Did You Hear My Mom Scream in 1984?

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When I was 4-years-old, my mom and I got into a huge fight.

Me at age 4

How could you fight with this sweet face?


I can’t remember what we were fighting about, but I know that I was talking back and yelling at her.

At one point, I yelled, “Don’t you scream at me!”

And she yelled, “You think I’m screaming? This isn’t screaming. You want to really hear me scream?”

YES, I shouted.

And she screamed. I mean – I can’t believe you didn’t hear it.

Or maybe you did – it was summer, 1984. Do you remember hearing a really loud, terrifying noise?

That was my mom showing me what she sounded like when she was really screaming.

The windows rattled.

I’m surprised they didn’t break.

My Headphones

I spent a lot of time wearing headphones to protect my ears after that scream.

That put an end to our heated fight. I actually may still have partial hearing loss from it.

But it wasn’t until years later that I learned that she dislocated her jaw with that window-rattling scream.

It took months of physical therapy before she was back to normal.

And now that I have a 4-year-old of my own – this story makes me really, really happy. Is that bad?


  1. Eileen

    February 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I can’t believe you didn’t hear it.This little girl is really smart..Thanks for sharing..

  2. Mom

    February 3, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Okay – wait one minute!!! It wasn’t a SCREAM it was more of a yell and yes it was loud but you little Missy, were getting way too sassy. And it wasn’t months of physical therapy – it was a few trips to the chiropractor…and even he wasn’t positive that my big yell caused the problem (which he never would have known about if you hadn’t spilled the beans in his office). I hope we have all learned a lesson from this.

    Don’t take your kids with you to your Dr. appointments when they can talk.

  3. Connie Albright

    February 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    You are sooo funny. Thanks for making me laugh until I cried this morning. I will have to keep this in mind, I may have to show my son my real scream one day. By the way mom, is she still a little sassy? She is telling a lot on you.

  4. Kirsten

    February 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    HAHAHAAAAA!!!! Great lesson ;-). I’ll write that down.

  5. Patricia

    February 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I had to find your mom’s reply before I even posted. The two of you should go on the road with your stories.

  6. Michelle

    February 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hehehe….my mom calls me “little Missy” too when she’s correcting me! 🙂

  7. katie

    February 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Love the pics! I will be careful of my jaw from now on! 🙂

  8. Alyson L

    February 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    WOW. How do you dislocate your jaw screaming? My respect for you mom was high, but it just went up like 25 points. She should get a horror movie gig (just have them add physical therapy into her contract).

  9. imklvr

    February 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Amen, mom! No kids at your doctor’s appointments!

    Now listen, if you think I’m kidding about this book thing, you are mistaken. You must have some idea of how many people you touch with your blog! Easily hundreds and every one of us NEED that laugh each day! With a book you could make thousands of people happy! Girl, it’s your DUTY to humanity to write this book. I’ll bet your mom will be glad to help, too!

    Just sayin’……………..

  10. Wendy

    February 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, I totally just laughed out loud! So glad I didn’t have anything in my mouth or my computer screen would be a mess right now! I must say… I do love your mom’s reply!

  11. Leslie Limon

    February 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    That is too funny! Sounds like something my mom would have done! 😛 And those pics are too cute. Love the headphones.

  12. sparkling74

    February 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Yes, I was in 4th grade. They said it was a sonic boom from the Concorde flying over. Little did they know.

  13. design fluff

    February 4, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I couldn’t possibly hear it that year. The sound was muffled by the bitter tears of a homely Kindergartner. I had been given another one of my “famous” haircuts. I would say one of my mom’s famous haircuts. But that wouldn’t be true, it seemed I was indiscriminately passed around to any family member. The only requirement is that they owned a pair of scissors. Let’s see, that year I was 6, so that means I had the ever so lovely “Boy
    Cut” my Kindergarten year. “Are you a boy or a girl?” Good Times!

  14. Cathy

    February 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Haha! Great story!

  15. Tina @ Babycakes Blog

    February 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Great story, I especially love your mom’s comment. I found you via the Made by you Monday Link Party.

  16. [email protected]

    July 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Let me think . . . Yes, I do recall a rather gut wrenching scream . . Oh wait . . . that was my mom when she discovered my two yr old brother at the top of a sycamore tree!!

  17. Christine

    October 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    We had a 6.2 earthquake in 1984 in California. I wonder if your mom caused it? Hmmm……..

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  20. kasey

    March 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    or write a book! Then go on a book signing tour! I would go!

  21. Jen K

    March 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    NO WAY! That did not happen!
    I am next on that list to dislocating my jaw and my head.
    *shaking fist at 2 year old*

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