Major Mom Fail

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Whenever my mom comes for a visit, I like to keep it a secret until she walks in the door.

So on Sunday, when my mom called to say she had just pulled into our neighborhood, my kids had no idea what was going on. I told them that I thought I heard something outside, and we all went out to the front porch to try to figure out what I was hearing.

Except my mom must be the slowest driver ever because she was nowhere in sight.

I tried to keep the kids outside and said things like, “Well, I don’t hear it now. But what could it have been?”

Miles thought perhaps it was the Easter Bunny.

And sweet Alice, out of the blue, said, “Maybe it was Yia Yia.” (Greek for grandma.)

And then she said, “I’m going to call for Yia Yia so she will come.”

Miles: Yia Yia is in Michigan. She can’t hear us.

Me: Well – maybe if we try to call her name, she’ll hear us.

Alice started yelling YIA YIAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Miles started yelling YIA YIAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I started yelling YIA YIAAAAAAAA

And who appeared in the driveway? YIA YIA!!

It was magic.

And that was the problem.

All throughout my mom’s visit, Alice kept saying, “I called for you, and I called for you. And I knew you would come.”

Mother of the Year

Well, Yia Yia had to leave yesterday. And Alice said, “When I get up from my nap, I’m going to go outside and call your name so you’ll come back.”

We tried to explain to her that it didn’t really work that way, but she SAW it work that way. She KNOWS she has magic in her.

And nothing we said could change her mind.

So if you’re looking for Alice, she’ll be on the front porch trying to figure out why her magic powers aren’t summoning her Yia Yia.

There's No Magic

And I’ll be in the house finding the perfect spot to hang my Mother of the Year Award.

What magical things have you done to earn the Mother of the Year Award?


  1. sue

    March 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

    That’s fine work! LOL, poor Alice! I’m going to write a book on how I became Mother of the Decade! So many stories…..

  2. Cassie

    March 30, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Aw, come on, don’t be so hard on yourself. Just because you convinced your little cutie pie that she was magic, and then dashed her hopes on the hard rocks of reality, it’s no big deal! (okay, I’m just kidding!)

    Ugh, I have had *so* many mom fails like this. I just have to sort of look at it like this: most kids don’t remember things that clearly anyway. Heck, I can’t remember things that happened when I was a kid. They’ll be alright! And, if by some chance they’re not, well, that’s what therapy is for.

    [now you think I’m awful – you should hear what my son thinks]

  3. Kai

    March 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

    OMG! Alice’s lil’ teary face is HEARTBREAKING! (Give her a popsickle or something – she’ll be fine! LOL!) And I was undoubtedly one of the first Mother of the Year recipients. I had a tendency to use single words when, as a young mom, I was tired (all the freakin’ TIME) & bath time was at night so I was WORN OUT. Not only THAT, the tub was an old claw foot one & I had to REALLY bend to bathe my daughter. So I’d bark … ummm … kindly request that she help me by holding out the asked-for body part to be washed. Example: LEG. She’d present a dirty lil’ appendage. OTHER LEG. ETC. One night I was NOT in a sentence-using mood, and after I washed her hair, I wanted to have her in a position to easily rinse it without getting shampoo in her eyes. So – being REALLY tired, I simply ordered, “Knees.” No movement. A LOUDER bark from ME, “KNEES!” All of a sudden I heard a muffled, “Achoo.” I said, “Are you cold?” She looked up – hair all soapy & shook her lil’ head. “You SAID ‘sneeze.” Poor kid. It’s a wonder she didn’t turn into a mass murderer or something after MY poor job of mothering. P.S. Tell Alice the magic she performed works ONLY once a year when the sun is in an exact position during a leap year. Then back it up with that aforementioned popsickle!

