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About this blog: About this blog: I have enjoyed parenting five children in Palo Alto for the past two decades and have opinions about everything to do with parenting kids (and dogs). The goal of my blog is to share the good times and discuss the ...  (More)

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An early Mother's Day gift

Uploaded: May 6, 2015
This year, my preteen and teenage daughters gave me an early Mother's Day gift. They permitted me to do a really embarrassing thing in public and some of their friends even witnessed it!

We have cohabitated with teenagers for over a dozen years. For the most part they have us well trained not to behave in ways that humiliate them. Other than the occasional lecture to the carpool on the dangers of underage drinking, I try to be sensitive to their extreme self-consciousness and contain myself when we are in public together. Until last weekend. The girls and I performed in our annual church musical. For this year's show, I was unexpectedly called upon to don a large, sparkly, fruity, Carmen Miranda-style hat and dance the cha-cha front and center while shaking maracas. It was a total blast.

Thank you, girls, for indulging your mother, and allowing me to do such a wacky thing, and for even giving me high-fives afterwards. It almost makes up for the fact that instead of being served a scrambled-eggs breakfast in bed this year, I will be on my second camping trip within a two week period with one of your Girl Scout troops this Mother's Day!
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Posted by Debbie, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on May 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I can hardly wait for the video!


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Posted by Sally Torbey, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on May 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Sally Torbey is a registered user.

Hi Debbie, I have promised myself NOT to watch the video!


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Posted by LJ, a resident of another community,
on May 7, 2015 at 5:20 am

A star is born!


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Posted by Teresa, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive,
on May 7, 2015 at 6:25 am

Hahaha! That's hilarious Sally! Good for you and Happy Mother's Day!


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Posted by Debbie, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on May 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

You will have to wait a few years to watch the video!


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Posted by Sally Torbey, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on May 7, 2015 at 7:47 am

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Hi LJ,
It was fun but I am under no illusion that there was talent involved!

Hi Teresa,
Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Hi Debbie,
I plan to wait more than just a few years to watch it!


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Posted by PR, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on May 7, 2015 at 7:55 am

Thank you, Sally! High Fives to you and your whole family!


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Posted by Sally Torbey, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Thanks, PR, right back at you!


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