Friday, August 17, 2007

The Recorded Past

My mom is an attractive woman and a fashionista.

We went to Seattle a few weeks ago and stayed with her. (Self-flagellators can see photos here.)

I wear the same size clothing that my mom wears for the first time in my life and while we were at her house I stood in her fashion-filled walk-in closet thinking,

“Damn. I should move to Seattle.”

[Realistically though, my mom would probably never let me borrow anything since my two toddlers think I am their own personal napkin. Have a snotty nose? Dirty hands? Wipe it on MOMMY!” Gah! My biggest motherhood pet peeve!]

Anyway, my mom wakes up every morning, showers, puts on make-up and gets dressed in a hip ensemble.

She is almost always completely put together.

Staying at her house, there were a few mornings where she came out into the living room to play with The Mayor and The Rooster after her shower, but before donning her make up and outfit.

I realized that I almost never see my mother without make-up.

In one of these rare make-up-less moments, I looked at my mom's face and was amazed to recognize so many women that came before us.

She didn’t notice that I was staring at her, but I was. Generations of women stared back – my grandmother, my great grandmother, my great, great grandmother…

Simply beautiful.


Roo & Mayor with Gamma Attle

63 comments:

Woman with kids said...

That is so very sweet.

kristen said...

Lovely. Really. I tend to look at my mom's beautiful angular face and wonder why the gods chose to bless me with my dad's big round mug. Sigh.

WILLIAM said...

GILF

Bon said...

your mom really is stylin', and lovely. and yet, yeh, one can see so much more of a person's history in a naked face.

my mom is five inches shorter than i so borrowing clothes got a little rough after grade six, but i can see the appeal of moving nearby someone who will kindly buy all sorts of great clothes, presumably which go together, and then feel obliged to let you borrow 'em. :)

Deb said...

Im a stickler for grandma with the grandkids pictures! Thats precious! A treasured memory!

Heather said...

Grandma Seattle is beautiful, I'd venture to say with our without any makeup. I always feel like a slob around my mom, she's also super stylish and put together.

~JJ! said...

She is beautiful.
And so are you...

Roo is one lucky little beauty.

Assertagirl said...

I see a hint of you in your mother's face, too. It must be a real trip to see her with your own children in a moment like that.

leendaluu said...

With all those beautiful women, it's no wonder that you are so pretty!

My oldest daughter and I are the same size but our exchanges tend to got the other way...I'm always stealing from her closet.

mcewen said...

Indeed, you all are.
Best wishes

Catizhere said...

My Mom has a newspaper clipping from when she was born that had 5 generations of women.

I could never wear Mom's clothes since she's a statuesque 5'11" and I'm a shrimpy little 5'6".

canape said...

Yes she is.

Two Shews said...

Waaah. Checked out your pics, and sweet lordy, I want my daughter to get some hair! Roo's is so, so cute, and Annie's is so, so, wispy and barely present! I need tiny barrettes to lose to my vaccuum!

Annie said...

Beautiful!

ALM said...

Your mother is a beautiful woman.

Jordan said...

How sweet. Thanks for sharing this.

My mother is 100x better put together than I am; I still feel like I'm dressed like a college kid when I'm with her!

Hol&J said...

So sweet.

Marmite Breath said...

Yer all so gwahjus.
(I'm in a Brooklyn mood this morning).

Lawyer Mama said...

I can see a bit of your mom in you too. You're both gorgeous.

And damn it, but my mom & I have never worn the same size. I always wanted a sister so I could share clothes....

NotSoSage said...

Now I know where you got your looks from. I love seeing family resemblances.

dawn224 said...

I lurve you. I totally get it - my mom and gma and I all clone each other in lots of ways. You've reminded me to be grateful for the 4 generation picture I get to take tomorrow - Although it's more of a girl-boy-girl-boy picture where we'll all look like we were born from the mailman b/c none of look alike :)3

Anonymous said...

OK true confessions. There probably is still some eye makeup on from the night before and at least some chapstick over old lipstick! I hate to admit it but there are many nights that the eye makeup does not come off before I fall asleep. Lazy Lazy me not complying with all those beauty tips about all those night creams that marketers would have us believe will prevent or minimize the wrinkles that are advancing. Day moisturizer is all I have time/money for. And besides eye makeup and lipstick and sometimes a touch of something to hide dark circles and a touch of brush on rouge that's it for the make up. No base - I've tried it and hate the stuff. It always ends up emphasizing the wrinkles or getting on your clothes. Thanks for getting my day off to a good start. Since I'm always amazed to see the older lady in the mirror when memory tells me I have black hair and no wrinkles ;-). Love, Mom aka Grandma Seattle

Alpha DogMa said...

My kids tattletale on their grand mother, "She's painting on her face. She is sribbling on her eye! She is using a marker on her lips!

Cathy said...

That is a gorgeous photo. Enlarge it. Frame it. She'll love it.

Biddy said...

beautiful...just beautiful!

i've always hated the fact that my mother is more stylish than i am...

liv said...

Awww...and I love that even your Mom commented back. Beautiful post!

Blog Antagonist said...

You're mother is truly lovely, and apparently, cripplingly honest as well. :?)

Kyla said...

I think I love your mom. And this was a very sweet post.

Jenifer said...

