when i was a kid, at the time i didn't think of my mom as being overly strict. she was stern and had her rules but i was a hellion always getting in trouble - she had to be on her toes.
but one thing that she was surprisingly strict about that i always sticks in my head is how i wasn't allowed to watch movies, tv shows or listen music that she thought was inappropriate.
--when i was in the 4th grade i was invited by a friend to a birthday sleepover for my friend stacey. we did the normal stuff, ate pizza, played games, watched a movie. the movie we watched was dirty dancing, i remember being so excited to see it. the next morning when my mom picked me up i told her what we did (like a good girl), and that i watched dirty dancing...
"WHAT?", she screamed getting out of the car and marching back into the house. she gave that mother a piece of her mind for showing a bunch of 9 year olds a movie that showed stealing, sex and abortion. i didn't know what that crap was at the time, i just liked the end dancing scene - duh.
--a year later i had just finished the 5th grade and my family and i were going to disney world for vacation. there was some sort of flight delay on our layover and it was going to be awhile before we would be able to take off again. the airline decided that they were going play pretty woman to help pass the time.
the movie started and my mom asked the stewardess if there was another movie they could play because her two girls were too young for the movie (this was before movies were edited). they said no. but she didn't take no for an answer - she went straight to the captain - which would never be able to happen in this day and age to plead her case. he saw her point and decided not to show the movie...
much to the dismay of the 200+ other passengers who now had no entertainment becausemy mom didn't want us to see julia roberts play a hooker with multi colored condoms who liked to floss. it's still a cinderella story at the end!
--i was in the 7th grade when sir mixalot came out with baby got back (i like big butts). 7th grade was also the year that my school, took a bus trip to washington dc to meet our congressman. on the bus trip me and my friends had our handy dandy boombox in the back of the bus (where the cool kids hang out), and we were singing along to the cassette tape version of baby got back.
we had listened to the song about three times when my mom walked towards the back of the bus and STOLE THE TAPE! she said the song was degrading towards woman and we were too young to listen to it. but what were we to shake our booty to now?????
--so you know how a parent can block out certain tv stations and protect it with a secret code? well my mom did just that with MTV. the channel was block all the way through high school for me. thank god for friends non-strict parents and the fact that i knew the secret code to the cable box so i could watch all the MTV and HBO i wanted. sorry mom.
fast forward to this past christmas. i thought it was a great idea to give my twin 12 year old girl cousins a few of my favorite childhood movies but in the dvd version for them to enjoy. one of the dvds i gave them was grease. i should have known this dvd was taboo when i saw natalie's eyes light up and ask if they could go in the living room and watch the movie now.
the twins mom immediately said no and said that they needed to keep the dvd aside for a couple of years before they could watch it. whaaaaaaaat? HUH?? i then concluded that there is a pregnancy scare, smoking, drinking and sex.
i guess i didn't get inappropriate theme radar detector gene from my mom. i can only imagine the kind of lock down she would have given me if i had access to the internet and a cellphone when i was under the age of 17.
but don't worry stepho, you were/are a good mom - and your kids didn't turn out too bad either if i do say so myself.
so did you have a strict upbringing or could you do whatever the heck you wanted?