Happy Rosh Hashana, friends! (Or, as my friend Elyse taught me years ago, L’Shana Tova!)

And happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday! Thank you all so much for your helpful comments on dealing with Writer’s Block on Tuesday’s post. I probably wouldn’t have been able to pull this post together without your inspiring words :)

While I normally do TOL in Top 8 List style, today my thoughts are rather long winded, so I cut the list down to 3 things for the sake of everyone’s attention spans.


Let’s continue.

Thought #1: Last year I recounted a conversation I had with my mother, and I think it’s time the internet once again bear witness to the latest exchange:

Yesterday morning my mother called me before work.

Upon hearing me mumble something sleepy resembling “hello” into the phone, she replied “good moooorning” in an upbeat sing-songy voice, which is nothing out of the ordinary.

While I buried my face further into my pillow she continued in song, inquiring about my well-being and agenda for the day before casually mentioning, in the key of C, that “today is Sing Your Words Day.”  

Sensing my reluctance to participate she quickly added: “As is customary the day before Rosh Hashanaaaa.”

While I had the nagging suspicion she was making this up, I went right along with it because while I may be many things, ‘defier of imaginary traditions’ is not one of them.

So I sang the sentence: “I don’t remember doing this last year…”

To which she sang back: “Well then, think harder dear…”

And then we harmonized on the “dear” until I needed another sip of coffee.

high notes



Thought #2:  In other news, I regret to inform you all that Boston rats seem to have lost their sense of urgency.

As I approached a rat on the sidewalk yesterday evening expecting it to scamper, as rats do, I was disappointed that this rat had taken it upon himself to disprove the old adage that it is more afraid of me than I am of it.

After a prolonged staring contest, the rat blinked first and sauntered shamelessly back into the bush from whence it came.

This leads me to the conclusion that rats have forgotten their place in society, which I blame entirely on mass media’s irresponsible portrayal of precocious vermin in movies like Ratatouille and Stuart Little.




Thought #3: In other things-that-don’t-know-their-place news, my glasses are refusing to stay on my nose lately. I could just make a reminder on my phone to get them tightened, but since we’re thinking out loud today, y’all are getting in on that information.



Where’s your favorite place to sing- car? shower? other?

What’s your biggest phobia? (Rats are mine, who’s with me?)

What’s something weird your family does?

(Thanks for hosting, Amanda!)


39 Thoughts on “Does Anyone Else’s Mom Do This? (TOL)

  1. I love the idea of a ‘sing your words day,’ and can I participate even if I’m not Jewish? I couldn’t agree more about the rats. Look how big-headed mice are because of Mickey! It’s outrageous.
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  2. I love, sing everything to have to say day! My favorite day on the calendar! And you are so correct, the media has ruined our society, giving everyone and then some (rats) their 5 minutes of fame and nobody (rats) wants to go back to being a regular Joe, staying in the gutter when a human walks by!
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  3. I think me and your mum would be good mates. We could duet to Nelly and Kelly’s Dilemma.

    How dare movies glorify such creatures. Next week, Harry Potter won’t even be wearing his invisibility cloak amongst us. I hate spiders. oh spiders.
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    • LOL thank you for bringing harry potter into this. I probably need more harry potter on my blog in general. and yesss- you guys have some big spiders in Australia! (If we had them here i too would probably be more afraid)

  4. Haha usually I’m the upbeat sing-songy one in the morning and my mother is angry at me for calling so early.

    We need to stop letting rats watch Disney movies, clearly.
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  5. Sing Your Words Day…errrr why can’t this be EVERY day- your mom sounds so fun! Can I be friends with her??

    Biggest phobia would definitely be of cats…not sure where it stems from but just the sight of ’em makes my heart skip a beat!!
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  6. True story: I’ve never actually seen a real live rat before. We legit don’t have them up here in Alberta… like, they’re even illegal to keep as pets (yes, I did want one at some point!), and I never came across one when I was travelling. Same with cockroaches, scorpions, and super deadly spiders. I’m very much okay with this fact… even if it means that I have to put up with 6 months of winter.
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  7. please tell me you’re kidding about the rat thing. because rats in our city are mainly in chinatown but they scamper off at any sound for fear of being turned into dinner by them damn chinamen! it’s not racist i said that because i’m asian so i’m allowed.

