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!'