Monday, May 11, 2009

Word to Your Mother

In honor of the Day of the Mother's I am posting about my mem. Virginia Marie Capone. That's her in the middle. She goes by Ginger, Ging, Ginger-vitus, Ramona Capona, Gingerbread Head, Gingiva, Mom, Mammma, Mem, Mammy Cat, Mamasita, Mrs. Bradley, Ms. Bratley, and Sister Bradley.
My mom is 100% Italian. She is the 3rd born in a family of 8. Jimmy, Tommy, Ginger, Marie, Joey, Victor, Betsy, and Patty. This is her and her sistas. (Mom on far left) My mom grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has never-ending love for that city. My mom was converted to the church while she was living in a convent.

My mom has an incredible feel for common sense. She ha the answer to any problem you can think of. It's like she sees it in a totally new and different way and therefor has the answer. I once asked her how she figures everything out so well. She told me that in College she took a Logistics class. And it was hard. The whole course was how to figure out what A+B equalled in a million different cases. She figured she could apply that class to every aspect of her life. So she busted her chops and learned everything she could out of that class. Now she can solve any problem. ie. Patty (A) likes a Boy (B) A+B must equal A+B. If the boy doesn't like Patty than the equation will never work no matter how much A is in the equation. Get it? Pretty cool if you ask me.
My mom is okay being an old-fashioned woman. She literally serves my dad. And she loves it. She makes him a hot meal that is on the table at 5:30 every night. She brings him lemonade and a cool washrag when he is mowing the lawn. She pops popcorn and pours a Root Beer when his weekly show is coming on. She irons his shirts. It's a little 50s-esque. But I admire it.
My mom is the best story-teller in the world. When she tells a story or an experience- there is no stuttering, no weird pauses, no forgetting where she was. It's almost like she wrote it down and can recite it from memory. I love hearing her tell stories.
My mom loves to dance. Andi gave her two CDs for Mothers Day of all my mom's favorite songs. Some of which include: Cleaning Out My Closet- Eminem, Womanizer- Brittney Spears, Oh Sherri- Steve Perry, Never There- CAKE, Shot You Down- Audi Bully feat. Nancy Sinatra, Mambo # 5- Lou Bega, Sway- Pussycat Dolls, Girls- Beastie Boys. I love that my mom loves music. Period. Not country music or pop or classic. She just loves music. All kinds.
Plus, my mom is gorgeous. She really is. I love how pretty she is. Her skin is amazing and her hair. Everyone is always talking about how great her hair is. And it really is. She's the prettiest mom I know.
Yesterday, I asked her what the best advice she could give me about being a mom:
"You know your kids can be perfect but, you have to let them do it their own way, anyway."


johnandjana said...

What a great tribute to your Mom! She looks like an amazing woman and she has a pretty awesome daughter that fits in the family quite well. We're glad to have you in our family, and we love the way you blog. All my girls comment about that all the time.

Heath Family said...

You have your mom's smile and her good looks...that was really cool to read.

Karlenn said...

Okay, I have GOT to meet this woman. I love that she loves The Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, etc. She is a woman after my own heart. And I think you have your mom's smile, too. And how amazing that she was in a convent when she was converted! Holy moly! And I didn't know your dad had red hair!

Natalie said...

Ging, you're the best!

Gantt Clan said...

Patty, I absolutely loved reading about your Mom. I really love her too. Thanks for sharing.