Derby memories and Mother Taught Me

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hey, do you have Kentucky Derby memories? Do you have plans for Mother’s Day? What a dilemma for Kentucky children.

I thought about sharing my Kentucky Derby memories and following with a special mother’s day post. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized, I don’t have that many derby memories.

I have never been to the derby and honestly have no desire to go. To get tickets is like trying to go to the superbowl and the infield, well it is just dangerous. I have always chosen to attend derby parties with friends.

My derby memories are simple. I won a lot on one horse, “Goforgin” and as to derby parties, I remember lunch and not much else, except for… my one and only mint julep.

While attending a fancy derby party I ordered and was handed the traditional derby concoction. I looked down and instantly became confused. Do I drink it or mow it?

A mint julep is suppose to be bourbon, simple syrup, ice and a sprig of mint; I received the mint plant with a splash of the other three. Needless to say the barkeep was having as good a time as I was and I never forget that julep.

My mother on the other hand has given me a lifetime of memories. I realize too, as you read the list below some of her wisdom will be lost because well… you weren’t there. But I want my mom to remember and have a good laugh on her special day.

What my Mother taught me…

My Mother taught me… the more I ironed the more allowance I got. As an adult I love no-iron shirts.

My Mother taught me… even an ordinary oven can become a pet incubator. Talk about awkward; try explaining to a neighbor why your new born puppies are in the oven.

My Mother taught me… recipes are for wimps. If it does not taste right, “Doctor it.”

My Mother taught me… deafness to bigotry, color blindness to skin tone and to speak only the truth; my dad taught me the right hook.

My Mother taught me… to fear a spatula. Yes, kitchen utensils can instill fear but not as much as the belt that came home with dad.

My Mother taught me… never leave a chocolate cake unattended when you have a pet groundhog.

My Mother taught me… drunks are harmless when you unleash 5 small children on them.

My Mother taught me… bubble gum, when chewed fast enough by your children, can repair a leaky foundation.

My mother taught me… if you continuously leave the price tag on gifts, eventually it becomes your “From” label.

My Mother taught me… basic first-aid can transcend species. She once saved a birthing cow with only full arm plastic gloves and a bucket of ice cubes. (Don’t ask, this is a short story all to it’s self) Let me just say, we survived the machine gun attack.

Mom, (Yes, she reads this) I love you and our memories. The smiles you provided throughout our childhood has made us forever your smiling gift to the world. I will be always be proud of that fact.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Peace people, call your mom!


Kathie @ Like A Box Of Chocolates said, 

what a sweet post. I hope your mom has a lovely Mother's Day!

May 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

What Awesome memories with a Great mother!!! I certainly didn't learn any of that from my mother.. except for wanting only 'no iron' clothes as an adult. :-)

Happy Mother's day to your Mom, Jules!!!
Hugs to you both!! XOXO ~Coreen

May 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

I do hope your mother has a wonderful Mothers' Day,
We celebrated ours in March/April.
My mother taught me many things which I have always tried to live by.

Enjoy your week-end; Jules.

May 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM  
Summer Ross said, 

Sweet post Jules- but now I'm curious about all this little short stories- I want to know more LOL Have a great weekend.

May 6, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Sweet post! :)

I hope your mom has a great Mother's Day!

May 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM  
Karen Lange said, 

Your Mom sounds like a smart lady! Have a great weekend! :)

May 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Blasphemous Aesthete said, 

Your mother gave you real practical lessons. And yet I find them so hilarious, well not all, but many of them.

