Jazzercise? You Betcha...

11.07.2010

For those of you who don't know. I am the youngest of 8 children. 
My mother was 44 when she had me. I was born on my oldest brother's birthday. 
He was 20. 
My mom is older than my best friends grandmother. 
My brother is older than her mom.
I had a most interesting upbringing, and I loved it.
Once, I got home from elementary school and my mother wasn't in the front room. I started calling for her throughout the house.
 No answer. 
Then I heard something strange from the back-room. The TV was making racket of all kinds. 
I turned the corner to see my mother in something akin to this:
But with a hairdo more like this:

watching something similar to this:

I was slightly traumatized. 
I mean, what if I would have brought home a friend?

Why couldn't my mom just run on a treadmill or watch Tae-Bo like other moms? 
Why couldn't she just wear oversized Gap sweatshirts and black yoga pants? 
Why was her hair always ratted high and perfectly motionless (even when she exercised); what's wrong with a ponytail, anyway?

Well, because my mom isn't other moms. 
She doesn't wash off her make-up when she goes to bed because then my dad would see her at "less than [her] best." 
She can make anything she's ever eaten at a restaurant (only hers will contain more butter, sugar, or salt) and it will, of course, be "better." 
She wouldn't sleep the entire week before a big dance because she's up sewing me a couture gown. 
She's crafty, and she's crazy, and she's mine. 
And although it took me a little while to realize it, I wouldn't trade (hardly any of) her quirks for anything. 
And I'm even glad I caught a few of them.

What's Great About Your Mom?
Did You Pee-Your-Pants

When You Watched That Video?

20 comments

Maddie Bagley said...

I am laughing soo hard!!! Grandma is, well Grandma!! :)

JB said...

That video was hilarious!

Marissa said...

My mom LOVED jazzercise too!

K:) said...

Your Mom sounds Awesome!!! & That video was just to die for funny:)

e.day said...

so i was awkwardly signed in to the wrong account earlier, sorry for the comment deletion...but my mom still does aerobics. only slightly less fantastic than jazzercise, but since the aerobics video is from the early 1990s, the hairdos and outfits more than make up for it.

and that video did almost make me pee my pants. and JJ too. :)

Becky said...

Funniest post you've ever done.
Hil.Lar.I.Ous.
In fact, this is my ghost typing this as I have actually laughed myself to death.

Jinii said...

I was watching that video with my 2-year-old and she told me she wanted to dance like that! Now she is begging me to watch the video again so here goes round 2!

Kate Giovinco Photography said...

My mom loved Jazzercise too! Hysterical.

My mom is a riot as well. I wrote about her:

http://www.kategiovinco.com/blog/?p=525

http://www.kategiovinco.com/blog/?p=214

Emily Widdison said...

Well, my mom is your mom's sister so I'm sure they have a lot of similarities that of course I have learned to love too:)
I remember when you were born. I was so jealous...i wanted a little sister too!

Whitney said...

Thats it. Im totally bringing jazzercise back. I mean REALLY back. My mom was a tae bo mom and now she is a work out maniac. I wish I knew your mother. She sounds delightful.

amylou said...

She sounds so wonderful!

Jean said...

Where is our 80's workout video we made when you were staying with us for the summer? I will try to find it!

JMay said...

haha Moms are the best. That video is HILARIOUS!

Shauna said...

so funny. k but i have to stick up for jazzercise. it's awesome! next time you're in oceanside go to the 9:30 class on M/W/F with Chere van Ligten and you'll be convinced. or if you want to go see that lady front and center in the pink tights (judi sheppard missett) she and her daughter teach at that location, too.

JMay said...

haha Moms are the best. That video is HILARIOUS!

Jean said...

Where is our 80's workout video we made when you were staying with us for the summer? I will try to find it!

Emily Widdison said...

Well, my mom is your mom's sister so I'm sure they have a lot of similarities that of course I have learned to love too:)
I remember when you were born. I was so jealous...i wanted a little sister too!

Marissa said...

My mom LOVED jazzercise too!

Michelle Negrelli said...
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Michelle Negrelli said...

Your mom sounds awesome because she was keeping up with the most effective exercise trends. I hope you are doing Jazzercise, too. You know we have continued to evolve over 40 years and provide the most effective dance workouts, right? I teach Dance Mixx by Jazzercise and I'm usually a sweaty hot mess when I'm done, but I've burned about 800 calories. My hair is less than perfect ;) The most beautiful and timeless women I've met are Jazzercisers. I'm in my 30s btw. Can't wait to teach my two Dance Mixx classes tomorrow where I'll debut some new routines by Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Tove Lo, and other Top 40 artists. Hope you'll make it to a class near you soon :)

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