Friday, August 22, 2008

Flashback Friday!

Mama and Me, March 1976. She is 29, I am 15 months.

Thirty-two years have passed, but I'm certain she'd cradle me much like this if I asked. And I'm positive I still look at her this way.

Most of the time.

When she's not reading Twilight (that was Tuesday), New Moon (Wednesday), Eclipse (Thursday), and Breaking Dawn (started last night, will finish later today). I mean, I wanted her to read them. I've begged her for a year. But come on, already! She drove over six hours to visit us, and her nose has been buried in these books for three days now. (Meanwhile Dad's been camped out in Scott's office...computers, guitars, XM radio and all.)

Stephenie Meyer, I love you...but I want my Mama back. My girls want Mamaw Pinky to play with them. And if Mamaw Pinky thinks she's tagging along on girls' night out to see my beloved Jason Statham in "Death Wish," then she better get the lead out. After all, he is shirtless in this movie. 'Nuff said.

I love you, Mary Elizabeth Raley Roth. So much that one daughter is named Mary Elizabeth, while the other shares your maiden name as her middle. I've totally secured my position in Heaven because of this. Honoring my father and mother and all.

I jest.

Get to the end, woman. I need my Mama back. Then we can discuss all of it while you entertain the girls. Good times.

Happy weekend, y'all!

49 comments:

Trish said...

Awww, how sweet!!
And your little Caroline looks just like YOU!!


Now, a little bid-ness.....I went to our beloved Target tonight, with a trusty $20 gift card in hand, to purchase Eclipse, cuz I have time to read again this weekend........as in EIGHT hours at a family picnic on saturday.......and they had NO copies. I wept.

See what you have done to me?

And I love you for it.

Amy said...

That's so nice. The picture is sweet too. See though, careful what you wish for. You know once you get in to those books, there's no stopping you. :)

KristiLU said...

I just thought I would let you know many of my friends here at LU are obsessed with the books. I knew it would make you even more proud of your Alma Mater!

Melissa said...

What is life like that you can read 4 books in 4 days? One can only dream of such....
I'm half way through new moon, and still nursing sick children and now hubby, too.

iPost said...

Love the flashback pic and love the fact that you still have a great relationship with your Ma. Well, if she would put the books down, that is.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

OH FINALLY!!! There was something on your blog that was locking up my computer so I couldn't comment on your posts and it was breaking my heart!!!

You were such a cutie (well... you still are!!!)....

And you realize that this who losing your Mama thing is all your own doing!

Heather said...

Love the ponytail on top of your head. Can you still wear it like that?

My mom is reading Twilight right now, and is already planning on going to the movie with us in November. Love that!

Have a great weekend with your mama.

Shannon said...

I know what you mean about Francine Rivers! I just finished Red. Love for the 3rd time and have read the Mark of the Lion series twice. Have you read any of Liz Curtis Higgs' books? I think her trilogy (I can't remember the series) is just as good as Mark of the Lion. The first book is Thorn in My Heart.

Amy said...

Such a cute pic! I wish I could read as fast as your mom. I read Twilight in three days, New Moon, I am only halfway thru. The time, I need the time...oh and getting off this 'puter would help too :)

sassy stephanie said...

That is sweet. I have a daughter named after my mom's maiden too. I love family names.

Nik said...

This picture is just the sweetest! Thanks for sharing.

I guess you can be thankful for one thing...she's a fast reader, she COULD still be on the first one ;>

Kori said...

Cute post. And what a darling little girl you were. What happened? kidding only kidding.

What si so special about the books? Everyone has been ooing and awwing over these books. I might just have to pay my local Books-a-million a visit this weekend and get them for myself so I can see what all the fuss is about.

Vicki @ notsosahm.wordpress.com said...

What a great pic, and a great mom! That's another reason I should win the contest, I've made your mom a present before.

Y'all have fun tonight! Eat a big glob of buttered popcorn for me. And you know what to wash it down with! Fountain style is the best! (My favorite fountain Cokes were the ones at Demon football games. Somehow that stadium machine got the mix just right.)

Lauren W said...

Ok, first, AWESOME picture. Second, can you blame your mom? I mean, I'm not saying her timing was best ever, but... seriously. Once you're in, you're in. You know what I mean?
I'm sure she'll whip through BD. You just focus on Jason Statham and his wonderfulness ;)

Insane Mama said...

OH no... That is so funny. You got her started. Have a great weekend!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Too sweet! What a great pic. I don't have any of me at that age with my mom :(

Rhea said...

You secured your place in heaven by naming your children after your mama. I LOVE that line. lol

You've lost her to Twilight. It happens. Thank goodness the series is only FOUR books long...or maybe not....

Caroline said...

Awwww, baby Lula. You were a doll. Its weird to think about our parents being our age huh? I love those pics from the 70's - the colors, the clothes, the hairstyles. I should probably snatch some pics from my parents' house. Too cute!

CaraBee said...

That picture seriously gave me a lump in my throat and made me miss my mama who is a long, long ways a way. Don't worry, she'll be done with the books soon and you can enjoy your weekend with your wonderful mama!

Brandy said...

