Monday, November 10, 2008

Conversations With My Mama

We've spent every night up very late talking. So needless to say, my makeup has not been taken off every night like it should. I'm too tired. It's not escaped her noticed.

Mama: A-chan, you must take off make-up before you go bed. You will look old faster if you sleep with makeup on night time.
A: Yes, mama.
Mama: You are too pretty daughter. I don't want you look old too early.
A: Yes, mama.

She has fallen into her mama role very naturally. LOL!

I was wondering what her husband and sons liked, so I could find appropriate souvenirs for her to take back to Japan.

A: Mama, does your husband and your sons like baseball?
Mama: Yes, very much. But I do not like baseball. I like American football.
A: (a little surprised) Really?
Mama: Yes, I like Cowboys.
A: (wondering if she's just being polite because we're from Texas.) You like the Cowboys?
Mama: Yes, I like uniforms. Tight pants on man look very nice.

Of course! How have I missed that all these years???

We are entering the Asian grocery market and a Chinese lady standing at a sample table immediately starts going on and on in Chinese to my mama.

Mama: I sorry. I am Japanese.
Chinese Lady: You like dumpling sample?
Mama: No thank you.
Mama: (turning to me in a whisper, as we walk away) Do I look Chinese to you?

Hahaha! I moved to the mainland US when I was 17. After being raised around mostly Polynesian and Asian folks, I remember thinking all these caucasian folks look so alike. I guess even Asians look too similar to other Asians.

At my friend's baby shower on Saturday morning, my mother-in-law walked around with a platter of cappuccinno cupcakes. She bent down to offer some to my mama, sitting next to me, whose plate was still very full of breakfast foods.

Mama: No thank you.
A: No thank you.
Mama: (turning to me in a whisper) I already eat three!

Like me, she sneaks her sweets! :-)

We're eating dinner at our local favorite Mexican restaurant. N and I ordered her a large dinner sampler with a taco, a tamale, an enchilada and the customary beans and rice. I didn't expect she'd eat it all, but I wanted her to try a little of everything. She plowed through almost everything and I remember thinking she must have been really hungry. I ordered a box to go from our waiter because I was full and wanted to take my leftovers home. When he brought it and I started scooping my food into it, she stopped mid-bite to watch me.

Mama: A-chan, you take food home?
A: Yes, mama. I am full and we can eat this later.
Mama: (sighing deeply) I did not know. In Japan, it rude to not eat everything on your plate. I tell myself, "Eat, eat, eat. Go, go, go. Don't think full tummy, think empty tummy. Eat more, eat more!"

LOL! Bless her heart. When I got home I showed her the wonders of unbuttoning your pants and using a Bella Band. She is now a big fan. Along with chips, guacamole, and margaritas! We sat in front of the boob tube and relaxed, watching cute men in tight pants.


The Mills Gang said...

I am so glad that you guys are having a good time! I've been wondering how it's going! I seriously laughed aloud when I read, "Yes, I like uniforms. Tight pants on man look very nice." That is great!!!!!! :)

Flakymn said...

What a great post Funky! I loved this!

Philip, Joia and Keenan said...

Funky, You don't even know me, I'm a friend of Wendi's, but I just had to tell you how much I have enjoyed these posts about your mom's visit! Priceless.. =)

Ron said...

A few weeks after you were born, Grandma came to babysit and we had a night out with a friend and his girlfriend. We went to a radio station sock hop. The difference between a radio station sock hop and a high school sock hop is basic; alcohol was served legally and cost money.

Your "mama" enjoyed a few drinks and had everyone at the table in stitches with more than a few pithy commentaries. My friend's girl friend leaned toward "mama," laughing to tears, and said, "Honey, you're beautiful. I love you!"

To which "mama" replied, "Oh, really. Are you lesbian?"

It was downhill from there.


Team Davis said...

Love the stories! Seriously laughing out loud. Gald you are having so much fun together! Keep 'em coming! :)

Nature Nut said...

Sweet stories!

The Duseks said...

Wow! How funny that you've never met her yet she seems exactly like you in so many ways! I bet you're having a blast!

The Kings said...

I love the conversation about the Cowboys, that was hilarious. I am very happy that you guys are having such a wonderful time. Still praying for you!

Elisa said...

Love the stories - even more so since I got to meet her Saturday! She is simply fantastic!

Love you-

The Kennedy's said...

SO fun!!!

Cubstarr said...

OH MY!!! Your mum is SO CUTE!!! =)

happy gram said...

i LOVE her comments and reactions to things. is that typical? i hope the joy that came through in your posts stays with you forever! jan