I see you in her too. You are both lovely ladies!

slouching mom said...

Sigh. Beautiful photo, beautiful mom, beautiful kids.

Queen Karana said...

I think Rooster has Grandma's eyes...
though it is always hard to tell in pictures. :)

Beautiful picture, beautiful thoughts...

flutter said...

Jess, this made me cry. Beautiful.

Heather said...

She's beautiful!

What an awesome post!

carrie said...

Your mother is beautiful!

I'm a big fan of those lately - we're planning my mom's 60th birthday so anything "mom" is especially nice to see!!!

Yay for the moms!!!

Grandma Seattle rocks!

Carrie

carrie said...

One more thing -

The boys used to have matching dino p.j.'s EXATCLY like the ones The Mayor is wearing.

Thanks for the memory! He's a doll too!

Carrie

Sunshine said...

She looks like Shirley Jones...who is totally hot. Yes, you are right and lucky duck on the DNA!

mamatulip said...

Your mother is beautiful indeed, and so is this post. It made me a bit teary.

kelly said...

Been reading your blog for a while now, and I wanted to finally de-lurk! Your Mother is, of course, beautiful. And your kids? Too cute. Anyway... just wanted to let you know that just one more person is here and enjoying what you are putting out there.

Tabba said...

how sweet.

and i have to say that i've looked through some of your flickr photos and noted how stylin' your mom is.

she is quite beautiful.

megachick said...

@sunshine: yes! that's the name i was trying to think of. she does resemble her.

rooster is gorgeous and will obviously be carrying on a long standing family tradition of beauty...

lildb said...

it's incredible, isn't it? this vision we occasionally receive of our antecedents? oh, it thrills me. and terrifies me. and shakes me to the core.

your mom is, of course, hot - like I would expect anything else - just look at you.

JayJenny said...

She really is beautiful. And that was sweet.

Sayre said...

My grandmother was always the put-together lady in our family. She worked for the government in a very public position and had to look good. But I found shopping with her so frustrating. I shop like a man - in, out, gone. She looked at all the seams, tugged on buttons, matched or coordinated colors and accessories. It drove me nuts. But then she always looked good, and I always looked good when SHE dressed me!!!

QT said...

What a sweet post! My mom is the same - she won't go anywhere without being "done".

Omaha Mama said...

I guess I am a self-flagellator? I never knew.

Your mother is gorgeous. You are gorgeous. Your daughter is gorgeous. I love that about generations of women. Beauty passed down in more ways than one.

Great post.

carmachu said...

Awwwww, how incredibly sweet,

(on the other hand, *I* am the napkin in the house, but by choice...sometimes your pants or sleeve is all I got!)

Aliki2006 said...

I love that photo--it made me feel teary inside. What a treasure to have, one you'll cherish.

BOSSY said...

Yeah, the continuum.

shauna said...

What a great picture. Now we can see where you get your looks! (It was fun reading your mom's comment too.)

acumamakiki said...

your mom is beautiful. and i always admire women that put on makeup and nice clothing everyday. my dad's girlfriend is like this and still, she looks so beautiful without makeup. it's a rare day that i put on the goo - if i'm going to work i try to at least do mascara and gloss so i don't frighten the folks.

Nancy said...

Your mom has been doing something right, she is beautiful.

Geologychick said...

What an awesome post!

Lotta said...

You're mom is beautiful, and so are you!

Serina Hope said...

My Mom is the same way. She is always gorgeous. But I have to agree with you. I find her most appealing first thing in the morning, when I can really see how naturally beautiful she is.

Redneck Mommy said...

She's beautiful.

I'm not surprised, you are gorgeous too.

I have seen my mom with out makeup...it's not pretty. Either am I without a little cosmetic boost.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Your mother is a babe.

And I feel the same way whenever I look at my sister. I may have lost my mother and my grandmother but I can still see their face when I look at my sis.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Your mother is one hot grandma. I love that photo...beautiful!

My mom sounds a lot like yours. She has the most amazing, organized walk-in closet and is always put together, polished, and all around elegant. I'm so excited when she gives me "hand me downs." It's cool when grandma shops at Ann Taylor. ;)

I think I'll try to take a shower today.

Manic Mom said...

Wow, what a nice post about your mom. Except if it were my mom, she would be saying, "What do you mean? I look like MY Mother!!!"

And girl, you have a million comments! You must be a bloggin' maniac!

I need to stop by more blogs more often, but I guess I'm too busy watching High School Musical 2! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

KC said...

she's so lovely.

I wonder what that would be like, having a mom who was actually stylish. My mom, woman of velour pants and strang shoes, is sometimes a bit of a fashion mystery to me.

Paige said...

I remember the moment when I looked a picture of me, Avery and my mother and saw the same thing, spread through three generations.

And whatever that thing was that I saw -- continuity maybe -- it made my heart skip a beat.

Beautiful post.

Ruth Dynamite said...

She's gorgeous! Just like you!

(That's a fantastic photo, too.)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Your mother is beautiful, and looks so happy with her grandchildren in her lap.

BTW, my middle daughter uses her own clothes to wipe her face which is annoying as well. Today, I caught her trying to wipe tears from her eyes with her underwear! She was WEARING THE UNDERWEAR when she did this! Yeesh.

Kevin Charnas said...

"Simply beautiful" is right.