Humor, Life, Motherhood

Dance Like Your Bra is Showing

I submitted this piece to the Erma Bombeck writing competition. I didn’t win but it’s all good because inside I am a winner. No, actually it totally sucks that I didn’t win. And by the way, it is pretty friggin hard to be funny in 450 words or less. Or maybe that’s just me. 

I like to pride myself on being a modest individual. I don’t rock the boat as it pertains to things like outfits,
hairstyles, or even my dietary needs. I like comfortable shoes, the classic bob and Oreo’s. I am middle of the road, some would even say boring.
My teenager, however, has PLENTY of words to describe me, if pressed. Since having a teenager, I have learned the following:
-I know absolutely NOTHING when it comes to absolutely EVERYTHING.
-I have hair coming in on my upper lip.
-I need to wear a much more supportive bra to the grocery store.
-I am not allowed to dance. Ever. In front of her or in front of other people for that matter.
Now, I am not a mom who “purposely” chooses to embarrass my children. I don’t even wear yoga pants to soccer pick up. I always wipe the Cheetos residue off my lips before her friends come through the door. I don’t use trendy words like “totes” or “adorbs”. And I am pretty sure I am a lot less embarrassing than most parents my age. I mean, I have the Facebook. I know what is out there.

Yet, I am embarrassing.
Mortifying when I try to give her a hug in public.
And a definite deal-breaker if the said hug is given with loud kissy sounds.But this is the thing I want her to know: I don’t remember any of the myriads of embarrassing things my parents did when I was a teen and there were MANY.

I only really remember the embarrassing things I did to myself as a teenager.

Like the time I got my first period during my 8th grade Science class while wearing white jeans. Or when me and my big ass 1987 Gunny Sack by Jessica McClintock dress got stuck in a bathroom stall during prom at the local Masonic Temple.

The time I got walked in on while singing “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS into my flat iron.
Okay, that might have been last month.

The point is, she won’t remember my upper lip hair, the bra-less Wal-Mart runs, or my stellar dance moves.

What she will remember is a loving mom who recalled what it was like to be a teenager and has plenty of her own embarrassing stories to tell.

Like the time my bra was hanging out of my dress in front of hundreds of people while posing for a picture with Ree Drummond.


Me and Ree Drummond. And my bra.

I DID wear a bra back then!

16 thoughts on “Dance Like Your Bra is Showing”

  1. Hahaha! Love this. My daughter is 10 and starting to set those "rules" for me. No dancing when friends are around is a big one. Love that picture, too funny!!


  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! That pic is cray-cray (yeah, I am banned from saying that , but YOLO…oops, that too). Really, the only question at this point is what color cape you are going to where, because once they know you will actually TRY to embarrass them, you are golden!!


  3. What? No yoga pants to soccer pick up? It's a good thing my kids don't play soccer. You're a winner in my book, Kari.


    1. No but definitely socks with sandals. You are a winner too.I think we should treat ourselves to pie in Dayton.


  4. Too funny!!! You win! Hands down! Aaaaaaand…. Your teenager may not realize it now, but she is the biggest winner in all this.


  5. Love it, Kari! If it makes you feel any better, I cried when I met Jen Hatmaker about two months ago. I would almost have preferred that my bra stick out…


  6. ARGH! I just left you a comment and I don't see it. Now I don't know if it's one of those "your comment is being moderated" situations or if I did something wrong… so I'll leave it again.Ahem.Love this, Kari. If it makes you feel any better, I cried when I met Jen Hatmaker about a month ago. I think I would have preferred having my bra hang out…


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