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Who’s In Your 5?????

Once upon a time, kids were scared to cut up in the presence of anybody’s mother!  Even if your own mom was miles across town, you knew Miss so-and-so had unwritten authority to open up a can of “act right” if you got out of line. Now kids will run past you in the mall, step on your feet, and not say excuse me.  They will fight and cuss in your presence and not bat an eye.  They blast lewd music in the church parking lot and make you wonder what pack of wolves raised them.  Sometimes we gasp and shake our heads, but at some point we always think back to our own behavior and confirm that we “knew better” at that age.  Most of us grew up in houses with mother’s that WERE NOT HAVING IT!  Luckily in addition to Janice, I had Aunties that DID NOT PLAY!

As you all know Mother’s Day is Sunday.  To all the Mom’s out there: have a wonderful day.  We appreciate the love (sometimes disguised as discipline) you’ve shown over the years.  For this week’s blog, I’d like to shout out my Fave Five Moms!  BBJ aka Big Bad Jan (she hates it when I call her that) will always have the Mommy Emeritus spot in my heart.  If my life were a T-Moble cell phone plan, my Fave Five would be:


  1. Mommy: No matter how old I get, she’ll always make me bread pudding (*hint hint*) and will forever treat me like her personal assistantJ.    
  2. Aunt Fern: If I didn’t list her name first after BBJ she’d kill me J.  Also because she is the voice of reason when the drama gets too loud and especially because she taught me “…it’s not about the cowboys and the Indians”!
  3. Mary: This one is a little weird because technically she is not a Mom.  But she’s an Auntie, so she made the cut!  Mary is the calm in the midst of the storm for so many people in her life.  She’s a nurturer, and we all count on her wisdom.  To know Dweebie is to know Mary, and knowing Mary has definitely been a blessing for me….and I still want to be like her when I grow up!
  4. Miss Linda: Because she makes the best Peach Cobbler EVER! And also because she redefined Strong Black Woman for me!  Where others would have given up, she stayed strong and definitely came out on top.
  5. Karen: She’s my favorite Hey Mon! In spite of being a wife and mother she still has time to be a very supportive friend.  We struggle through lent together every year, and share a shopping addiction.  We mourned the end of The Wire, and look forward to the new season of Big Brother!  I call her when I’m in crisis and she always makes time….(now all I need her to do is read that other book) J

Mother’s are a blessing….just ask anyone whose mom is no longer with them!  To all of the Mom’s out there (and especially my Fave Five), thank you for all you do!  I chose the five women that support and inspire me the most. So Epiphany Blog……it’s your turn! Who are the Mom’s in your Fave Five?




May 7, 2008 - Posted by | Family, Life, Society


  1. I’m honored to be in your Fave Five . . . . . however, if you mention “the cowboys & the Indians” in public one more time I’m going to WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP!!!! LUV YA

    Comment by Shangazi | May 8, 2008

  2. OK what is the deal with the Cowboys and Indians??

    Comment by Pam | May 8, 2008

  3. It’s a very funny story, and I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to tell you…..but if I do she’ll kill me!!!!!!

    Comment by JerzeeChick | May 8, 2008

  4. Thanks for the honor, although I have not finished the last book, I am working on it. It gets difficult when I am always running to the next job. I guess this means I am no longer in the mezzanine?

    Comment by Irving on the Crest | May 8, 2008

  5. JerzeeChick, I am honored to be in your Fave Five! I am blessed to be able to say my life is surrounded by strong mothers and it’s difficult to narrow them down to five…but it would definetly be my own Mom who turned 82 this year, God bless her…and my sister Cheryl who is the second matriarch in our family who is a wonderful sister, mother and Grandma…and my baby sister Diane who has the loving spirit of the Angels…and my Godmother Jerry who came to my rescue whenever I needed extra love and attention – which was often…and finally my sister Theresa who doesn’t have children of her own but has shared a heart full of love for all the kids in our family generation after generation. To all my Fave Five and all the strong Mothers out there who don’t get the credit they deserve…Happy Mother’s Day!

    Comment by Miss Linda | May 8, 2008

  6. Wow! Thanks JC! I am speechless but honored.

    Comment by Mary | May 14, 2008

  7. Happy Belated Mother’s Day!!!!!!!

    Comment by The Lone Wolf | May 15, 2008

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