Thursday, May 6, 2010

So your brain took a vacation day

I am quite happy my older brother, Tumbleweed, is coming to Atlanta this weekend. While  chatting with him yesterday, I remembered an interesting tidbit from his last visit. During that visit, I once again tricked him into going to Monkey Joe’s with me and MiniMac. Do you know Monkey Joe's? It is a bounce-house-apalooza for little people. I also call it "torture for adults" but MiniMac LOVES it. And he especially rejoices when Uncle T. joins us. Oh, my brother is a good, good sport.

While there, watching MiniMac race to and fro (and you have to love it because 90 minutes at Monkey Joe’s Bouncy Bonanza equals guaranteed nap) my brother and I are chatting near some other families when he leaves to take a phone call. The woman standing next to me says, “ You and your Husband look so much alike.” 

I say, “That is because he is my brother.” She makes this face:


I wanted to make that face in response to her face. Instead, after a brief pause, I say, "He is my brother.  Not my husband." How many times in life would you ever need to link those sentences together???

She then makes this face (or something very close:)


She was so relieved because for a minute she actually thought I meant he was my brother AND my husband. How do I know this? SHE TOLD ME.

WOW. That's not how we play down in Georgia. 


And this is what happens when your brain takes a vacation day. (Maybe she was just sleepy and needed more coffee? I know.)

 

*My weekend begins tonight with back to back fundraising events and more parties this weekend.

I thank MiniMac for adding something so pure and amazing to my life and for making me his Mom. To celebrate Mommyhood in our family, I am hosting a fab Mother's Day brunch on Sunday.  I only wish my own Mom and my favorite Aunt Shelley were in town too. 

Have a fantastic weekend everyone and to all my friends who are also kick-ass Mamalitas, have a gorgeous Mother's Day.

103 comments:

Mom in High Heels said...

Wow, really? REALLY? I mean, I guess I could see it if you lived deep in the mountains of WV (just kidding WV, calm down), but in Atlanta? Come on.
BTW, you should swing by my blog today and meet Bob. :)

Plentymorefishoutofwater said...

You're married to your brother?! Uch, that's disgusting.
;-)
*Plentymorefishoutofwater - One Man's Dating Diary*

Brian Miller said...

i hope you have an amazing weekend and happy early mothers day!

Cara Smith said...

Wow...it sounds like that lady's brain took a vacay.

Happy Mother's Day!

TKW said...

Those two pictures crack me up! In her defense, maybe that woman grew up in Western Pennsylvania or something! :)

Mummy said...

I would of left it at the comment of He was my brother... I am that mean.

Will Burke said...

Fabulous Pictures! In this case, LOL in not a figure of speach!

Simply Suthern said...

Is funny you used the Julia pic. It could be a Seinfeld episode.

Mini-mac should have walked up with some Bubba teeth.

When we had Little A, her big sis was 16. Big sis would carry Little A around the stores and folks felt compelled to tell her how bad it was for her to have a baby that young. People love to assume the worst.

Ed said...

Nothing says love in Georgia, like marrying your brother.

Thank God I live up north and have all sisters.

Gillian said...

Incest is against da law....stick 'em up!

Mighty M said...

I love that here in 2010 you had to clarify that statement! That face must have been priceless!!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day, I will too!! :)

Erin said...

We have a similar bouncy hell hole here, only it's called Pump It Up. Ugh. Every parent's nightmare, but the kids are in love with it.

I have a fundraiser tonight, too. Nervous, but excited. I'm on the board of the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and we have a live & silent auction tonight where art done by Alzheimer's patients in their art therapy programs is auctioned off. All proceeds go to research, programming, education, etc....


Good luck with your fundraiser tonight, too! Have fun! Have a cocktail, too (i plan to!)!

Aging Mommy said...

Oh dear, clearly that lady is a fellow Mom whose brain was not cooperating that day, it happens to us all (at least I HOPE that's what was going on)

Have a wonderful weekend and Mothers Day with your son and family.

ellen abbott said...

Um, well, that is how some people play in Georgia apparently.

Linda said...

I would have laughed in her face! In Alabama there is a place on a marriage license where they ask if you are related? So not so crazy in 'some world'....still creepy!

Caty said...

Happy Mother's Day!! Thanks for yet again making me laugh...

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Our MD bouncy hell is Jump Zone. Apparently they are spreading across the country.

And I am glad to read you are not married to your brother, I am pretty sure the family law section of the bar exam had a question about that. (Not good was the conclusion.)

Britney face is awesome; I see that every night at our dinner table when I serve green vegetables.

confused homemaker said...

I've actually had people assume I was my husband's sister & ask if he was available.

Yea, that went over well. Let's say my face wasn't so much Brit-Brit but Real Housewives New Jersey table flippin'

Writing Without Periods! said...

