My mother never swore or very rarely used swear words when I was a child. Once in a while she would swear. This was always a surprise to me. My mother knew swear words and even more astounding, she said them. Mother is very proper. She always used big words , words to get her meaning across to me. Mom also corrected my pronunciation and told me what the word meant and how to use it. Swearing was not part of our speech. Today was a different story.
So, during my visit with Mama, she suddenly took a detour around sanity and started to swear. Some how she had the idea I was standing in the toilet and someone, anyone, could just shit on me. OKAY. This language is not the norm. It is out there, way out in left field for my mother to swear.
I had to laugh, just a little, because it struck me as funny. No big words were spoken, just a word while demanding me to move. Her fierce look of indignation was so Mother. Even during a detour into dementia, Mom still is a force to be reckoned with.
It took a little while of reasoning before she believed me. Other than the little blip, her mind was working well and she promised to be nice to my brother when he comes for a visit. My brother is being a wimp. If I can take the detours, the angry bursts, the “you are not my child” talk then he should be able to handle it too. Come on buck up, brother and be a man.
Actually, a lot of my siblings and half-siblings are not visiting, much to my indignation!
And, lest you think I never swear…nope, I can swear like a trooper when things are rapidly heading south. Staying true to my roots, “bloody hell” is often heard when stress levels are high. I once had a necklace which said, “Oh Shit” of which I wore to work when I toiled for someone else, back in the olden days. I know, shocking, isn’t it.
You know there are just times when a good old swear word fits the bill. Today, my very proper Mom swore to make her point. Then sanity returned. The best part of all, she knows who I am and loves me. Today was a good day.
I know, a long post instead of a short one. Barb, you did warn me.
Stay warm. Stay safe. Stay loved.