|Super Moon at rest in a bed of clouds|
The moon is nice when you look at it with your mom who loves the moon. The moon is something different when it shines in your window and onto your bed when you're there with a lover.
Your mom is fabulous when she's the fun mom. When your friends want to come to your house. Your mom is your savior when you're pregnant and she doesn't shame you. She's all you've got when you're in a hospital flat on your back for a month 300 miles from home--and she's there because she's gotten herself a room in a rooming house and she's all you need. She is something different when she's old and she can't hear and you can't hear her because she mumbles and her teeth are loose and her throat is full of phlegm. She's something difficult and dangerous when she can't remember that she's not supposed to pick things up off the floor. But your mom is still your mom and she's superhuman, or so it seems. When you take her out in her pretty earrings, people flock around her like she's a baby in a carriage. They smile and talk and she nods while she looks to you to answer all the questions.
The yacht club across the water had an open house today, and so we drove the less than 1/10th of a mile to get there, made a grand entrance gliding down the handicapped ramp while all the nice yacht club ladies scurried around inside to find the right chair, clear a path to the buffet. "I'm the oldest person here," my mom announced. "Join," the woman who sat down at our table said to me, "You need to get out of the house." My mom swears she will go out to eat with me once a month if I do. There are no monthly dues. Just a minimum to spend. "We can eat and drink that in one night," my mom exclaimed. "Bring her once a month," the woman said. "You come more often."
Yacht. I don't have one. I don't need one, but I might need a yacht club right across the water. Yacht. Every time I hear that word, I think of some article I read ages ago about inner city poor kids and standardized tests. It was one of the words very few of them knew, the article said, citing this as proof of an inherent bias. Since then I've wondered if very rich urban kids could use the word combine as a noun. My mom could use both those words in a sentence. That seems like a marvel to me right now.
AND this morning I have a new post up at Birthmother. Click the link below and to the left if you'd like to read it.