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Monday, July 31, 2006 

Mommy Dearest

Recently I mentioned Joan Crawford in a post, coincidentally enough it was on my own mother's birthday. This led me to remembering bits and pieces of the camp movie, which I don't remember as camp so much as I remember it as slightly scary, so I went to go look up the book and movie on amazon which is when I realized this movie came out when I was three years old.

Now, why was I watching this movie at such a young age? I really couldn't figure it out, so when my mother called I answered the phone:

"Hello Mommy Dearest"


"Do you remember that movie? Mommy Dearest?"

(very droll) "Yes"

"Why was I watching that so young?"

"Because you would always call me that, 'Oh Mommy Dearest, please come here,' I kept telling you to stop but you wouldn't. So I made you watch the movie."


"And you still didn't stop. It was so embarrassing"

This part I remember. I remember there being a funny twist to calling her Mommy Dearest and that at some point I found it hilarious to continue on with the title. Five year old with a sick twist of humor? Yep, that was me.

"I wonder where I picked that up?"

"I have no idea."

"Well... she did die in 1977, and I was born two years later..."

(in old person's voice)"Oh Ms. Crawford, is it really you?!"

Although, apparently I was always having trouble with what to call my mother. When I was very little I refused to call her mommy, and instead called her Mayuh. I know this sounds weird, but I had a lisp when I was little and my mother's name is Mary, so not being able to pronounce an r turned her name into Mayuh.


My uncle once cornered me, sat me up on the counter top, looked me dead in the eyes and said, "CALL HER MOMMY!" I think this was at my third birthday party. I just remember being dreadfully confused. Why was I supposed to call her mommy? My uncles and aunts called her Mary, other women were called mommy, sometimes when I was in a store the only way to get her attention was to call out Mayuh. So I replied very calmly to my uncle, "But that's not her name."

Seemed logical to me.

And by the way, I had older sibs who DID call her mom. I was just weird.


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