Eh...gawds...first the Mexico margarita holiday debacle, and now brother/husband mix up...holy cow.
Mary

My name is PJ. said...

You just can't make this stuff up! That was a HUGE brain fart if there ever was one!

Happy Mothers' Day!

SmartBear said...

Ok...because I am REALLY sick. I would have TOTALLY played like he was my husband AND my brother.
Happy Mother's day girl!
Best,
Tina

Summer said...

Hilarious! Crazy that it warranted a full explanation! I mean, you're not in Arkansas. Kidding!!

MommaKiss said...

love the pictures to display the crazy lady's face. seriously.

i'd marry my brother. if he wasn't my brother. know what i mean? ;p

have a FAB mother's day!!

Sarah said...

Well I'm certainly glad you got that one cleared up :). Have a fabulous mother's day.

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The Boob Nazi said...

Wow. People are so dense.

Intense Guy said...

Maybe her brain was scrambled from taking a ride on the bouncy bounce.

Happy Mothers' Day!

hotpants™ said...

Ha! That is one of my favorite Britney expressions.

I can't believe you had to clarify for the lady. What a dummy!

Emily J. Griffin said...

As an Atlanta resident myself I familiar not only with Monkey Joe's (at least there are internet equipped computers for he adults) and the stigma of the brother/boyfriend. My bro and I hang out socially a lot. People often think we are a couple and I eventually just stopped correcting them. Weird South.

Krëg said...

Maybe she was in town from Alabama or something...

Denise said...

Laughed out loud. That woman clearly needed some WD40 in her brain cogs (and yes, coffee in her gullet.)

Dumblond said...

Okay, gross! What has that lady encountered in her life that she sees two adults with a small child who look alike and she says to herself, "Oh they're married, no question." And then when you clarify, she still has married on the brain!!
Her life must have been so tragic...

biz319 said...

OMG, that's too funny! I have a twin sister and people would ask us "are you twins or sisters?" We'd say "both!" and they would be so confused!

Kristina P. said...

Wow.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Enjoy your Mama's Day JM!
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Herding Cats said...

She sounds like special lady!

Um, when people ask if my brother is my boyfriend, I make the Britney Spears' face you posted. Gross.

Johana Hill said...

Oh this post reminds me of my cousin. She married a guy who looks like her brother! When they go out shopping, her husband (who is a big flirt) tell the ladies that he's shopping with his sister who just came from abroad! Many fall for it. Ugh. But they really look brother and sister. :(

Eva Gallant said...

Maybe the lady was from Alabama?

blueviolet said...

Have a great visit with your brother!!!

Shorty said...

Ah yes, the brainless moments that kind strangers bestow on us from time to time. I'm embarrassed to think that I may have been one of the brainless-wonders at one time or another. Especially as a younger person. Anyway I digress... I think it would've been funny if you would've put on your finest hillbilly accent and said, "We're from the mountains and that's just how we have to do it sometimes."

Joann Mannix said...

Evidently, we are not from the same kind of South. Where I live you have to explain relatives like this, "This is my brother, but not my brother/husband."

Otherwise people just assume.

The store that sells the steel balls that hang from the pickup trucks hitches, also has a notary republic so you can marry your brother and get your steel balls all at the same time.

Makes things a whole lot easier.

Barbaloot said...

Of course---cuz my automatic assumption upon hearing someone is your brother is to also think they're your husband. Wow.

Happy Mother's Day.

Myya said...

What an idiot that lady was! Yeah, who would have EVER thought you'd have to explain that he wasn't your brother & husband just your brother. People are so stupid sometimes!
Have a wonderful Mother's Day! :)

MommaAmma said...

Oh wow, what a face! I think I take the plastic surgery overloaded women over that! At least you know what expression to expect on them.

My brother and I look just a like too. I've always loved looking like a boy. Hey, at least he's popular with the ladies.

Happy Mother's Day! YOU are awesome!

Helena Halme said...

Some people...when I go out with my 22-year-old son, who looks older and has very dark hair & features (I am blonde), people give me nasty looks. I have to say something like 'I wonder if DAD would like this...' to stop them staring. You may well ask why I care.

Helena xx

Jessica said...

That picture of britney is awful!!! Hahaha

MrsDixon said...

I love your blog, I truly think....no wait...I did just urinate on myself. TMI? This is too funny!

Slamdunk said...

Our jumping place is an hour away so the older boy rarely gets to go. He is already plotting a way for us to move closer--just for his fun purposes.

Happy Mothers Day!

Babes Mami said...

I do know Monkey Joes! Maybe because I'm your SC neighbor. When I was pregnant we promised 2 neices and a nephew ages 3, 4 and 6 that we would take them. I ended up having to go home from work because I was sick so I couldn't go and my husband still took them all! Hahaha torture (and practice) I laughed hilariously when he texted me for help about taking the girls to the bathroom. Loved it!