I know you want her back and all but you know better than anyone has completely addicting these books are. You CANNOT put them down once you've started.

It's too late now but just send a copy to the next victim before they come. That way it won't mess up your sharing time.

I was born in March 1976...odd.

Adorable picture!

Heather said...

Would she hold me like that too? What a precious picture!!

Dawn said...

Hide the rest of the books when she finishes this one! Love the picture! Have a great weekend!

Kat said...

I believe you made this bed. But its too bad she couldn't wait to read them in the car. On the way home.

Isn't it fun getting your momma hooked on crack? :-)

Kat said...

I believe you made this bed. But its too bad she couldn't wait to read them in the car. On the way home.

Isn't it fun getting your momma hooked on crack? :-)

Kat said...

I swear blogger is giving me double posts each and every time. Driving. Me. Nuts!

My Beautiful Mess! said...

How funny! She will have to come back the weekend the movie comes out.

Angela said...

That photo is TOO SWEET and is making me miss my mama!

Heather W said...

What a great picture. Tell your mom that I am feeling her. I am already done with Twilight and New Moon. I am contemplating a trip to Target at 8:30pm to pick up Eclipse. I also can't stop watching the trailer of the movie. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!!!! Am I under some kind of vampire spell or something! Crazy!!!!

Drama Mama said...

I had a hard time finding Eclipse- I had to order it off the internet- I hope your devoted TWILIGHT readers can find it- I don't hink DramamamaMother has ever read a book in her entire life-Loves magazines and cookbooks-but doesn't read books at all! Weird cause I am a bookaholic!

Veggie Mom said...

I don't know if My Mama would read Twilight, but I digress...love the photo--you were a sweet little gal!

KJ Schiffman said...

How there could possibly be a prayer list I haven't put myself on is amazing to me! LOL. But I deeply thank you for putting me on yours today. : )

I adore your blog. This you already know. And now, I adore your Mom. :))

Gina said...

Even then with the eyes!

Sissy said...

Lula, I have missed you this week while I was back at work. I may have to put your link on my work computer so I can find you anytime. I am sorry your mom is lost is twilightland. I have been reading the Host and it is different, but good. Hope all is well!

Marrdy said...

What a sweet post. And give mama a break, do you remember how obssessed you were when you started this series. How you just had to know what was happening next? Your lack of sleep, eating, cleanliness? God bless mama for loving Edward too!

Heather W said...

Lula Doll, what have you done to me with these books. In response to your comment on my blog, Yes I was a little frustrated with New Moon. Not enough Edward for my taste (get it...taste). I crack myself up sometimes. I just went and purchased both Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, so don't expect to hear from me in a couple of days! My poor family!!!!

Heather W said...

Lula Doll, what have you done to me with these books. In response to your comment on my blog, Yes I was a little frustrated with New Moon. Not enough Edward for my taste (get it...taste). I crack myself up sometimes. I just went and purchased both Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, so don't expect to hear from me in a couple of days! My poor family!!!!

Swirl Girl said...

What a sweet and loving post.

Jill said...

What a great photo! I found a ton of my baby photos - and can now prove that my youngest does indeed look like me!

Everyone is reading these books... I may need to join the fray!

Kaley said...

Loooove that pic, leigh anne!!

thotlady said...

Be careful what you wish for. :0)

I wanted to tell you, I saw a Twilight, the movie T-shirt at Borders books today. Thought I would let you know.

How and where did you get the Twilight photo countdown on your sidebar?...I love it!

Aubrey said...

That's a lovely picture and equally beautiful post!

sippycupsandblackberries said...

oh my, I totally hear your mother though - I haven't been able to get my nose out of the book - not even my 2 year old attempting to set the house on fire would work!

Pinky Roth said...

I finally finished all 4 books this week w/a day to spare to spend w/my darling grand daughters! We had a blast this week. It is still raining here in Georgia! Sorry you have not gotten any.

Mom

PS Now I want to go to the movie in November for sure.

Tiffany said...

I so know this scene. You have family in town, you offer them the book.. you never see their face again.

Happened at my house April 2008. My sister in law began her addiction.

There is something about giving someone crack for the first time...it's a beautiful thing.

Debbie said...

Stephanie Meyer needs to pay you some kind of royalty. You have turned quite a few scoffers, ahem me, Trish, your Mom, into Twilight fans that's for sure. Love the pic!

Karen said...

If you are going to get The Black Dagger Brotherhood books, do not ... I repeat DO NOT ... get them till she leaves. Otherwise, you will never be able to pry her nose out of the books...

Deanna said...

I believe it started with you mentioning Twilight and then I read others' blogs who read the books, so I gave in. I started Twilight Friday night...read until 3 AM Saturday morning(my eyeballs couldn't take anymore) and finished it Saturday afternoon. I started New Moon last night. I'm so hooked, I have thoughts of wondering what Bella is going to do next mingled with thoughts of which computer program I'm using for work! ACK!!! Can't work wait!? :)

Leigh said...

That pictures is priceless. I LOVE it! What a sweet post.

Angie's Spot said...

Adorable! I wish I had that kind of relationship with my mom. Oh well. I'm hoping to foster one like that with my girls. :-)