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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My wild and crazy Mother

Mom in 1936
My humor came from my Dad, but I got my craziness from my Mom.  Moomer (that's what everyone called her) was the most outrageous person I ever knew.  She got scolded as a teen for 'jazzing' up the hymns on the church organ and caused a scandal by showing up at the town pool in a home made bikini.  It was no big deal to her, but in 1936, it was shocking to everyone else! 

She was ahead of her time, she listened to  pop and rock radio and won tickets to a Rolling Stones concert in 1981.  She went to the concert and had a blast, she was only 62!  While everyone else was getting stoned, she was drinking coke spiked with Geritol. 

She bought me wigs, crocheted me bikinis, made me wild outfits and called the school officials "old fuddy-duddies" when I did something inappropriate at school.  She made 2 sets of clothes for me, wild ones and plain ones and told people I was twins.  One day, she couldn't pick me up at school, so she sent a cop friend to get me.  He showed up lights flashing and took me out in handcuffs and put me in the back of the cruiser.  They laughed about it for hours and I was 'totally cool' the next day at school!

She might have been 'older', but she was the 'coolest' Mom around.  She loved to laugh, dance and make silly faces and all my friends wished their Mom was like mine.  She is the reason I feel comfortable singing my wacky song parodies, dressing up in silly costumes and writing these stories!  I wish she was here to read them.

I miss you, Moomer. 

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. She is watching you from Heaven with a smile on her face.

  2. Your 'Moomer' was one super cool dudess.

  3. Linda Giorgilli RiceMay 9, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom! She lives on in your precious nature, and ability to love and laugh. How special! P.S. She is with you and is smiling all the way.

  4. Bev, what a wonderful story about your Mom ! You are your Mommy's daughter, you bring much humor and happiness in a Parkie's life ! My mom passed away 3 years ago in February, I miss her so much ! Thanks!

  5. Such wonderful memories of a delightful mother, she shared her love of fun with you and for that we are all grateful.