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Memory Monday-Are You My Mother

Memory Monday-Are You My Mother

Memory Monday-It’s a thing…

During our trip to the beach this year, Julie and I found a copy of Are You My Mother? and immediately began harassing Mom to read it to us. Mom dislikes that book and says it is because she used to have to read it to Julie multiple times a day. I don’t remember Mom reading it to me, but I do remember the day Mom changed her name and refused to tell me what her name was until I guessed it.

As a child, I used to follow my mother around saying “Mommy” over and over. At least according to her. I have no memory of this. She said the conversation would go something like this:

  • Me: Mommy.
  • Me: Mommy.
  • Me: Mommy.
  • Me: Mommy.
  • Me: Mommy. (All of these in rapid succession without giving her time to respond.)
  • Mom: What, Marsha?
  • Me: I don’t know.
  • Me: Mommy…

What I do remember is at one point, after nearly driving her insane I guess, the conversation changed. This is how I remember it:

  • Me: Mommy?
  • Mom: You say that so much I’m going to change my name and not tell you what it is.
  • Me: Mommy?
  • Mom: That’s it. I’ve changed my name and until you guess it, I’m not going to tell you what it is.
  • Me: Mae.
  • Mom: That is not my name.

I continued rattling off names and her replying “that is not my name.” I’m not sure how many names I went through before I remembered her reading Rumpelstiltskin to me. I guessed that name and that was exactly what her new name was.

I don’t think I ever followed her around saying “Mommy” after that.


About Marsha Blevins, Author

Marsha Blevins lives in West Virginia with her boyfriend and six fur-children. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration on writing from Marshall University. Two of her short stories and several poems were published in the university’s literary magazine, Et Cetera. She is an active member of the writing group Wicked Wordsmiths of the West and WV Writers. Follow her at on Facebook at, on Twitter @marbleswords.

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