Monday, July 20, 2009
The Precious Gift, Part III of MM&M
Two months before we were scheduled to get hitched, it was time for the extended family to meet.
My parents had already met his parents, but they got a chance to meet his grandmother and aunt (both on his mom’s side) at a wedding shower hosted by my hometown church (the same one we were married in). His grandmother, Mimi, fell in love with my mom because she, like Mimi, is a teacher (Mimi taught many, many years before Alzheimer’s and other health issues caught up with her). Mimi was already showing signs of Alzheimer’s at this time, though we did not realize the condition yet.
Mom and Mimi sat at a nearby table as Superman and I opened wedding presents. As we were doing so, unbeknownst to me, Mimi was discussing…ah, patience, with Mom.
“You know,” Mimi said, “Superman and Lois have something much more precious to give each other than any of those gifts.”
Alarm bells began to go off in Mom’s head, alerting her that she was about to travel down a road that this ultra-conservative parent did not want to go. Mom kind of said, "Um hum," and tried to let it go. No chance.
Mimi leaned over and whispered, "Their virginity."
Mom didn't reply, and Mimi seemed to think Mom hadn't heard, because she repeated louder, "Their virginity!"
Mom nodded to let her know she had indeed heard, but obviously Mom's simple nod wasn't the response Mimi was looking for because THEN she said, "Because you know, Superman is one, too!"
Yes. That really happened.
When I told Superman and Mom was retelling the story, Superman said, "Well, if you had any questions, at least you know now!"
It's like I told Superman’s aunt: It just wouldn't have been the same shower without Mimi.
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