Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Laughter - Blogoff Post # 1

My mother knew how to laugh. Big belly laughs that could rock a whole row of cinema seats. Her chuckles were like a minor earthquake, measuring on the Richter scale.

I miss my mother so much. I miss her wicked sense of humour, her smile and her laugh. I'm ashamed that I was so embarrassed by her as a teenager because now I can think of no happier sound than my mother's laughter. Mum enjoyed and loved life, and wanted to share that enjoyment with everyone: check-out chicks, the neighbours she bumped into down the street, the cats, the dogs, the cockatoo and especially her family.

Mum didn't learn to drive until I was 13 years old. But once she gained her licence and her independence, there was no holding her back. She loved driving, deliberately weaving or kangaroo hopping down a quiet street - just for fun - and she relished the opportuniity to get lost, take the long way round and discover new places along the way.

Driving gave her the opportunity to try new things. She took up cooking classes and prepared culinary banquests in several cuisines. She took oil painting lessons for a few years but she found her talent in cake decorating, churning out wedding cakes, christening cakes, cakes for any occasion.

For Dad's 50th birthday, she made a pick-up truck cake with a 'load of hot cock' because that was one of his favourite sayings at the time. The tray was filled with chocolate penises, and a pair symbolised the wipers. The sight of the cake was a catalyst of laughter for the party guests and this photo is a permanent reminder of my mum's wicked sense of humour.

So now in my first blog-off post for boobs, I've mentioned breasts and hot cocks, so I guess I'll get a few hits from the raincoat brigade. So while you're here, gentlemen, show your appreciation for the female body and follow the link to make a donation for breast cancer research!


QueenieCarly said...

I love it! Yours is the first Blog-Off post I've read and what a great job you've done! I won't be able to get mine up until later this evening, but I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's entries!

That cake is just hysterical! What a sense of humour!

Anonymous said...

Popping in to read your entry in the blog-off. What a great post! Your mom sounds really great. I hope some day that my kids will look back and speak with the same love and fondness that you do. (As it is...they think I'm nuts!) ;) Good luck!

TaraMetBlog said...

You'll have to carry on your mom's joy for life and laughter now. Nice post.

Evey said...

WHat a great post and tribute to your mom. I love the picture of her and the huge smile on her face. Memories are awesome things to have for those we lose. That cake story is a riot. I can just imagine the laughter from all the guests and your dad. ha! I love it.

Good luck!

Bex said...

Your mom sounds awesome! She must have been so much fun. The party sounded like a hoot!

Anonymous said...

Oh, your Mom and mine woulda been dangerous together. OH! I bet they are NOW! God has His Hands full now...LOL

Anonymous said...

That blog post made me sniffle a little bit.

It was very well-written.

The cake is absolutely fabulous! Do you have any pictures of it from the side?

Erin said...

oh my goodness, hot cock. that's hilarious. sounds like a good time. loved the post.

Miss H. said...

I love this post. It is full of honesty, humor and it is just engaging. Your mum sounds like quite a woman and I really am thankful that you chose to share that with your fellow bloggers!

Good luck on the blog-off!

Diane said...

Carly - thankyou. I think dad stopped using the phrase after being presented with the cake.

g - I think my mum was slightly nuts too, but that was part of the reason we all loved her!

tarametblog - I do my best, and i'm happy to say I share her sense of humour.

evey - she liked to express herself with the cakes. She made a farewell cake for the guy who'd broken my heart (he was also my boss) when he was moving interstate, and she had piped extra words on it, the same colour as the cake, saying 'Get Lost' etc, subliminal messages almost. I don't think he even noticed.

bex - definitely awesome, but what's really weird, I was thinking about how we had a stripper at my dad's 40th the other day, and then freaked out when I realised I'm turning 40 this year. Oh my god!

courtney - no pics from the side, i have one that shows a bit more of the back of the cake from the front/top

erin - yep, I think I might print out the post and present it to dad!

h - thank you and good luck too!

To my fellow blog-offers, it is going to be so difficult to rate everyone's post.

Anonymous said...

I love hot cock, and I will try not to let that bias how I vote.

Good luck in the blog-off!

Toni said...

Your Mom sounds divine. That cake, amazing! HAHAHAHA!

Great post :)

Anonymous said...

What a fun mama. That cake is priceless; the windshield wipers did me in and I'm still chuckling!