Christmas Day brunch is a tradition at this heathen liberal house and this last Christmas morning I was mixing up yet another pitcher of Mimosas. Everyone was in the kitchen with me, hovering like they do, when my mother-in-law started talking about her good friend, who is the mother of Joe Letteri. Joe Letteri, for all you non-Lord of the Rings' fans, is a visual effects guy who has won lots of awards, including a few Oscars. My mother-in-law was saying that her friend never knows where her son is or what he's working on.
Typical son, never calling his mother with daily updates like he should!
I said to her, "You know, I understand that it doesn't make one bit of difference that he's been so successful to his mom. Win or lose, he's her son. I'm sure all of that makes her proud and really happy for him, but it's not like kids have to reach that level for their mothers to think highly of them. But, just think about it for a second. He's won three Oscars! When she thinks about that, she has to be beside herself with pride! She probably thinks, No one's got nothin' on my boy!"
My mother-in-law said, "She is proud of him. But those things don't matter so much to her."
I said, "Admit it, D, you'd love The Skimmer a lot more if he ever won an Oscar!"
And everyone laughed the way people do when they're working on their third Mimosa before noon.
Over the last few weeks, The Skimmer, Blue Kid and I have watched all three Bourne movies. We were a little unconventional about it. We watched the third one first, then the second and the first one last on Saturday night. We have a new saying in the Blue Mansion, which is...
I'm telling you right now, you don't want to mess with Jason Bourne! You'll be sorry!
I'm usually not a shoot-'em-up, karate chop, a-thousand-car-chases-ending-in-a-thousand-car-crashes-through-the-city kind of movie fan. But, I loved all the Bourne movies.
When he took on every single bad guy in Prague and took them out, then scaled the outside of a tall building to get away yet again, I said, "Can you imagine being Matt Damon's dad? Oh my God! He probably cannot stand it! He's probably like, Yeah, that's my kid and you don't want to mess with him!"
Blue Kid said, "Mom! He loves him no matter what. You're being shallow."
"I understand the concept, Blue Kid, and you're right. I'll bet Matt Damon's dad loved him long before he became Jason Bourne who can kill anyone at any given moment! Hi-ya! All parents are proud. I could go upstairs this very instant and write a whole post about how, at 15 1/2, you are finally brushing your teeth all on your very own without me harping on you about it. Could a mother possibly ask for more? I say no."
He rolled his eyes and shushed me, not quite appreciating the depths of my love and maternal pride.
When Eli Manning lobbed that pass to Plaxico Burress at the end of the Superbowl, scoring the winning touchdown, the camera went to Peyton Manning in his private suite. He jumped up, arms in the air, smiling from ear to ear. Sheer joy.
After I yelled, "Yaayyyyyyyyy! Yippee-Yi-Yo!" I said to The Skimmer, "Can you imagine being Peyton and Eli Manning's parents? My God! It would be too much to take!"
"Is that your new thing, blue girl? That's all you ever say lately."
"I know! But, I can't help it! I can't imagine the pride they feel! It would be unbelievable."
This morning I clicked over to Shakesville and read yesterday's Quote of the Day:
Hillary Clinton, speaking to supporters late SuperTuesday: "I want to thank all my friends and family—particularly my mother, who was born before women could vote and is watching her daughter on this stage tonight."
Melissa ended her post:
Blub is right!
(Tough liberal women sharing a blub moment. Someone alert the media.)
I cannot imagine the pride Hillary's mother feels right now. Probably some anger, too. After all, lots of bad guys are going after Hillary every chance they get. And when they're not going after her, they don't talk about her at all. Last night, her name was hardly even mentioned while I was watching MSNBC, compared to how many times Obama's was. They seem to be covering her now the way they covered Edwards.
But, she's putting up a tough fight. She's the only candidate who I think's got the fight in her that's needed to battle everything that's going to need battled, both in the general election and as president. And the only one who, I believe, will come up on the winning side far more often than the losing one. I think she's one tough cookie.
I imagine Hillary's mother's been watching everything's that been going on, seeing her not backing down, holding her own, getting everything thrown at her and still coming out ahead and thinking... Yeah, that's my kid and you don't want to mess with her!
And I see the same things and feel the same pride and those are the reasons I support Hillary and will vote for her in the Ohio primary March 4.
I'm telling you right now, you don't want to mess with Hillary Clinton! You'll be sorry!