We had a lot of fun talking about the topic of “When My Mama Went Crazy” on the TJMS today. It’s a subject we can all relate to, including me.
As a kid, as a teen, and as an adult, I’ve always had a lot to say -okay, clearly I’ve been talkative all of my life.
My mother, who is not quite as outgoing as me, has always encouraged me to ask questions, speak my mind, and to not be afraid. These are good principles to instill in your child, at least until it backfires on you, right?
I’m not sure what it is about teen-age years that make us feel like we can conquer the world. In fact, we should try. That is, until somewhere in the translation of “world” we think mama is included – not so much. Mama’s are a different world unto themselves.
And, if I never knew that, I certainly learned that truth on the day my “Mama Went Crazy.” For whatever reason, the dumb-demon got a hold on me, and as I was expressing myself to my mother she did something that provoked me to take a stance like I was going to hit her back – The thing is, I can’t remember exactly what because clearly, I was out of my mind!
In addition to getting a beat-down, I got the whole “I brought you into to this world and I will take you out” speech. And, I think she really meant it. My mother almost beat me like I was a stranger stealing from her. My grandmother had to run into the room and beg her not to kill her child. I know she “saw red” as we say when we’re at out highest height of anger. That day, I realized my mother was the strongest person in the world. Once she finally got off of me, I had to peel myself off of my grandmother’s hot plastic couch covering.
Thank God for grandmother’s, they save us time and time again, I’m sure we all have a horror story. Like the summer when our senior producer Nikki was about 14 years old; she was feeling grown-ish and would come out of her mouth smarty pants-like to her mom. Her grandma, who was visiting, would consistently save her from her mother’s wrath. But, the minute her mother took grandma to the airport, guess who got the ultimate payback? Nikki says she didn’t come out of her room for two days afterwards.
As for me, I’m in my thirties now; and one time of my mama going crazy is all it took. I’m still scared of her. Ironically, when I have kids, I want to put that same fear inside of them-it’s called respect!
Are you the crazy mom or did you have one? Please comment, we want to hear form you.
Deya “Direct” Smith is a producer on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. She can be reached at Deyadirect@aol.com , Deyadirect.com, or on Facebook.