Thank you, Mother.

on April 24, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 10 comments by

For my first gray hair.

Let me tell you some background- one time, a few years ago, my mom passed out in the middle of the night and was lying on the bathroom floor like she was dead. It totally freaked ALL of us out.

Yesterday, I was up in my room after school. I started hearing the sound like someone was choking. That sound, you know? The one that makes you think there is a Cadbury Egg lodged in someone’s throat? And they are struggling to get it out? Yeah, that sound.

Mom and I were the only ones at home. So I yelled down the stairs to her, “Mama?”

Nothing. But a deeper choking sound. Twice.

So I hollered louder- “MAMA?!? ARE YOU OKAY?!?”

Three quick choking sounds.

In my mind, I was certain that my mother was having some sort of seizure or trying to give herself the heimlich maneuver.

My adrenalin kicked in, I jumped out of bed [sue me, I love to nap] and ran down the stairs.

And there was Mama.

Sitting at the kitchen table.

Practicing her Chinese pronunciation.

Yes, my mother is learning Chinese. And apparently “Good morning, professor” in Chinese sounds a lot like “Please call 911. I am having a grand mal seizure!” in English.

It took a good 7-8 minutes before my hands stopped shaking, I was so worked up.

And it took the same amount of time for my mom to stop laughing.

A little piece of me will never recover from that panic. I think I aged 6 years in that one moment. I literally felt a gray hair grow out of my scalp directly above the “panic” area of my brain.

But it was sure blog-worthy. I hope you enjoyed it.


  1. Mel
    posted on Apr 24, 2008 at 7:28 AM  |  reply

    Ha ha ha! That is hilarious!

  2. Sally
    posted on Apr 24, 2008 at 3:12 PM  |  reply

    i havent laughed that hard in a while…i love you and our mom.

  3. Marie-Claire
    posted on Apr 24, 2008 at 3:26 PM  |  reply

    I’m with Sally. That’s incredible.

  4. becky
    posted on Apr 24, 2008 at 6:12 PM  |  reply

    really classic, I won’t soon forget this one!

  5. Micah & Shireen
    posted on Apr 24, 2008 at 8:53 PM  |  reply

    Sorry about the gray hair, but worth the laugh!!! Chinese…that is funny!

  6. Katie
    posted on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:21 AM  |  reply

    Well hello there long lost cousin of mine… I just ventured to your blog for the first time, in oh, I’d say 8 months or so… and well, I was delighted to get the update on your life. The Nashville word had leaked down this way, but didn’t know the details. Glad Pam didn’t choke on an egg… haha! too funny of a story. Take care.

  7. Chip
    posted on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:53 AM  |  reply

    What’s a nap? It sounds familiar …

  8. Sarah Markley
    posted on Apr 25, 2008 at 4:23 AM  |  reply

    Okay…Chinese. So random. Listen to this:

    Yesterday I took the girls to Chick-fila (yes, we have like one here) and they gave us in the kids meal a learn to speak chinese cd. I know, random.

    So of course we listened to it (and practiced) as were were driving home.

    Late last night, after Hope was already asleep, I went into check on her and cover her up…she started talking in her sleep…in Chinese.

    No choking, but hilarious, nonetheless. =)

  9. Writeaway
    posted on Apr 28, 2008 at 1:49 AM  |  reply

    And your mother is learning Chinese because….. ???

  10. carolineb
    posted on Apr 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM  |  reply

    I love that story. And, Pam is amazing.

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