And whoa! to the lady thinking your brother was your husband!!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

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Pricilla said...

Happy Mother's Day.
Enjoy it...

The Naked Writer said...

the faces were priceless! i don't know i guess i am a little sick, but i would of played it up for a while just to make her real queesy!
thanks for making me laugh uberly hard today! ;o)

Matty said...

Now that is just plain funny. She actually thought that? Just funny. Hope you have a great Mother's Day.

foxy said...

The fact that you have to specify that he is your brother AND NOT YOUR HUSBAND is freaking hilarious. So funny!!

Have a good weekend, girl!!

AmyLK said...

Now THAT'S Funny! Happy Mother Day! Enjoy!

MindyMom said...

That's pretty effin funny! I would have just gone with it and let her think what she thought. Then give my brother a big ol hug when he got back. ;)

Mommy Lisa said...

I love that Brittany face...

Happy Mother's Day to you! Here's to MiniMac taking a nap so you can enjoy a sit and a glass of wine during the daylight!

J.J. said...

My sibs and I all went to the same high school. The brothers were football players and wrestlers. One brother went to the home matches whenever he could. When I hit high school, I also went to the matches and he'd take me home afterwards.

One day, he came to a match late and sat down next to me. A little while later, he went down to talk to the wrestling coach (who was a friend of his).

A friend of mine came and sat with me, telling me how handsome my 'boyfriend' was, where did I meet him, etc. Of course, I played along.

After the match, he came back and asked, "What's mom making for dinner?" She gave me a nasty look and walked away. I later told her, "Hey, I can't help it if he looks nothing like me."

Jenn@the loves of jenn said...

That's hilarious! I was in the back woods of Georgia once and we saw some really interesting things...and by interesting I mean disturbing.

Happy Mother's Day to you!

undomestic chica said...

That's hilarious! Too bad you didn't play it up for just a bit.

Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him said...

My brother would never sit next to me in the movie theater for fear of people thinking "we were dating." I would always say, "We look too much alike, people would know we're not romantically linked." Apparently, he is wiser than I gave him credit for.

Leah Rubin said...

Wow, she's giving the hill people a bad name! I say, What the WHAT?

Have a wonderful Mother's Day with your lovely family! Enjoy!

L.

Janelle said...

Wow...

Have a great Mom's day too!

Christiejolu said...

Love the visuals!

Happy Mothers Day to you!

M-Cat said...

Maybe she forgot she was in Georgia and thought she was in Arkansas!

Happy Momma's day girl!

Karls said...

Hahahahahahahahaha! That's about all I got for you! People are fa-reaks!

HalfAsstic.com said...

And happy Mother's Day to you too, Jenny! I hope it's wonderful! I feel fairly certain mine will be since, this year, it falls on my birthday. This happens about every 7 or so years, but it shifts my gift giving family into overdrive. ;-)
Heh! Bring on the booty!

Maria said...

That's just all kinds of wrong..

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

WhisperingWriter said...

Mmm, I love brunches!

Have a fantastic Mother's Day. I'm ordering pizza. My husband has to work and there is no way I'm cooking on my day.

Luna said...

wow interesting. i have a friend who got married last year and her husband actually looks exactly like her. they look like identical twins, the only difference is one of them is a guy and the other a girl. friends have actually told them to get a dna test to make sure they are not related.

Little Ms Blogger said...

What are you saying? Ya mean it ISN'T normal to marry your brother?

Hmmpph...Now I have something to think about.

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

Well, I've been known to come up with some truly stupid things to say on occasion, so I can't judge her too harshly ;) Just wish I knew enough to hit the "mute" button on my mouth sometimes!

Thanks for your steamy haiku and comment regarding the guest post on Jade's blog! ;)

Have a fabulous Mother's Day weekend! *hugs*

The Random Blogette said...

We have one of those bouncy places here too, and I have to like it because one of my friends owns it. And as for that chick actually thinking that you married your brother...maybe she has some issues of her own! What is funny is that my husband looks exactly like my brother and my brother's wife look like she could be my sister. It is weird!

Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Jennifer said...

Guess you've had a week full of "interesting" people. Here's hoping next week will be full of intellectually stimulating folks instead. Have a lovely Mother's Day and soak up the love. Peace out - catch ya on Monday.

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Sharon's New Life said...

What a funny story... and as a native Georgian, I'm only slightly afraid she might have actually thought you married your brother!
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Tracie said...

Too funny!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Jodi said...

Oh wow....lol. Too funny. And kind of scary too that she would actually think that first. LOL

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Sabreena said...

I have read about this mistaken sibling identity on many blogs and am amazed people can't tell the difference. There are some brothers and sisters who don't look alike but many do so the assumption you found a husband that looks like you is odd. Once, at the grocery store someone thought my dad was my husband/father of my toddlers. That was sick. Plus, he's too old to have a 2 and 3 year old. I don't go out with him as much now.