  4. Kristi

    March 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

    OH, the things we think are fun in life that turn out to be not so fun(ny) after all. A priceless moment in your life. It is okay. I have had tons of backfiring moments on me. The one that gets to me the most (my kids are 10 & 11) is that I YELL at them to go to bed for the umpteenth time and then they are just like I just wanted to give you a hug or kiss or tell you I love you! I feel like an ogre, but yet it is bedtime. I never know where to draw the line. There is also our beautiful cat that showed up (they all just show up) one day. We fed it and fell in love with it. He got hit on the road many months later, I buried him. Today they think the new “show up” cat chased him off. I hate hearing them say that, but the amount of sobbing and crying I will have to put up with from my soft hearted about animal kids is just not something I want to deal with!!!
    I have a whole reel of photos with my kid crying and screaming when she was like maybe 3 or 4! I love them, love to look at them all the time, boy was she mad at me for something, but I kept snapping away. lol

  5. Danielle Higginbottom-Brown

    March 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Well tell Alice that I have been calling Yia Yia all week to come and take care of my grocery lists and she hasn’t come…..I even bought a box of kleenex for my house, in case she showed up 😉

  6. LisaP

    March 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Oh dang, I’m about to become the worst person you e-know: I might have accidentally taught my oldest daughter and my stepdaughter what “camel toe” means. And I maaay have backed that wonderful moment up with “if you EVER tell anyone that I am the reason you know that phrase, I will LIE and say it’s not true!” (insert all three of us laughing uncontrollably). Allegedly.
    I’m happy to report they’re both functioning, educated and perfectly lovely members of society. Despite my influence.

  7. Sheila S. Jordan

    March 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This is wonderful story! for sure all mom’s can relate about this post! thanks!

  8. GinaE

    March 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Well, I happen to think you ARE Mother of the Year. I have to say I would have done just this sort of thing, with probably the same results. I think you are a great Mom. You let your kids be exactly who they are and have fun and creative ways of handling daily situations. As always, thanks for sharing this. Really good post, Anna.

  9. Alyssa

    March 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hahaha, oh no! I shouldn’t be laughing, not after seeing that booboo face 🙁 It worked, it just worked too well!

  10. Trish

    March 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Oh that’s not so bad! I do things like forget about the science fair or fly off the handle and say mean things. This is nothing!

  11. Marlene

    March 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What a greàt story!!!! Love it! I guess you better get skyping!!!

  12. Cherie Fish

    March 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Awwww! So sweet and such an honor to your mom, but it made me cry.

  13. sparkling74

    March 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

    You’ll have to concoct a big story about how those magical powers only work once in a birth year or something and that when she turns the next age, maybe it will work again!

  14. Deb

    April 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    oh noooooooo..hahahah
    poor thing. Motherhood is hard because what seems like a good idea at the time WILL come back to bite us in the butt. I’ve been there many times.

  15. Shantalle

    April 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Ahhh look at that face. Her magic will work again, I’m sure she is not the least bit scarred 😉

  16. Christine

    April 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Oops. At least they have such a good relationship with their Yia Yia 🙂 When my daughter was 2 (she is 13 now) we were in a halloween store. I tried on a scary mask and she FLIPPED! I thought that this bad mom has scarred that little girl for life. Yes, I am sure I have scarred her for life but it wasn’t due to that halloween mask, she got over that one in no time.

  17. Ashley

    April 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Aww ! Cute post ! You crack me up, but don’t be too hard on yourself ! 🙂

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  18. Samm Spangler

    April 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    awww… thats too cute…

  19. Tricia @ Take 10

    April 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Her face is so sad. I also don’t tell the kids if anyone is coming until last minute. You never know when plans change. So I’ll have to remember NOT to have my kids in the front yard yelling for anyone. Thanks!

  20. Steph at The Healthy Mom

    April 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Awww… how sweet. Your intentions were good. I think it so cute that you surprise your kids with a visit from you mom. I mean, it’s not like you gave her matches and told her to go play.

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  22. Laura

    August 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    This isn’t quite the same thing but…

    When the kids were about 5 they were bugging the crap out of me asking where we were going every 30 seconds. I told them repeatedly. Having 3 of them and none of them listening or remembering made this really old really quick. I answered them once saying “We’re going to the moon!” and thought nothing of it. HOURS later after we’d finished all our errands and were asking again, I answered “Home…”. The littlest Who burst into tears *dramatically* saying “You said we were going to the moon! You didn’t take us to the moon! I wanna go to the moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo*gasp*oooooooooooooooooooooooon!!” Mother of Year 2005.

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  24. Jules B.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Awwww!!! Bless her heart!!!!

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