My mother is 71, smart and hilarious. She reads constantly (mostly mysteries and thrillers), but can't spell to save her life. Among her favorite TV shows are "Falling Skies" and "The Walking Dead." I suppose all those years of my influence finally paid off. She loves flowers, especially carnations; tea roses and petunias. She loves watching the birds at the feeder in the garden, where hydrangeas and Chinese lilies are just starting to bloom. She's also a constant source of entertainment for my sister and I, thanks to her infamous mispronunciations, Spoonerisms and down right malapropisms.
She's always done this, but we've just started finding them increasingly funny and I thought I should share. And just to let you know a little about her often surprising sense of humor, when the Brendan Fraser version of The Mummy came out on DVD, we sat down to watch it and in her best Tom Cruise, Mom shouted: "Show me The Mummy!" Now this is funny for two reasons - first, what an hilariously unexpected pun from her. But second, and more importantly, she has never seen Jerry Maguire and has no idea what she's referencing other than something she's heard a lot of other people say, a lot.
The truly hilarious malaprops started to become classics about 5 or 6 years ago (maybe more). I found her with the TV tuned to the PBS cooking show "America's Test Kitchen" and asked her what she was watching, to which she replied: "America's Test Chicken." Needless to say, that's what we both now call it. I wish had written them all down (and if I remember any, I'll post them), but it's never to late to start.
I will probably update this blog less frequently than Caliban's Revenge, and I'll certainly do less linking but I'll try to post every time Mom says something funny! That 'Sh*t My Dad Says' guy has nothing on me...