Question of the Day

With regard to my earlier post featuring Mama Shakes, I thought a good question tonight would be: What do/did you love most about your mum?

I know that not everyone gets on with their mums, so if you'd prefer to talk about a favorite aunt, or a grandma, or an older sister or friend, or any other sort of mum-substitute, that absolutely counts.

There are a lot of things I love about Mama Shakes, but the two things that come most immediately to mind are:

1. Her silliness: She introduced me Ed Wood films (she taped Glen or Glenda off the TV back in the '80s), old anti-drug films like Marijuana: The Killer Weed (in spite of having never even smoked a joint), and Monty Python (we have silly-walked all over the country together); I can get her laughing like nobody's business with the crappiest Dick Cheney impersonation of all time; and, hello, she lets me post silly pictures of her!

2. Her continual yearning to learn new things: She and I often look for answers in different places, but she has set a great example for me of someone who spends a life never feeling as though there's nothing left to know. And I like talking to her about the stuff she's exploring, whether it's something as big as universal grace or something as intimate as an aspect of her own personality.

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