Did you send your Mom a Mother’s Day card?

May 10th, 2008 · 78 comments

“Living with your parents while still in college has it’s benefits (saving money and all) but it also has its drawbacks,” writes Laura in Springfield, Missouri. Primarily…boundaries.

“My parents regularly grab my mail and put it in a compartment on a desk in our kitchen, which I don’t always check,” Laura explains. Sometime shortly after Christmas, Laura’s mother left her daughter a thank-you note. (An oddly formal gesture, but at least she didn’t actually lick a stamp and mail it first.)

The trouble arose several weeks later, when Mom discovered the note — still unopened — mixed in with Laura’s other mail. Her reaction? Another note, of course.

Thanks for opening this - I won't send anything else - Mom

On that note…Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

related: I can has guilt trip?

FILED UNDER: going postal · Missouri · Moms & Dads · Mother's Day · Mother-daughter notes · Springfield · thanks but no thanks


78 responses so far ↓

  • #1   César

    just like my mom : ).

    FIRSTTSTSTTS!!!

    May 9, 2008 at 11:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   amazon bang

      Your mom!

      May 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   secondsout bang

      thingsididlastnight.com

      May 10, 2008 at 12:16 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   Crash bang

      8)

      May 10, 2008 at 12:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Billy Bobbin for Apples

      You too?

      May 10, 2008 at 2:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   Quite Contrary bang

      My mom too. Except she would be silently angry about it, insisting nothing was wrong when asked, until some other real or perceived offense occurred. Then she may (or may not) blow up at the second offense, and bring in the first offense (of which I had never been made aware of until now) as evidence that I am truly an inconsiderate, ungrateful child.

      Beg for forgiveness. Repeat.

      May 10, 2008 at 10:17 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   secondsout bang

      QC, this is pretty funny if you read it as a response to my post at 1.2 instead of Cesar’s at #1.

      May 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   marc

    she has kick ass penmanship; she should write notes for a living

    May 9, 2008 at 11:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   zombieBlanco bang

    But why was mom using a nom de plume?

    May 9, 2008 at 11:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   park rose bang

    Or is it a lolcats in Laura’s Mom’s kitchen, eating Laura’s mail? nom nom nom.

    May 9, 2008 at 11:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   amazon bang

    The essence of PA’ness! Short, sweet, and dripping with guilt. Aww, almost makes me want to call my mom… almost.

    May 9, 2008 at 11:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Good, mom…I live here! Next time, just talk to me.

    Sent my mom Omaha Steaks this year.
    She didn’t like the live lobster dinner last year. Something about the cooking process.
    Praise be that she still has all of her choppers!

    I love you, Mom,
    Happy Mothers’ Day ♥ !!!

    Best to yours too, Kerry! ♥ ♥ ♥ :-D

    May 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Maybe....

      …you could stop sending her food and “just talk to her”?

      Nah, too easy…

      Thanks, Terry’s Mom!

      May 9, 2008 at 11:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Canthz_B bang

      Maybe…you don’t know that my mom and I talk almost daily, maybe you don’t know the difference between Terry and Kerry, maybe you are an asshole, maybe you are Mother Theresa…who knows…right?
      Maybe you forgot that I can back-edit too and that you originally accused me of poor spelling?

      May 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Nom de Guerre

    Well, at least with that note we have some insight into how Laura can write “has its” twice in the same preamble … and still spell one of them incorrectly. Shame on you, “nom”!

    May 9, 2008 at 11:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Reno

      This way it’s guaranteed that at least one “its” is spelled correctly…

      May 10, 2008 at 11:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    Now, if we could just get that Mom off of Valium & Vodka Martinis, we could improve on her penmanship.

    May 9, 2008 at 11:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   RunBarbara bang

      *hic*
      time to sign the will…
      *falls over*

      May 10, 2008 at 3:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   summer

    mom have a few glasses of wine when she wrote this? what do you think the slashes mean?

    May 9, 2008 at 11:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Canthz_B bang

      Wow, summer, same thought, same time! :-)

      May 10, 2008 at 12:05 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   soulofaqua

      Is it not still spring?

      May 10, 2008 at 12:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Canthz_B bang

      “Summer” and “summer” are different my literal friend. :-)
      As long as the levees hold.
      Oh, wait, whose country lies below sea level?
      Bwahahahahaha!! :evil:

      Perhaps try responding to the notes and not the comments so much, eh, soul of aqua?

      May 10, 2008 at 12:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   secondsout bang

      Soul Of Aqua, I was just noticing that we could abbreviate your name SOA. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that Dutch for sexually transmitted disease?

      May 10, 2008 at 1:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   amazon bang

      I swear I saw soulofaqua post on cute overload. It’s a very odd feeling running into the same person on the world wide web for completely unrelated reasons.

