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Rent-a-Mom Party

Updated on June 11, 2011

The SMS Invitation

Hey Mom

Come to Secco Restaurant at 6pm Sunday 10 May.  Don't wear your painting clothes.  Oh, and wear a bra!

I stared at my cellphone with a perplexed expression on my face.  "What the...?" I mumbled out loud.  Sunday 10 May was Mother's Day, so obviously my daughter was inviting me out for Mother's Day.  But, the painting clothes?  What does she mean by that?  I'm not painting at the moment.  Okay, the bra part I got.  I have an aversion to wearing a bra.  The boobsling must be one of the most uncomfortable things ever invented, and in the heat we are having at the moment, it is annoying.  Usually, when I get home first thing off is the bra.  Weekends and public holidays I never wear one if I can help it.  So, I do get the bra part.  It's not like I have mosquito bites that I don't need to wear a bra.  Actually, mine are probably quite a lot more than mosquito bites.  Probably a good handful I'd say.  But, they don't jiggle so madly out of control when I am braless that I might risk knocking a passing cyclist off his bike.  I decided to call my daughter.


The Conversation

"Hello," I said cheerily when my daughter answered the phone.

"Mother," she replied formally as she often does.

"Um, just got your SMS. What do you mean by painting clothes? I'm not painting so am not wearing painting clothes," I say nervously chewing on a nail.

"Your trackpants," she replied impatiently as she often does with me, "I know you're not painting at the moment. Dress up a little as you'll be meeting my boyfriend and some other friends."

Most weekends I veg out in the house in trackpants. Comfort is of prime importance to me. There's no way I'd ever go out to a restaurant in trackpants anyway. Obviously, she didn't want me to embarass her in front of her friends, and the pressure was on me to make a good impression. I had to admit, I was excited to finally be allowed to meet the boyfriend.  Okay, I can sometimes be a little random and some of my comments are occasionally a little inappropriate.  But that is just me.  A little eccentric but totally unique.  I admire than in myself.  My daughter should as well.

"Don't forget to wear a bra!" she added sternly.  "It's very noticeable when you don't wear one."

"But, they don't hang down to my knees?" I asked anxiously.

"I know that mother!  But your one nipple sticks out and I don't want you poking my friends' eyes out."  She laughed.  I was relieved.  Thank God I didn't have Cooper's droop.

The Rent-a-Mom Party

After an early start to get ready for the packers, and a long day where I finally said goodbye to my worldly possessions, I was quite looking forward to a Mother's Day dinner with my daughter and her boyfriend.  Secco Restaurant is a really good German Restaurant in a prime location with their beer garden looking out onto an intact piece of the old city wall.  They're famous for their Sunday night all-you-can-eat BBQ.  Just the perfect way to end a few hectic stressful weeks and enjoy my motherhood and being spoiled by my eldest daughter.

My daughter arrived with quite a few friends, the boyfriend was arriving later.  More and more people joined our table.  My daughter announced that it was a Rent-a-Mom Party for all the expats in Nanjing who were missing their mom on Mother's Day.  I was the Rent-a-Mom!  What a surprise!  Thank God I had dressed up and worn a bra!  I shook so many hands, smiled until my face ached, but enjoyed playing Mom to so many 20-30 year olds.  Delicious BBQ, although the sausages weren't as good as mine, and I lost count of  how many Mojito Cocktails I managed to put away.

And the boyfriend, I don't know why she hid him from me for so long.  What a wonderful guy!  "A keeper," I whispered to her at one point.  And, I managed to restrain myself and not say anything inappropriate.  I hope.

Mojito Cocktail Recipe

This has got to be one of the most cooling and refreshing cocktails to drink on a hot balmy summer's evening.  It was born in Havana, Cuba.

You need: 

  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 lime (for juicing)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1 sprig of mint (for garnishing)
  • crushed ice

Put the mint leaves into a tall glass, then squeeze the lime over it.  Add the powdered sugar and crushed ice and stir it around a bit.  Stir in the rum, top up with club soda and finally, garnish with a sprig of mint.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      It sounds like you had a great time, who would have guessed the delights of being a "rent a mom" :)

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      It was cool, all these young hunky guys fawning over me and my BBQ dinner and mojitos all paid for - bliss!

