Dear Mom

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Dear Mom,

Remember the time when I was about 10 years old, and we pulled into the driveway and my brother was shooting hoops on the basketball court? And instead of turning off the car and getting out, we pulled up to the edge of the court and every time he made a basket, you’d honk the horn?

And so he kept making baskets, and you kept honking?

Do you remember that?

It was like you were letting the world know (or the swamp behind our house at least) that you were so proud of him.

That he was strong and talented and important.

Do you remember that?

I’ve never forgotten it.

At the time I thought it was so cool that we had created a little cheering section for him at our basketball court at home.

And then I kindof waited for you to do the same for me. I wanted to feel that constant, undying support. You know?

I know you became my team’s assistant tennis coach so that you could talk to me at the fence – even though you didn’t know anything about tennis.

I know you told me my hair was adorable even when it wasn’t.

I know you once got into the car at 10 at night to drive 6 hours to pick me up from college when I called to tell you I was so homesick my freshman year.

And I appreciate all that. I really do.

But have you ever thought that maybe Nick got his PhD and became a famous shark researcher and gave a TED talk and travels the world to share his knowledge about sharks because he knew that every time he did something, there’d be someone there to “honk the horn?”

Dr Nick Whitney Shark Researcher

He always knew that no matter what happened, he’d have his own personal cheering section at home – and that’s all that mattered?

Did you ever think about that?

And did you ever think that I became a housewife that sits around all day and talks to my internet friends because… well… you know…

Bwahahahaha! Oh my gosh – I’m sorry guys – I just had to do it. I couldn’t resist. This kind of thing gets her all kinds of riled up, and it’s just too. much. fun. My phone should start ringing in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…


  1. Helen

    June 14, 2013 at 5:08 am

    So cruel lol! your mother should be getting in her car right about now to give you your very own personal honk!!!

  2. Devan

    June 14, 2013 at 6:29 am

    HAHA! You ruined me for life mom! Thanks alot!
    You’re mean… <3 Devan

  3. Janine Huldie

    June 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Oh man, I could hear the ringing now, lol!!!

  4. Kristin @ OneOrganicMama

    June 14, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Honk honk!

  5. freelsda

    June 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I’m sure your mom will be over to honk her horn for you soon – maybe around 3 AM? 🙂

  6. alocke

    June 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

    literally I CAN hear the honking since we live so close and I am joining her honking for you. You rock:)

  7. Dona

    June 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

    honkhonkhonkhonkhonk…etc……We think you are SO awesome, important, funny and many of us wouldn’t want to start a day without you. Can you say that for a shark researcher? I think not! honkhonkhonkhonkhonkhonkhonkhonk……

  8. The Dose of Reality

    June 14, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Oh, no…I bet there will be honking at your house any minute now…right during nap time!

  9. Anna's Mom

    June 14, 2013 at 8:11 am

    OH. MY. GOSH. There are no words. Seriously. I am speechless. Well – no I’m really not – but I was picking up the phone as I started to read this and – I hung up. You are a brat. You want a honk? I’ll give you a honk! Wait till I pull into your neighborhood next time – I’ll start honking when I leave the highway – I’ll pull in with a complete police escort – waiting to arrest me for so much honking. I’ll rock your little cul de sac and all the neighbors……
    I’ve started a list of things that I count as your personal honks…I’m calling you right now….but seriously, I do remember that day….it was such fun…sigh….I think I’ll call your brother instead.

  10. Pam

    June 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

    OMG! I’m dying laughing. Between your post and your mom’s comment I don’t which is funnier.

  11. Angela

    June 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

    OMG. I.Love.You!!!! Great Mama’s create more Great Mama’s…Can’t wait to see how Awesome Alice turns out!!! ♥

  12. jean

    June 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

    “I’ll call your brother instead” Now that is what my mother would say. Go MOM!

  13. Carrie

    June 14, 2013 at 9:24 am

    You two are the best! Seriously Anna, you are way more famous than your brother (I tried googling him-got nada) and you and your mom are such inspiration, motivation, and are great at uplifting other women around the country (if not world!)…and your mom says your a “brat!” HA! That was the best part!
    Love you guys and feel like I “know” you personally 🙂

  14. Sara

    June 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh I feel your pain. I have a brother who is an expert in eagles. He also travels all over the world. My sister and I refer to him as “The Beloved” . 🙂

  15. Jen K

    June 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

    OMG! Ma’am… you are the funniest ever! Hahahaha! Pls honk your way to Anna’s house. I can’t wait to read her post on that.

  16. Mindy

    June 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Beyond hilarious.

  17. fishducky

    June 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Your mom “out-funnied” you!!

  18. MomChalant

    June 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hahaha I want to meet your mom so bad. She seems amazing.

  19. Cindy

    June 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What a wonderful relationship you and your Mom have! I had that with my Mom, too…I miss her so.
    Your Mom’s reply was just perfect! 🙂

  20. J

    June 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Hey, she shouldn’t be so desperate for validation, anyway…lol. You go, Mom. I tell my kids constantly, you do what you do for your own satisfaction, don’t worry if I or anyone else is impressed. 🙂

  21. tatem

    June 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    perhaps you should have been at the birth of each grandbaby with an air horn and pom poms.

