Tag Archives: Mama Says

Mama Says #13

Olivia Newport Mom and Tag

Bugs. Who needs them, at least inside the house? Especially not in the silverware drawer. My mom had an infestation of some sort. The exterminator came and took care of things, and she was in the phase of “Let me know if you see any more.” Well, she did see a few. Her response? “Whap! […]

Mama Says #10

Olivia Newport Mom and Tag

My family roots are in the Chicago area. My mom has lived other places as well, but most of them involved cold winters. A couple of years ago, facing the onset of about her fiftieth Chicago December, she’d had enough and moved to Florida. She lives a leisurely, relaxed—and warm—life (and deserves every minute of […]

Mama Says #9

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

I spent three weeks with my mom in the middle of the summer, but I took my work with me. “Have laptop, will write” and all that. When I’m wrapped up in a story, I can get pretty driven. One evening my mother said, “You should quit. You’ve been working all day.” She was right […]

Mama Says #5

Olivia Newport Mom and Tag

While visiting my mom, I was heading to the grocery store for a few things. Mom opted to stay home. But before I left she waved a couple of twenty dollar bills in front of me. I said she could hang onto her cash, and she said, “I have more of these. I have a […]