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Are They Hippie-Like Types?

I was explaining to my mom how Chicken’s parents came to live in the most drive-through, blink you’ll miss it, upstate village (you could be excluded from the Vietnam draft if you got married and agreed to be a teacher upstate) and that’s how a lot of these ‘cool’ upstate towns got populated.

She looked at me, narrowed her eyes and said, “So….are they…hippie-like types?”
I burst out laughing because really, in 2009 what do you say about this type of question?
“Mom, I don’t even know what you mean by that. Can you define what that means to you?”
“Well, you know….did they practice free love?” (So, that’s what I am, I’m a hippie-like type!)
“Mom, I’ve never asked Chicken’s parents if they practiced free love, if you’d like to ask them go ahead. I know everyone smoked a lot of pot, but people are still smoking a lot of pot.”
“Oh.”

So, we’re off to see the hippies!!
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5 Comments

  • Reply cindyhoo2 November 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    That is sooo funny! Your poor mother just can’t figure out what to do with you, can she? You eat weird food, share a life with a woman and have hippie in-laws. You are upsetting her whole picture of how life is ordered. Perhaps your mother and my mother should begin emailing. My mother also thinks that I am just a bit too odd for her comfort. :-)

    Does your mom know you are carrying Chicken’s eggs?

  • Reply poppycat.wordpress.com November 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    This sounds exactly like Cat’s 74 yr old eastern european mega catholic mom talking about my parents. I had to laugh.

  • Reply Two Moms, Two Monkeys November 8, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Too funny! I have to give the woman credit, she is still there and being nice, even if you are an alien being!

  • Reply Hanen November 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Love it! Maybe she thought it was too confronting to say “are they hippies?”

    (or maybe only hippies refer to people directly as “hippies” rather than as “hippy-like types”!)

  • Reply journeytowardsourbaby November 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Ha love it! I’m glad the trip’s going well (at least I’m assuming it still is!), and very glad that you’re house issues seem to be sorting themselves out too – great news all round :)

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