      Ha! Here it is: http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2008/05/you-gotta-send.html#comment-113732548

      I use different screennames on different blogs, so no one realizes how many blogs are in my daily rounds. ;)

      May 10, 2008 at 2:31 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   Canthz_B bang

      This makes me want to have a girlfriend just so I can send it to her!

      soulofaqua

      That’s so sweet, my masturbating friend. :evil:

      Nice pick-up, Amazon!!

      May 10, 2008 at 3:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   WickedLady bang

      Teeheehee. Yes, secondsout, that’s right. I was just thinking the same thing. :P

      May 10, 2008 at 8:22 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.8   soulofaqua

      That is absolutely correct secondsout and I oftly do abbreviate it to soa, is there any problem with me being a sexually transmitted disease?

      Jan 3, 2010 at 4:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   summer

    send???

    May 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Sarah bang

    Leave a letter in their mail saying “You’re welcome! Just what I wanted!”

    May 10, 2008 at 12:08 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   secondsout bang

    See, mom, I actually steamed open the envelope, read it, and then re-sealed it. Why? Umm, uhhh, I thought it was a secret?

    May 10, 2008 at 12:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   secondsout bang

    Laura may not check her pile of mail often, but I bet she’s a Facebook junkie. In order for mom to communicate with her daughter, she’ll need a facebook account. Generation gap…

    May 10, 2008 at 12:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Canthz_B bang

      LOL, NPR had a woman on today advocating just such a thing for parents and children!
      I miss when open communication meant open hand across open buttocks!

      May 10, 2008 at 1:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Izzy

      My mum just got Facebook. My dad thinks it’s for losers. Typical.

      You think just telling Laura she had mail, or GIVING her the mail, might work better.

      May 10, 2008 at 1:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   secondsout bang

      Yeah, but that would deprive the mom of a chance to be a put-upon whiny mother.

      May 10, 2008 at 1:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   unholyghost2003 bang

    Is Laura my half-sister? THAT note is worthy of a Jew turned Catholic mother! Brava!

    May 10, 2008 at 1:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Ben

    Time to find out what mom’s allergic to and leave an open bottle of it around the house – I think.

    May 10, 2008 at 2:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Crash bang

      I Suppose that’s one way of saying “Happy Mothers Day” huh ?

      May 10, 2008 at 2:16 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   secondsout bang

      That won’t stop her from leaving PANs. Click here for proof.

      May 10, 2008 at 2:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   RALPHY

    Maybe Laura will “luck out” and Mom actually won’t send anything else. Problem solved!

    May 10, 2008 at 7:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Wade bang

    I want to know is what Mom was going to write for the second sentence. That “I” started out as a “D”.

    Do you think I write thank you notes just to practice penmanship?”

    May 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   zombieBlanco bang

      Do you have plans for living elsewhere?”

      May 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   anglophile bang

      Don’t think I won’t remember this when your birthday rolls around next year.”

      May 10, 2008 at 1:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Canthz_B bang

      Damn you, you’re just like your real father!”

      May 10, 2008 at 2:40 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   Ben bang

      Do not test me. I will destroy you.

      May 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   Canthz_B bang

      Don’t you know I can come back as a 1928 Porter and haunt you?!”

      (put that in your evil way back machine, Wade!) :evil:

      May 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.6   RunBarbara bang

      Don’t make me put you in the unitard!

      May 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.7   secondsout bang

      Death to those who dare scorn mother! DEATH!

      May 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.8   Canthz_B bang

      Darn it! I spent your wedding fund on my new Mercedes! The Justice of the Peace is a lovely man though.”

      May 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.9   secondsout bang

      Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you.”

      May 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.10   amy d bang

      I think it was going to be dickface. As in:

      Thanks for opening this-dickface!

      May 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.11   Quite Contrary bang

      Don’t worry. I will remember this for a very long time. And I won’t let you forget.

      May 10, 2008 at 10:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   marcopuffin bang

    Damn this spider he’s on crack

    May 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   anglophile bang

      Probably dyslexic, too.

      May 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   summer

    NEXT!

    May 10, 2008 at 1:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   o_O

    am i weird for thinking mom’s signature looks suspiciously like “onion” ?

    May 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Andrew

    That is classic and extra passive with a dab of awesome agressiveness.

    May 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   summer

    any note that leaves you with your mouth downturned and your finger on your John Travolta dimple, looking sideways to see if anybody is watching is a P/A note, in case ya didn’t know. it’s those notes that basically, you read and feel stupid/wierd/embarrassed/scared afterwards. Like the note from the boss that reads “see me”. you get it.