  22. Kim

    June 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Anna’s mom PLEASE honk the entire time while driving up her driveway. I would LOVE to know Perfect Patty’s reaction to that. Lol!

  23. Gina Jacobs Thomas (@totallyfullofit)

    June 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Girl, you have some very large cojones, that’s for sure. If I’d written this, my mother would be calling me simultaneously crying and yelling. And your mom? Man, she rocks.

  24. Dona

    June 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    How ’bout writing a book, mom? We’ll be rich! We’ll call you the new Erma! ‘K?

  25. Kathryn

    June 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    What a brat! She’ll love you pulling up at 2am honking!
    You rock!

  26. Kristin @ OneOrganicMama

    June 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Anna’s Mom,

    When are you starting your own blog?!

    <3 Your #1 Fan

  27. Jules B.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I adore you and your mom so much!!! Be grateful she is your mom and not me. I’d set up for you to get the opportunity to nap, and once you’re asleep, I’d give you the best and longest honking of your life. I’d rather do a 2am honking, but that wouldn’t be fair to the neighbors.

  28. mary

    June 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    You have a great mom, and your a great mom i enjoy reading these posts so much, i once had two older brothers who got the same support as yours did, but i think i got more even though i wasn’t sporty or won anything other than spelling bees and national honor rolls but my mom spoiled me to death then and even now but not by material things but with her love and affection. Kind of like being smothered without the pillow

  29. Anna's Mom

    June 14, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Carrie – just had to reply since Nick is obviously my favorite! If you google Dr. Nick Whitney you will find several pages of his stuff….please try again. 🙂 Anna would be disappointed if I didn’t point that out I’m sure!!

  30. Anna's Mom

    June 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Where do you live? I love to travel! And if you have babies – even better!! Also would need a few thrift shops and some great Goodwill stores 🙂

  31. Anna's Mom

    June 15, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Kristin – thank you so much! But believe me – I could never write a blog….I just respond when something Anna writes gets me going…..then I just can’t help myself. It’s just like the urge to look out the windows when she used to live in the city….I just couldn’t stop watching the neighbors. I found it so fascinating. I think that’s why they moved to the suburbs – I was embarrassing them!

  32. Anna's Mom

    June 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Well Dona, I have been agreeing with you right along I would love it if Anna wrote a book- and I did so love Erma. She was wonderfully funny and real. – I think as Anna’s kids get a bit older that could happen. I think it’s a wonderful yet frightening idea! I am too busy showing favoritism towards my son to write a book – but thank you. Let’s keep working on Anna 🙂

  33. Anna's Mom

    June 15, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Angela – Alice is very much like her Mama was at her age. Very saucy and opinionated. She is a delight. My hope is that she keeps Anna in line as I obviously was never able to do 🙂

  34. deneen

    June 15, 2013 at 12:18 am

    seriously, you ROCK Anna’s Mom!!!! (how is nick doing, btw?)

  35. wendy

    June 15, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Your mom rules. I’m jealous.

  36. Christie

    June 15, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I feel your pain, Anna. My mom unabashedly favored my brother. This year he forgot Mother’s Day- no card, no call….I took both kids to visit her and made a huge Mother’s Day brunch… And am I getting any car honks? Noooooo.
    But to be honest….c’mon….shark expert….kinda way cool.

  37. Kim

    June 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

    So I googled Dr Nick Whitney (my curiosity got the best of me after your mom posted his name) and how crazy is it that I’ve already been following Ocearch on fb and NEVER knew he was your brother!!! I have to say, I’m VERY fascinated by sharks and I think it’s amazingly cool to be able to track them.

  38. Sue

    June 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hahahaha. You are SOOOOOOOOO mean. If I pulled that on my mom, she’d run over to the nearest auto store and buy an air horn and fix my little red wagon before I could say ‘boo’. lol

  39. sparkling74

    June 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I can totally see this police escort business. Awesome.

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  41. Sue Stone

    June 18, 2013 at 2:59 am

    This is so cool.. I really had fun reading this because I can relate. No offense but I think this is just normal… I know a lot of girls who feel this way. Mom often favor their sons. But it’s just fair. Because dads often favors their daughters too. 🙂

  42. Mommy

    June 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I’d do it. $50 for my boobs, never, but feet, absolutely.

  43. [email protected]

    June 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Anna’s mom!! I don’t know….I’d feel like I’d be “cheating” on Anna if I googled nick again! ;). Seriously, both of them are amazing and I’m jealous of Nick – I always wanted to be a marine biologist, how cool that he is successful in it!

  44. Darcy Perdu

    June 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    LOL! Your poor Mom! You’ll have to pay for her therapy after publicly shaming her! Or maybe SHE should pay for YOUR therapy for favoring your brother with the cheering honks! Hmmm, maybe you guys can get a group rate!

  45. Melanie

    June 27, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I just found you online tonight, not even sure how I ended up here, but I’ve been reading blog posts and laughing hysterically for over an hour now…my kids keep asking me “What are you reading?!”…great stuff, keep it up! You’re bookmarked in my phone now!

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