May 05, 2010

Trucker Flap Girls Won't You Come Out Tonight?

So I have been looking back at my experiences with my step mother lately (I can call her step mom on the blog because #1: she doesn't read it and #2: It's my blog), and all the memories are not bad. There was the time she really stepped up and came to help out when I had my 4th child. She'd never offered her services before because I had a very nice Mother in law who would come, but this time T's mother was ill and needed medical treatment that would prevent her from making it. Even though during their stay (my Dad came too), I felt inclined to make nice meals for them while I was a week postpartdum, it was overall a nice experience that I was grateful for. Then there was the time she told me how proud she was that I had finished college and had a great job. I about picked up my jaw off the floor.

There is one time that really sticks out in my mind though. We were on vacation driving to Mexico for the Christmas holiday. This was something our family had done with friends for many years. This was not JoAnn's idea of a Christmas vacation. It always seemed to me that she had a harder time when we were all cramped together on vacation. Vacations that we used to do with our real mother that held no memories for her. She had some of her worst moments with us on vacations.

One day while driving south of the border, my sisters and I must have been in a silly mode (not uncommon and probably irritating- as a Mother myself I see that now). Anyways you know the trucker wheel flaps with the silhouette of the hot chick sitting to the side with her knees up? She's wearing some Daisy Duke outfit (or possibly not), and has long hair and great posture. You know the one? She's probably caused many truckers to stray from their wives while on the road. Well when you are driving for a week you see her everywhere. I made the comment that someone is making a killing on that image and I was all burned up about it because no one ever asked my permission when sketching me in that side pose. I should really be getting some royalties. I am sure this probably offended her. She didn't care for my overconfidence. But perhaps something told her to take a different approach. Instead of rolling her eyes she joined in. She told me she thought she'd posed for that sketch and that she should be getting some pay back for all the trucker-flaps sold across the country. We laughed hysterically. And for the rest of the trip we had our own running joke. "There we are again! sigh!" "When are we going to see that paycheck?" "Where can we find a good lawyer about this!" We were united over a slutty trucker flap.

So I am seriously considering this as a mother's day gift for her: A set of girly trucker flaps and maybe a fake royalty check. Don't you just think that spells out a step daughter's love and devotion? 'We didn't share a lot of love but at least we imagined that we both had the smokin' hot body of a trucker flap chick. Happy Mother's Day!'

9 comments:

Cheeseboy said...

Great story. I've been considering a couple of those for my Hyundai Elantra.

Carrie Stuart said...

Oh you SO have to do this now, Kelly! I am serious. Do it!!!

Kelly said...

My only fear is that she probably won't remember the incident. I have a frightfully good memory about stuff (sometimes not good), and it happened over 15 years ago.

c a n d a c e said...

bahahaha I LOVE this Aunt Kelly!! I will be the first to admit I am not the biggest fan of my step-grandmother (I can say this because she doesn't read this and it's my comment -wink).
But this story baffles me as she is more of a prim/proper lady as you described. haha I hope you DO send them - whether she remembers or not ;)

This is why I Love you!!

Kelly said...

Love you too Candace. Keep Singing!

Chaka said...

Those mud flap girls look even hotter if you happen to have flames painted on your car too.

Becky said...

Great post! Now every time I see a "Trucker Flap Girl" I'll think of you! That IS a good memory, thanks for sharing it.

Melissa said...

What a great story!! It's incredible the little things that bring us together :) I hope you're doing it! Let us know how it goes!

CSIowa said...

I hope you tell this story to your kids every time you see some of those flaps. "Step-mom and I didn't get along great, but there was this one time . . ." and then they can have this positive thing to remember about her. And also they can think you are crazy for ever imagining it was you as the model because, well, some of them are teenagers. Teenagers can be rude and unimaginative, and tired of hearing a story--even if it's as good as this one.