    May 10, 2008 at 10:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   summer

    i know you are dojng th John travolta downturned mouth thing as you read this so….admit it it’s the perfect p/a note stance!

    May 10, 2008 at 10:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   TuesdayPillow

    The slashes are a precursor of things to come. You better lock your door when you sleep.

    May 11, 2008 at 5:32 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   bellabeastie

    I have a couple of questions-
    1. Why was Mom going through Laura’s mail? Again?
    2. What was Laura being thanked for in the first place?
    3. Since when is it expected to thank someone back for a thank-you note? (Especially when you didn’t get it).
    4. Thank-you notes mean you did something nice/thoughtful, right?

    Well, obviously from the tone of the note it just wasn’t enough.

    Team Laura Needs Her Own Mailing Address

    May 11, 2008 at 6:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Voca Popula

      Indeed. And if your daughter lives in your household, is it really necessary to “send” her either a gift or a thank-you note?

      May 12, 2008 at 9:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   bellabeastie

    P.S. Dear Starbucks Barista Note Leavah

    Cavs WON & Celtics suck. haha.

    P.P.S. My Mom Rocks !!

    May 11, 2008 at 9:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Jinx

    You can see the anger in mom’s (if that’s her real name!) writing.

    May 11, 2008 at 10:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   claw71 bang

    Mom’s truly PA. Using my keen powers of knowing exactly what everybody is thinking, I have determined that the real issue is Laura’s increasingly snug mail drawer. Since grungy college chick doesn’t check her mail for weeks on end, Mommy Dearest is having to stack the overflow on the desk. Mom should just draw the line and tell Laura she can either check her mail and deal with the correspondence in a timely fashion or move the fuck out.

    Listen, dingbat, it’s not your house so do your parents a solid and perform routine mailbox maintenance. Also, do your own laundry and stop sleeping on the couch until noon on Saturday.

    May 12, 2008 at 6:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   kendra bang

    yeah this sounds familiar… i had the “bright” idea of staying with my dad while going to graduate school when i moved from michigan to indiana… had lived on my own since i graduated college and thought it wouldn’t be that bad, and of course, I’d be able to save money. Well, one day I brought home a bottle of wine. I’m not one to bring alcohol home because I tend to just drink socially, but I had found a wine I had really liked and wanted to enjoy it one evening while I was home alone. Well, come to find out, the next day my dad takes the wine out of the fridge, puts it outside by the door, and inside the fridge is a note: “Please don’t bring alcohol into the house.” While I totally respect his wishes and had no issue with the content of his note, I wondered, ‘Why did he need to leave me a note? I was in the next room. Just talk to me about it.’ So I told him I’d rather just have a talk about it than a note cause it seems a little ridiculous.

    The next day? No note this time, but he pulled the corkscrew out of the drawer and placed it on the counter…

    May 12, 2008 at 10:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Mishee bang

      why did he provide you with a corkscrew if he didn’t want you drinking?

      I’m confused.

      May 12, 2008 at 10:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   kendra bang

      I bought the corkscrew the night I bought the wine… he just found it a couple of days later.

      May 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.3   marcopuffin bang

      shame, I was thinking it was an olive branch, as in “let’s open the bottle and enjoy it together!”. But perhaps it was a subconscious cry for help, as in, “I really need to chill out and get mellow – help me!!”

      May 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.4   unholyghost2003 bang

      Kendra, are you a bad daughter in some way we missed or is your dad just extra uptight? Are you Mormon or Muslim? Is your Dad an alcoholic who is in recovery? I mean WTF? His reaction seems extreme and strange.

      May 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.5   Quite Contrary bang

      My guess? He’s allergic to both wine and corkscrews.

      May 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.6   kendra

      I’m pretty sure I’d have to go with this one… “subconscious cry for help, as in, “I really need to chill out and get mellow – help me!!””

      He’s a former Baptist minister and doesn’t drink and doesn’t think a “good christian” would drink. But then again, in the past he has told me that he doesn’t judge me for the social drinking I do from time to time. Personally, I think he’s a super control freak who doesn’t have anything to control. He’s also very passive aggressive when it comes to a lot of other things (ie: instead of saying that my dog probably needs to go out when i get home from work, he’d say “Beals, maybe you should ask your mommy to take you out.” Yeah. He’s super weird. I could create a whole PAN site just on him if he’d just write more notes.

      May 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   neal peart

    sometimes this is nothing more than a pathetic little circle jerk. but, still, great pan!

    May 13, 2008 at 1:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   RP

    “I won’t send anything else”

    Your mom just gave you permission to stop buying her gifts. I don’t see the problem here; you’re gonna save a ton of money!

    May 13, 2008 at 1:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
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