She’s a freak

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Sarcasm and taunting is a reality in my family. While it’s all done in fun, and with love, sometimes it’s a bit disconcerting to outsiders.

When my daughter was elementary school age, I was the typical homeroom mom. A regular visitor at her school, teachers and admins knew me, and her classmates recognized me.

Even though our parent/child relationship was obvious, due to a fear of “mommy-embarrassing-me” possibilities, I did attempt to keep our conversations outside her classroom to a minimum.

I wasn’t always successful.

During a Spring book fair at her school when my daughter was about 10, I was perusing the books with her and one of her friends. For some reason, we fell into our usual sniping and mockery. After making her selection, and me paying for her purchase – and here is where my memory is sketchy – I said something snarky to her, and she replied with a “your mom is…” Without missing a beat, I responded with an emphatic, “your mom’s a FREAK!”

The hilarity of that was instantaneous and we both dissolved into hysterics. I was literally crying I was laughing so hard.

My daughter’s friend was speechless, totally horrified that I just called myself a freak. This made us laugh that much harder.

My daughter is now almost 24, and we still laugh about this. And, I still tell her that her mom is a freak.

The Trifecta challenge this week is: Freak [noun \ˈfrēk\] 3: one that is markedly unusual or abnormal: as a) a person or animal having a physical oddity and appearing in a circus sideshow

Author: Tara R.

I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

18 thoughts

  1. These are the kind of stories that I love telling & sharing. My mom and I are so much alike and have a really good time teasing each other about the likeness, about the things that drive other people crazy that we happen to both do. Mothers and daughters are a special kind of bond, even when we’re teasing the heck out of each other.

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  2. I totally love that little snippet; those random and hilarious moments that other people aren’t quite sure about are the best memories around, generally the weirder the better. Thank you for the smile 🙂

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  3. This reminds me of my family of 5 sisters. We talk to each other like this – so much sarcasm, but in good fun. We laugh about it and have stories that we retell when we get together. Nothing like it. Thanks for taking us on a tour of your life and the humor that goes with it!

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  4. Those are the best moments in life… those spontaneous moments that stick with you all those years later. So often it’s simple things like your sarcastic exchange with your daughter, and not the pre-planned, supposed-to-be perfect events that end up making the best memories.

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