My Mom

My Mom in an Accident

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Well – apparently it’s pick on my mom week. I just can’t stop.

You can read the rest of this week’s posts here:
Monday – My Mother’s Indecent Proposal
Tuesday – Was she smoking crack while I was growing up?
Wednesday – She may or may not have tried to wipe my bottom when I was 21

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And for today…

When I was in college, my mom, my brother and I were in a pretty serious car accident. Thankfully no one was hurt.

My mom was driving us down I-94 when we hit a patch of black ice, started spinning out of control, hit a snow bank in the median and started rolling. It was the beginning of a 50-car pile-up on the highway. And while it certainly wasn’t my mom’s fault – she was definitely the first car to lose control and therefore she technically started a 50-car pile-up on the highway.

There are lots of scary things about that day – I could go on and on and on – but the bottom line is that we weren’t hurt.

There were, however, a few things about my mother that amazed me that day:

* The entire time we were rolling, my mom was shrieking, “Oh my God, I’m so sorry – we’re all going to DIE!” I realize that you never know how you’re going to respond when you’re rolling in a car – but note to all mothers – this isn’t the most comforting thing to shriek to your children.

* None of us had a cellphone in the car with us (obviously this was 10 years ago). So when we finally got out of the car, a very nice bystander offered her phone to my mom. You know – to call my dad and let him know what had happened. This was back in the day before unlimited minutes, and my mom used this woman’s phone to call every single person she had ever met in her life. The secretaries at her school, her 4th cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, the neighbors. She just wanted them to “hear it from her before they saw it on the news.” The woman finally got her phone back 90 minutes later, and I’m sure her bill was hundreds of dollars.

* Apparently we didn’t have enough clothing on, because I distinctly remember my mom standing by the side of the highway, talking on the phone and wearing someone’s fur coat. Another generous bystander that didn’t want her to be cold.

* At the time, my mom wore drugstore reading glasses. She could never find a single pair and was constantly buying them when she was at the grocery store. Once they got our car righted, they sent me in to get anything we might need. I found 12 pair of her reading glasses. No joke.

* My mom swears that one of the paramedics reached under the fur coat she was wearing, grabbed her hips from behind and felt up and down her sides to make sure nothing was “out of alignment.” He did this repeatedly. The rest of us were touched by no one.

* The next morning, my mom’s accident made the front page of the paper. The article started by saying her full name, age 50,… and went on from there. The phone rang all day with people saying, “Oh my God – we didn’t know you were 50!”


My mom will be defending herself on the blog tomorrow. She’ll be answering all of your questions, so if you’ve got a question for her, leave it in the comments section. She’ll answer as many as she can.

In the meantime, you can read more posts about my mom here.

17 Comments

  1. cyndy

    October 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

    These posts about your mom are cracking me up! I can hear her voice in my head because you describe her so well. Love it!

  2. Dawn

    October 18, 2012 at 7:04 am

    You always make me laugh. Your mother must be witty!

  3. Stephanie

    October 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

    That must have been terrifying! Glad you are all ok. My question is: How can we get your mom to start her own blog?

  4. Mom

    October 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Okay now listen – I am sure that I was not yelling “we are all going to die!!” That was you. I was yelling “I’m sorry I’m so sorry” and then I blacked out for a few seconds and wasn’t sure that we had rolled over (let alone several times) until Nick confirmed it .
    I will admit to making more than one call…but I am sure that there are some friends I missed (sorry Connie)….and it was NOT 90 minutes!! And that Paramedic was so nice – he just kept coming back saying he had to check and make sure I was okay – maybe it was several paramedics – I don’t know I was on the phone – but I was quite shocked to discover later that he didn’t check you kids out….
    It was quite the experience for all of us though – and thankfully we weren’t hurt. It’s one of the reasons I still drive a huge Suburban – even though I’m all by myself most of the time. It’s what saved our lives.
    Remember when we met Dad at the restaurant and Nick ate a GIANT breakfast:)

  5. VenusGenetrix

    October 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Dear Anna’s Mom,

    Please share with us some embarrassing stories about your daughter from when she was growing up. Also, what are your own parenting influences?

    Love always,
    My Life And Kids Readers πŸ™‚

  6. Rachel

    October 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Oh my…that was my laugh for the day!

  7. Beth L.

    October 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I just want to know what your dad is like? πŸ˜‰

  8. Rachel

    October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    haha

  9. Janine Huldie

    October 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Your mom sounds like my mom with her age. If I put my mom’s age for all to read on the Internet, I am pretty sure I may head sewn to the carpet the next morning, lol!! Seriously, she has always taken a few years off of her age and if somehow this made it to the front page of the newspaper, she would probably take no prisoners for the person that published that! Thanks though for another cute story and good laugh this morning. You mom is really a great sport letting you share your stories and memories of her here πŸ™‚

  10. Lisa

    October 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    A fifty car pile up at the age of 50! Wow! At least you can joke about it now, but I imagine it was very scary.

  11. Tara

    October 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I love the posts about your mom! She sounds like an awesome lady, I can’t wait for her post tomorrow!

  12. Christine

    October 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I want to know what is her secret to having paramedics feeling her up at the age of 50? Sounds fantastic πŸ˜‰

  13. Michele

    October 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Your Mom stories are the best! She sounds like a wonderful Mom and friend. Silly maybe, but what would her daily post have been like when you and your brother were your little ones ages? I always wonder how my Mom’s generation thought of or struggled with the daily grind of raising little ones. How different were their perceptions? How they did it without Mom blogs to commiserate with?! Not sure I could have survived without it! Michele

  14. sparkling74

    October 19, 2012 at 7:23 am

    My two favorite parts are that she was apologizing for making you almost die. And that someone gave her a fur to wear. Because you must be fashionable when you’re standing beside your wrecked car. Oh and I like that you didn’t die. Because your stories are way too funny to miss.

  15. imklvr

    October 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hey, I got this late! Read her responses before I saw we could ask a question! So let me ask one! Or ten! (oh, where to start, where to start…OK cut to the chase) Will you help me encourage your daughter to write a book? Erma Bombeck style? You KNOW she can do it! (but she has to save the material! Quit giving it away free or no one will by the book! Ya knot-head!)

  16. Jennifer

    November 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Oh my gosh!!!! I was laughing so hard I was crying. This was hilarious. My husband and son were looking at me like I was crazy.

  17. Judy. Grieve

    January 7, 2014 at 8:37 am

    You crack me up! You are just like my 4 daughters and 2 sons! I once canned pears when they were all little. They were mushy so I blended them with a bit of cinnamon and told them it was applesauce. One of them found a chunk of pear in their bite….MAMMA LIED! Whenever there is a “problem” in their life now it’s cause mamma traumatized them! Even yesterday it was brought up because this grown child has trouble sleeping ….musta been the pear sauce! I love your mom!

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