Saturday, January 30, 2010
"we're gonna need a bigger couch"
this is a pic of my mom with grace and t.j......young at heart and forever in my heart.....she's the one who gave me my nickname little mary mixup!
the above link shows littlemarymixup, a cartoon from the 1920s. i think it's funny that it appears after littlemarymixup blog on google. a friendly follower mentioned this to me. we were talking about my blog and how i got the name littlemarymixup.....really because that's the nickname my mom had for me....especially when those little mix ups occurred.
one thing, i know, my mom had to have a sense of humor to live with my dad, my brothers and i. i'm grateful for that gift. she may have realized she would need it to get through her "life with liz", as biff calls it.
i loved to go through my mom's jewelry box. it was so sparkly and colorful and fun. i loved the latch. i loved the big mirror inside. i loved the loot. that may be where i gained an appreciation for getting all dolled up, for no occasion .....just for my own pleasure.
i used to try on the jewelry....taking it on and off....posing with it all before a mirror. i loved the glam! i guess it may not have been such a good idea to wear alot of it down to polliwog pond. my mom always said she'd love to dredge that pond out someday to see how much of her jewelry box landed in there! she laughed. now that kind of sense of humor could get you through alot!
i thought it was a name she made up. now, i think she must have had this name from the cartoons of the days of childhood. of course! that was her era....she was born in 1924. no wonder why she loved my mix ups. or maybe, it's because of her that i learned to have a sense of humor about my life! certainly, my life has been alot more fun sharing the stories for my whole life rather than pouting about them.this info. below is also from dan marksteins, toonopedia
… existence, in part at least, to the fact that cartoonist Robert Moore Brinkerhoff, in his mid-30s when he created her, had no little girls of his own. Invited in 1917 to create a comic for The New York World (the paper that later debuted Keeping up with the Joneses and Caspar Milquetoast), Brinkerhoff, a newspaper illustrator who had never before contemplated doing comics, surveyed the scene and found a niche that wasn't filled — and that would also provide a sort of daughter substitute for him. Little Mary Mixup is what he came up with. Before long, she was being distributed nationwide by United Feature Syndicate, whose best-known stars are Nancy, Li'l Abner and Charlie Brown.
now, i wonder if that's why i think in thought balloons. my cartoon world that runs through my head in those awkward situations or mixups. thankfully, i'm married to someone who has music playing in his head at all times. wait! don't call the white coats until i finish my story.
funny enough, my mom also told me that all of my pictures (she called them "artwork"...talk about love unconditionally... "ART" ...she really believed in me! perhaps, a bit unrealistically....i mean, i'm creative...i'm an artist, i'm not an artiste')..... all of my"artwork" always had a sunshine in the "work"......i always have had a bit of an optimistic outlook....that is, when i'm not behaving like chicken little for my little childrearing foibles and perceived foibles. "uh oh!" i'm always saying,"what if"..."i should have made them...."
i seem to think that my whole world, this family that i live with, has ups and downs or mistakes or failures because of me....something i have done or said along the way. oh, that's healthy! i try to be the best mom in the world.. i really do! and i recognize that it is an impossible wor anyone to do the job just right...just perfectly. oh, i have a sense of humor about it! thankfully! but for a brief and horrible moment, the is thought process, or unthoughtful process is that i think i am almighty and powerful in our world....not for the good. for the bad....if something goes wrong, it must because i haven't taught the kids or i have done something to have created the situation. o.k. that's healthy thinking.
only i'm thinking, "we're gonna need a bigger couch!"