blow job.
2012-05-13 09:02:42 PM  
She missed.
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