|Mom and Jack with another birthday gift we gave my mom.|
She and Jack call their beach house the Love Shack.
And you wonder why I drink.
Canetto and Jack leave for sold-out concert an hour early, supplied with chips and salsa and a six pack of beer, so they can claim a territory on the lawn for us to picnic and watch the show.
Drive to Wolf Trap with Mom and Avery in tow, park car, struggle with 30-pound cooler in which I have packed dinner for five people. Mom offers no help in lugging heavy cooler or wrangling small child, nor does she express any appreciation for my efforts.
Find Canetto and Jack on the lawn, sit down, mom and Jack dive thirstily into first bottle of wine.
Canetto tries to get comfortable on blanket, which he finds difficult due to the two bee stings he got on his butt the evening before.
Note that our lawn seats are fairly close to the stage, though partially obstructed. Fortunately, Canetto has staked claim on another seating option for us in case anyone wants to move (in a smaller group) to an area of the lawn with a better view. We decide to stick together, so Canetto offers secondary seating option with better view of stage to couple in front of us, one half of which is noticeably pregnant. (The girl half.)
Me (in head): He is so sweet. (And possibly trying to avoid another Boobapalooza.)
Notice that Dolly Parton has a lot of gay male fans. Wonder why I have never known this.
Enjoy the energy, talent and self-deprecation that is Dolly Parton.
Take a tired Avery to get a $6.50 ice cream at the concession stand. Calculate how many more years I must work to keep child supplied with Wolf Trap ice cream.
Watch as mom and Jack crack open second bottle of wine. Realize that I will not be having wine as I am now the only one who can safely drive home. Patiently listen as mom turns around at least 63 times to ask me, "Isn't she amazing? She's amazing. Isn't she amazing?"
Agree that she is amazing.
Me (in head): WTF?
Canetto takes tired kid and bee-stung butt home around 9:30. After a short intermission in which I am asked again how amazing Dolly is, mom and husband finish second bottle of wine, which leads to Jack lying on back on the picnic blanket belting out "9 to 5" and "Here you come again" along with Dolly.
During encore, mom and Jack stand up, put arms around each other and sway while singing loudly along to "I will always love you" and staring at each other.
Pack up to leave and Jack carries empty cooler to car. Mom repeatedly asks, "Isn't he wonderful for carrying that? He is wonderful for carrying that. Can I help carry that?"
Me (in head): WTF?
See couple walk by, one half of which is dressed like Dolly Parton (the boy half) -- (well, one of the boy halves).
Me (out loud): That is fantastic.
Get home at about 11:40pm, which is when mom and Jack crack open a third bottle of wine. I head upstairs and read up on Dolly Parton on the Internet and note that she has come out publicly in support of gay rights. Immediately understand why she has so many gay fans and also forgive her all the God stuff she tossed into her concert commentary.
Note that Dolly herself once lost a Dolly Parton lookalike contest.
Me (in e-mail to mother): "Dolly Parton lost a Dolly Parton lookalike contest. Therefore, you are more awesome than Dolly Parton." (My mother once came in third in a Dolly Parton lookalike contest.)
After a fun and exhausting evening taking care of the kids, head to bed.
This morning, while getting coffee before work, notice empty wine bottle on counter.
Me (in head): My mother makes me feel old.