  8. So – I seem to always forget traditions – but am loving you and your mom’s ‘imaginary traditions’!!! I wonder if I can get my daughter to do sing each sentence for the rest of today with me – being as loony as she is I think she would be up to it; but my mom might hang up on me if I tried it on her! :)

    While your Bostonian rats are getting ballsy, squirrels in Atlanta think they rule the streets – they just saunter in the street and expect me to break for them and then they make eye contact and S-L-O-W-L-Y mosey on by – what the heck?!?!?! And I am in a car!!!

  9. “Sing your words day” – I definitely never heard of that one before! That conversation must of sound pretty funny!

    And as far as rats, I would seriously run the other way if I ever came across one. Rats, mice or any other kind of rodents totally freak me out!
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  10. Your phone convo with your mom is adorable and wonderful all at the same time. The rats on the other hand…THE HORROR!
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  11. BA HA HA HA! Your mom = hysterical! My mom is far from that kind of mom for sure! LOL!!! I don’t think I have ever heard her sing before in her life. Wait no, take that back! One time when I came home from school in high school, I walked in on her listening to her walkman (yep)… Some 60s music and she was dancing around the kitchen singing in a wig – the funniest, so NOT my mom, scene, EVER! LMFAO!!!!
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  12. I want in on this sing your words day action. Tell your mom to call me, although she should know harmonizing is not my forte. In fact, I can’t even hit a note which will never deter me from singing.

    Get a cat and carry him with you everywhere. The rats will flee in terror.

  13. haha I feel like your mom and my mom would get along well – that definitely sounds like something she would do.
    I actually don’t have a problem with rats – my brother had a couple while we were growing up, so I’m ok with them. Spiders, however, are a completely different story. I cannot handle that shit.
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  14. HaHa – I think I love your mom!!! What a fun way to start the day!!!
    Rats creep me out so I steer clear!

    BTW – keep forgetting to ask – did you fully recover from your concussion? No after affects or anything I hope!
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  15. Ha! Your mother is truly hilarious! I love your conversations!

    My phobia is definitely snakes. No thank you!
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  16. Hey girl!! Nothing like a little #TOL to reunite us, right?! So – I love your mom!! She’s hysterical and singing definitely puts a smile on my face so I say sing it!!! I would pass out if I saw a rat anywhere! and I know that feeling with your glasses – just get them fixed so you can stop being annoyed by them :)
    Happy New Year!!
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    • Hey girl!! I was so psyched to see your comment pop up!! You are so right about the glasses– this is so the type of thing i put off for weeks and then when i finally go i’m like “what took me so long??”

  17. Sing your words is every day ending in “y” for my 1st grader. She would be beyond thrilled to learn it is an actual thing! Now, since you shared with us, go get your glasses tightened! ;)-Ashley
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  18. Aw! Poor rats! I love them. A friend used to have them growing up and they were like tiny, adorable dogs. I’m much more terrified of Hobo spiders, which are aplenty in my neck of the woods. They aren’t cute at all. And they’re deadly.

    I sing everywhere. I love to make up songs for my dogs and husband. They make little to no sense, but put a smile on the hubs’s face. This also makes me the weird one in the family. :)
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  19. Your mom is full of joy and spontaneity and sounds so young at heart.

    Man, I wish my mother was like that. I can see where you get your humor from!
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  20. hahaha this reminds me of Zooey Deshanel on New Girl – always singing her words. That’s adorable though :) I love that you and your mom have that kind of relationship. Also, rats totally have lost their respect. No respect. They’re not my biggest phobia (mine is small, confined/dark spaces – hello claustrophobia!) but they sure are nasty.
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  21. I could not agree more on the rat thing! It must nationwide, because a few weeks ago a rat legit tried to fight my 50-pound dog while we were on a hike. I obviously was the most scared out of the 3 of us.
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  22. Is that anything like Talk Like a Pirate Day? Because they’re all over that one down here in NC.

    Now being the mom of two boys, I’m so disappointed that I don’t get to have that cool mother-daughter relationship I’ve always wanted since I became addicted to the Gilmore Girls……but without the whole getting pregnant in high school bit.
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