Sabreena said...

I have read about this mistaken sibling identity on many blogs and am amazed people can't tell the difference. There are some brothers and sisters who don't look alike but many do so the assumption you found a husband that looks like you is odd. Once, at the grocery store someone thought my dad was my husband/father of my toddlers. That was sick. Plus, he's too old to have a 2 and 3 year old. I don't go out with him as much now

Sabreena said...

I have read about this mistaken sibling identity on many blogs and am amazed people can't tell the difference. There are some brothers and sisters who don't look alike but many do so the assumption you found a husband that looks like you is odd. Once, at the grocery store someone thought my dad was my husband/father of my toddlers. That was sick. Plus, he's too old to have a 2 and 3 year old. I don't go out with him as much now

secret agent woman said...

Idiots in general, indeed. Good grief! Like you would be calmly announcing an incestuous relationship.

Poindexter said...

Maybe, just maybe, that's what happens when you visit Monkey Joe's just a little bit too often with the kiddos.
Happy Mother's Day :)

Buffi Neal said...

LOVE the pictures and the story. So funny 'cause my brother's wife and I look like twins really. So I just stopped correcting people in my brother's town when they called me Mrs...

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Heather said...

Ewwwwww.

Nice to meet you. I hope you have a great Mother's Day.

I hope you will drop by sometime.

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Kate@And Then I Was a Mom said...

You know that woman was married to her cousin. That's where she got her standards.

Happy Mother's Day!

Lisa and Laura said...

That picture of Brit made me laugh out loud.

Happy Mother's Day to one of the funniest moms we know! XOXO

Tracy said...

Haha. You can't WRITE stuff funnier than the truth. You prove it over and over. Your posts always make me smile....enjoy your weekend and have a very Happy Mother's Day!

strokeofliving said...

Ya know JM, every now and again people have brain farts. With all of the incoming information, daily grind and responsibilities can you blame people?

The answer to that when "yes" is, Sure I can blame people. With statements like the one I made "He's my brother. Not my husband" can only be interpreted one way. And that way is not twisting my statement into "He's my brother AND my husband. Lady WTF?

The answer to that when "no" is, No I guess I can't blame people when not knowing the day a person had decides to go out to Monkey Joe's mingle a bit and says something dumb to a complete stranger, must quickly recover with humor. "I thought you said it's your brother AND your husband. Isn't that funny?" You think "poor poor Alfalfa," she didn't get it or clearly wasn't listening. So you look at her astonished about the whole thing and with pity say to yourself lady WTF?

Either way when your brain takes a vacation there is a collective WTF? for all involved.

Happy Mother's day.

Just Breathe said...

Have a beautiful Mother's Day

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

That was funny!

My dad's brain took a vacation day at his class reunion. A man came up to him and my dad said, "Oh I remember you, your dad robbed the gas station."

I thought my mom was going to divorce him on the spot after that one.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I look nothing like either of my brothers, luckily. My own daughter doesn't even look like me. However, several of my nieces are frequently mistaken for my own children. Which is not nearly as disgusting as you being married to your brother.

Laurie said...

People are so weird (read: dumb)

I met "Blueberry" once ...and wished my nickname was Blueberry.

Here's to Tumbleweed meeting Blueberry. They'd be a cute couple.

Kristin said...

Dude no way did that happen. Why would anyone ever think that? I can't really talk though...Once upon a time we drove past a sign that was advertising puppies for sale...next to it were 7 digits...I said, why are those puppies so much? The hubs said, ummmmmm that's a phone number. He still likes to remind me about that.

Bossy Betty said...

Always good to hear your brother and husband are not the same!

Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

anaïs said...

some people...hahaha! that is about all that i can say about that woman's response to your answer. it makes you wonder what type of people she normally encounters :-) you handled it very diplomatically (no surprise there), for which i hope that she was very thankful. have a great mother's day! may your brunch be wildly successful!

carma said...

enjoy your Mother's Day Brunch and time with your brother - er husband :D

Baloney said...

Happy Mother's Day JennyMac!
I can't believe she thought that. Even when I am most sleep deprived I don't think my brain would go there. I would have let her believe it and not cleared things up.
Hope you have had a wonderful day and your events went well.
May is a busy month around here too.

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

PS Happy Mommy's Day!!! I adore you and your fantabulous bloggy. XOXOX

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

But being married to your cousin is okay right?

Buckeroomama said...

LOL!

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. :)

Cranky Mommy said...

I don't know... you don't have to go very far out of town to get to family marryin' territory, but I guess siblings would still be a shock even there.
My brain takes regular and frequent vacations - her's must have gone on a Mediterranean cruise.