Happy Mothers Day :)

Blasphemous Aesthete

May 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Ella said, 

These are great Jule's Mom and Jules~
Now I only wish you post the stories
behind all of these! Yeah, c'mon you can do it!
Puppies in the oven...reminds me of when my Mom's neighbor stopped by. I was living with her between hubby's duty station's; he was out to sea.
Anyhoo...we were making pbutter dog bones, we hand shaped them into bones. My neighbor walks in oooh, cookies and helps herself. She liked them and grabbed another.
Happy Mother's Day Jules Mom! @>----

May 6, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
li said, 

*Gasping with laughter* that reminds me of the All Creatures Great and Small episode where James saves a cow with a prolapsed uterus using sugar and a beer bottle. You really MUST share some of these stories when you get a chance, please!!! I call my Mum faithfully once a week, she's my biggest fan.
As for the Derby, I'd forgotten that was coming up. I had a story accepted, it involves a horse race of sorts, and now I'm praying it's published on Derby weekend! And, in your honour, I shall drink my first mint julep. Happy weekend! x

May 6, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Arlee Bird said, 

Wait a minute! I think we need to know more about this pet groundhog.

Have a great Derby time!

Tossing It Out

May 6, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
N. R. Williams said, 

Great post. My mother taught me that when I was annoying she would break into song. "Mother, mother, pin a rose on me." To this day, that song has baffled me.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

May 6, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Tammy said, 

Okay...I want to hear the cow story, the groundhog story and possibly the incubating puppy story if it ends well, and I suspect it does because I know you're an animal lover. Much happiness and mint juleps to Mom on her day!

May 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
GigglesandGuns said, 

Holy Cow! (no pun intended) I think I know your mom.
Just kidding but she sounds cool. Kiss her for me on Sunday.

May 6, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Teresa aka JW said, 

Moms are a great thing. I should know, I am one! :)

Love what you learned. I learn from my mom every time I am near her something about her quiet spirit and kind heart.


May 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Elliot Grace said, 

Dearest Jules, that was a fantastic tribute to your mother:)

On a truly freaky side note, I'm currently fiddling with a story about a young girl with a gift for speed...and as for her name...why it's "Derby" Wayne. How crazy is that?)


May 6, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
February Grace said, 

Another magic post that made me both laugh and tear up. I just love your way with words.


May 7, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

I have no derby memories in me. I don't see the appeal, but I know many disagree.

I love your "My mother taught me" section. I hear you on the first one! And I like the one about prejudice. I can thank my mom for that one too.

May 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Laura said, 

Lovely post and nice to meet you! I found you over at Li's Flash Fiction blog this evening. Gorgeous memories of your mother - looking forward to the cow short story in the future though! :)
Laura x

May 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
L'Aussie said, 

Hey there Jules. Well my memories of the Kentucky Derby are pretty scant, but my memories of the Melbourne Cup in Australia is another story, ha ha. I've read quite a few posts from Lisa Potts I think who posts a lot about it.

Anyway, I did a Mother's Day post today, but yours is much more deep and meaningful. I loved reading it. Well, our mothers taught us lots of things, but not all necessarily great - like you 'love' of ironing. The best thing my mum gave me is my love of books and writing.

Romantic Friday Writers - first challenge - Dire Moments

May 8, 2011 at 4:14 AM  
Tracy said, 

That was very sweet! I know your mom will love it and remember ALL those times with a smile and a tug on her heart.
I can't wait until you write about the story of the cow birthing...something to look forward to!
Happy Mother's Day to you and your four-legged children!

May 8, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Paula said, 

Your Mom can be glad to have you s her daughter. Love from my heart to yours! Paula

May 8, 2011 at 2:28 PM  
floweringmama said, 

:-) I have never had any desire to go to the Derby either. A friend of mine goes but she lives there.

Happy mom's day!

Oh and I bet your Mom is a hoot!

May 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said, 

I saw your Label/Tag cloud listed on the side and so went to KENTUCKY and this was the first one that popped up... (I love your sense of humor!) What a great Mother's Day post. :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
...never been to the Derby when we lived in KY. My hubby and I did make it to the Derby Ball the year our younger daughter was a Derby princess, but at the time, since we lived in (and still do) Georgia, we were limited on the time we were able to be in KY, so didnt get to the actual Derby races.

May 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM  
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