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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Making My Mom Cry {in a good way}

It is really easy to make my mom cry. For example, when I was 11 years old, we rented the movie Ghost Dad. I’m sure you remember Ghost Dad because it was awesome, and by awesome I mean, um, not so awesome. But who are we to judge? I loved that movie regardless of how cheesy it was. I’ll never forget the moment when Bill Cosby (the one and only Ghost Dad!) said goodbye to his family looking over to discover my mom’s face streaming with tears. Like good children do, we laughed at her. She laughed, too, though. And we still tease her about crying at Ghost Dad. This isn’t Steel Magnolias, folks. She deserves to be teased.

With the advent of social media, my ability to make my mom cry has increased ten-fold. I can post a video to Facebook or a photo to Instagram and predict which ones are going to do her in. I’ve even called her a few minutes after posting just to catch her in the act. Let’s be honest, I am a cryer, too. I cannot deny that I inherited this trait and have, in fact, passed it on to Cate!

This photo on Instagram just about did her in the other day.

kids walking at Y

I have to admit that I didn’t predict this one as well. I knew she’d love it, but I didn’t know it would send her to tears. But it did. And, on retrospect, I can see why.

I recently had the opportunity to make a personalized Mother’s Day card for my mom through I knew immediately I had to use that photo. It’s one thing to see your grandkids randomly pop up on Instagram to brighten your day (and make you cry). It’s another to have the photo printed out for your desk at work to look at any time you want (and potentially cry in front of all your co-workers).

While I could have had CardStore address and stamp the card to send directly to my mom (so handy!), I decided to have it shipped to me first so we could personalize the card even further, with a few notes from the kids and a hand-addressed envelope. The card arrived a few days ago and it is beautiful and will for sure make her cry. Mission accomplished! Mother's Day Card

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I take great pride in making people cry. (I did it at least 3 times this weekend at Big Traveling Potluck, including The Pioneer Woman, Bakerella and Maggy from Three Many Cooks. Booyah!) So, go make an awesome card and let’s all make our moms cry together! Logo


  1. 1

    I don’t Even have it yet and yes, tears already! Love you!!!

  2. 2

    Very, very sweet and a wonderful idea! I have a “survey” that I fill out about my mom – the same 20 questions every year. And now my kids do it for my mom (“Grammy”) as well. Same thing for Father’s Day. It’s fun to see how the answers change over the years (and some answers stay the same). These personalized gifts beat anything store bought! 😉

    p.s. I’ve never seen Ghost Dad! Can’t believe it!

    • Jane Maynard

      love the survey idea – so cool!

      and, um, probably not missin’ much with ghost dad. sorry, bill cosby! 😉

  3. 3

    I think it’s hilarious that you “take great pride in making people cry”. One of my “proudest” moments was having a personal life experience so touching that it made my therapist cry! Luckily, I’m a big cryer too so it wasn’t too awkward.

    • Jane Maynard

      I think maybe it’s because WE are cryers, so we know what it means to cry! 🙂 that is awesome you made your therapist cry. 100 points for you!

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