Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Too kool for skool

When you're in the midst of raising teenagers -- and dealing with how embarrassing they find you -- it's hard to get perspective on your worth as a person.

Granted, I don't feel I have done my job as a parent if I haven't embarrassed at least one child every day, but really, it can be brutal on your self-esteem to have your VERY BEING squashed by those little pishers.

So imagine my surprise and delight to find Danni, one of my colleagues, who is not quite a year older than Drummer Man.

And who finds me cool.

I talk about the Roo-girl and all my efforts for the cheer team on her behalf.

"Coolest mom ever," whispers Danni.

"How do you make Lady Gaga cry," I ask all my co-workers. "Poke 'er face ..."

"Coolest mom EVER," Danni says to no one in particular.

My phone rings. It's Wonderhubby. This is his ringtone.

"COOLEST MOM EVER," crows Danni.

I usually shrug and laugh. It just tickles me that this 20something finds me a cool mom.

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During my staycation last week, I had lunch with an old newspaper colleague -- actually a longstanding friend of almost 30 years. The girlfriend who made this.

I told my friend about being the named the coolest mom ever. As the mother of a 17-year-old know-it-all daughter, she could definitely relate, and we laughed about how clever we are when we embarrass our girls.

She asked about my family -- about my mom. We talked about how active my parents are, how they are going to be 80 next year, and about the pole-dancing grandma and her CFM shoes.

She laughed as I recounted the horror of my siblings and my children over the shoes and the g-string.

And then she grinned at me.

"Coolest mom ever," she said.

Touche.

14 comments:

Momo Fali said...

You are the coolest mom ever. I've been telling you that I want your family to adopt me! I'm not kidding!

Jenni said...

It must be genetic. I've been wondering how old your mom is since you showed that pic of her. She looks more like 65! Maybe it was the lighting or the angle. Then again, maybe it's the pole dancing!

Trannyhead said...

Even Gene Simmons' kids find him mortifying ... and he's a member of KISS!

PS - You're way cooler than Granilla.

LceeL said...

Okay - which Mom was she talking about? You .. or yours? Because, although I think you're pretty darn cool - I think I know where you got it from. I do.

Jill said...

You are my hero! I have a long time before my boys are teenagers, but your blog is like a tutorial for me, readying me for the day when get the honor of embarrassing my kids on a daily basis. Coolest mom ever? Hell yeah!

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Just because THEY don't acknowledge it doesn't mean you're NOT the coolest mom.

Ever!

That's (them missing it) more about them than it is about you!

And, who cares if we're not considered the Coolest moms ever by our kids? The fact that we KNOW we are and that we are the coolest FRIENDS ever, I say, is enough!

Thanks for being a Grat (and very cool) friend!

Janet

nikki said...

I only hope to be as cool as you.

Embarrassing a teenager? No greater joy in the world.

Burgh Baby said...

Psst . . . I happen to know for a fact that you are even cooler than your mom. How cool is that?

That Chick Over There said...

I have that ringtone too! Kick-ass!

justmylife said...

I have always knew you were the coolest mom ever.....right behind me. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Really you are a cool mom, who else has a pole dancing Grandma!

Daisy said...

I haven't qualified as a "cool mom" yet - well, not in a long time. Maybe I can be a cool grandma some day. I'll look into pole dancing lessons!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

OK now I totally have to go check out the pole dancing post. I'm beyond curious. This is what I get for forgetting about your fabulous existence whilst I've been in my hidey-hole. I have missed way too much!

Janet said...

Ah. Well done. Yes, you are the coolest mom ever. you are my role model. I'm already adept at embarrassing my 5-year-old. By the time she's 14, I'll be gold.

Jaina said...

Haha, it's true. And you are one of the coolest mom's ever. (I have to say one of, because my mom is pretty cool too) I still can't get over the pole dancing, seriously.

 
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