Thursday, December 8, 2016

HAVE YOUR PARENTS EVER EMBARRASSED YOU?

The answer to this question is a resounding YES! During my teen years, one could say that I was the popular kid, getting involved in tons of activities, and always the life of the party.  None of that mattered however when friends came to visit who ended up being entertained by a mom with absolutely no rhythm, yet still insisted on dancing.  To make matters worse, my dad jumped in doing a crazy dance called the Mashed Potato.  

Uhhhh... Why are you moving around proudly with a dance that's something we actually eat, Dad?
My friends laughed uproariously and loved my parents, but all I wanted to do was slink off into a tiny and very invisible corner to hide.



Fast forward  a zillion years later to those modern teenage years of my son who happened to be a track and football star, with a ton of friends.
They usually spent the night at our house, and by the time they left the next day, it surely seemed as if the pantry and refrigerator had been raided.  Every hot dog, bags of chips, fruit drinks and candy had all magically disappeared, yet no one could explain it. If you've heard this before, raise your hand.  In fact, we used to call our son The Silent Ninja during that phase of his life.

 All your kids' friends thought you were the cool mom, right? (lol)   My son NEVER understood that, and to make matters worse, if they danced, I happily jumped in, to the embarrassment of my son.
You'd think I would have learned from my parents, right? But I couldn't seem to stop as my feet glided across the floor every single time. And every single time, my son turned the music off once I started dancing, hoping I'd get the message to just leave the room.

The other thing he really hated - I couldn't give relationship advice to any of his friends, no matter how many times they asked.(They asked a lot)  It was only safe for me to say hello and goodbye, but only if he was in the room. (lol)  Apparently, he didn't trust me to not break out into The Electric Slide.

Oh, I almost forgot.  He didn't really want anyone to know he knew me, so other than a half-hearted wave, I was pretty much ignored if we ever showed up to the mall at the same time.

Inquiring minds are wondering if you've ever done something that had your kids cringing inside, and wishing you could just leave the face of the earth?  Did you do something so over the top as an adult that you embarrassed the entire family?

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20 comments:

  1. Lol. My parents tend to scurry away when I have friends over so no. Not really. My brothers, though is a different matter altogether. Gah. My older brother's speech at my wedding still makes me want to kill him, I swear.

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    1. Man, you sure were lucky (lol) I can relate to the brother thing and had several friends get hung up on when they called. I sure wish I could have been a fly on the wall to hear that speech! (lol)

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  2. "Mashed Potato" -- that's a blast from the past!

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    1. LOL! - Tell me about it. Hugs...

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  3. My parents were horribly embarrassing though looking back I can't remember anything they actually did! I was actually deemed acceptable by my teenagers which is apparently pretty huge but I was definitely not aiming to be a cool mom. All those sleepovers can take place at someone else's house on someone else's grocery budget thank you very much! And btw girls aren't any better on wiping the house clean of everything edible!

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    1. Hey Katherine. I had no idea that girls could be dangerous in the kitchen during my sleep mode, and thought only boys were the culprit. I have a 6 year old granddaughter I need to keep an eye on, huh? (lol) Hope your day is going well! Hugs...

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  4. My parents were good at embarrassing me when I was a teen... I truly cringed at those times... now I laugh, it really was no big deal... My oldest was never embarrassed by me, which I was surprised as I am pretty goofy and loud... that's just me. My youngest gets embarrassed by me easily, it's too funny... I am much older with her though... lol xox

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    1. I remember for sure, and I know my son remembers even though he'll be 33 soon. (lol) You're right, we do both laugh about it now. It's funny to see the things our kids do that will have them talking when they're all grown up. Hope your day is great with the tree decorating! Hugs...

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  5. The Mashed Potato, lol!

    I think we've all gone through this and we pass it on to our kids. I think it's because we want to be cool or accessible that we cross that line and try to be their friends? lol

    Happy weekend ahead!

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    1. The irony is that back then, my son would tell anyone who listened that I was super strict, so he had a hard time believing that his friends thought I was fun. I'm just waiting to cross that line with my 6 year old granddaughter in the next 7 years, so I can tell you all about it. (lol) Hugs...

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  6. I had strict parents, but I only had one embarrassing moment caused by my dad being hard of hearing (working around Air Force jets and the hanger for so many years) and he 'heard' something I didn't say which made him flip out around my first boyfriend. And, even though they were strict, most teens glommed to my parents as the cool ones even with all the rules that were for anyone in our house or out with our family. Then again, my dad did really cool things (surfed, windsurfed, skiied, rode motorcycles, sports, camping, parties, etc).

    LOL, I'm too quiet so I never flipped out the kids that way (that was my husband's job) though I'm pretty strict and got flack for that.

    You sound like a great parent and have fun with the granddaughter, Ro.

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    1. Girl, I was super strict with my son, which is why he didn't see my fun potential until he was 18. (lol)So I totally relate. Those planes were loud. We had a chance to spend time at hangars during basic training, and my goodness! Your dad sounds like he did all the things I wish I had the courage to do, like surfing and skiing. In fact, skiing is still on my bucket list for one day. Your kids sound blessed. Happy Saturday! Hugs...

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  7. My parents used to embarrass me all the time.

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    1. Hey Mary! Happy you're back!!!!! Hugs...

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  8. Kids get embarrassed at ANYTHING their parents do, especially once they're teens. I think that's part of trying to bond with their peers and find their own way in the world. I remember even at 14 or so, not wanting to walk close to my parents in the mall because it was uncool to go places with your parents at that age. They weren't even doing anything and they were embarrassing me!

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    1. LOL! Step, it sounds like you and I were at opposite ends of the mall because my son dared not be seen with me either as a teen! Now that he's almost 32, he's totally different, and I have to laugh about that. I'll bet you have lots of fun stories from when you were a kid. Hugs...

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  9. Bwhahaha Ro that's too funny. I only have the herd and honestly I probably make them cringe but more because I make them dress up and wear goofy things ;)

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    1. That's always fun! Luckily, you've been spared, but people tell me all the time that I'm super quirky. I'll wear a Cat in the Hat hat, or a Witch's hat just because. So you see why my son tried to hide me. (lol)

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  10. My youngest daughter is 16 and apparently embarrassed every time I speak to her friends. (Oh the horror. My mom acted like my friends cared she existed!)

    My older daughter, however, says her friends consider us "chill." We have three times provided a sanctuary to friends of hers needing a safe place to stay because their situation at home became dangerous. We have opened our doors, set up temporary beds, fed them, whatever was needed.

    How can we be a safe haven for the friends of one daughter and the soul-killing embarrassment of another all at the same time ...? Only a teenage girl could explain.

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    1. Wow! The world needs way more people like you Dianne. Our young people often feel misunderstood and lonely driving them to commit suicide more times than we can imagine. I hope you one day write a book about that to tell your story. I'm just thrilled to know that you and your family are there, and that I sort of know such a chill lady. When my son was 16, he felt the exact same way. Never mind that until everyone had their license I was the designated driver for movie, sports and mall pickups, so all the kids got an earful on the drive home. (lol) Super Saturday to you.

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