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      Janetta 7 years ago

      ooohhhh....sounds like a good time to me! BBQ and Mojitos YUM! :D good hub--you had me at boobsling LOL

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      charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

      lol .. i kept laughing in the entire first paras of the hub, lol darn you are funny. good to know you had a ball and the recipe looks exciting too..Man you really must be busy with the challenge and hubmob cheers and you sure are an inspiration to many lazy bones like me hahah

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      Joanna McKenna 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Aren't children wonderful?  What a novel idea for your daughter to share you with her mom-less friends for the evening! ;D

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      men are dorks 7 years ago from Namibia

      I know where your daughter got her witts from, Well done cndy

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Awww that is such a sweet story. You would have made a great mom to everyone there.So when do you actually leave for Africa.? Is your family coming with you Cindy? Also how do you have time to do all these Hubs with you moving. Moving is one of the most stressful things in life.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Janetta, think I can easily become addicted to the mojitos.

      CK, I do like to kep busy and have perfected the art of multi-tasking.

      JG, was quite a clever idea and quite a big surprise for me! All her friends paid towards my meal and drinks so she saved a bit as well lol.

      M.A.D My daughter's birthday is the day before mine, so we are quite similar.

      BP, I leave on the 24th June, and my youngest daughter is coming with me, my son will be starting hotel school in Cape Town and my eldest daughter will stay in China.

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      Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

      What a delightful surprise, rent a Mom party.

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Have you seen or heard from R BLue he has disappeared as well as pest

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Nah, haven't heard from Pest or Blue, BP. Maybe they both found themselves womans and are too busy having fun to go on hubpages lol. Am worried about Pest though, he does sometimes get a little down.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Raven King, twas a big surprise but great fun! I just love my daughter's boyfriend! No wonder she hid him from me for so long!

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      Silver Freak 7 years ago from The state of confusion

      What a great idea and a great hub!

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      Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

      Cindy, this is a wonderful idea and what a great surprise for you! Next year I'm going to rent myself out! Thanks for sharing a great experience. :)

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      SF and Pam, I was impressed with my daughter's ingenuity I must say!

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      ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

      "Thank God I didn't have Cooper's droop" well i have to say that you must have found that to be a bit of a relief...lol...a great laugh...hope your move goes well with no nasty surprises ...cheers

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      Nanny J.O.A.T. 7 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Boobsling- I hadn't heard that one yet! Come to think of it - I haven't heard of Cooper's droop either. I have got to have more adult conversations LOL!

      Love this hub! Your daughter sounds like a wonderfully thoughtful gal!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Ajcor, can say that it was an enormous relief to know that my boobs are not hanging down to my knees!

      Nanny, my daughter is great!

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      KT pdx 7 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

      Wow, that's an awesome idea! Kudos to your daughter for that party!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks KT, I did feel very honoured, I must admit!

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Bet you had great fun , and that cocktail looks, veeerry alchoholic, hic

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      The cocktail was amazing, and had way too many Hawkesdream lol

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      eryn 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Great writing! And it sounded like a good time was had by all!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks Eryn, it did make me feel like a queen.

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      mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww, c'mon we all know you would say something to embarass your daughter. As if you haven't discuss anything bad here before. ;) And glad you wore a bra for the party. LOL

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah may, she didn't want me to knock out her boyfriend!

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      lyla 7 years ago from India

      Cindy..what a wonderful idea..rent a mom! The party sounds so much fun and the cocktail? Sluuuurp!lol.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      It is a good idea if you're expats or if you're living in a different city to your mom!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      lol UW, hope you listened to the doctor!

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      Laughing Mom 7 years ago

      What a great party!! I got that cartoon in an email just the other day. I wonder if my friend was trying to tell me something.

      Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day!!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      It was good LM, even though it started off with the movers arriving!

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      Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

      What a cool idea for a party. Bet You have lots of memories stored from this Mother's Day. Thumbs up to you for being such a great rent-a-mom.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks Dottie, it will be a Mother's Day I'll never forget!

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      SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

      GREAT hub - great story Cindy! Clearly, your daughter appreciates your uniqueness and dare I say, eccentricity too? They are great traits we all love about you!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks Sem Pro, er so you think I'm eccentric?

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      SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

      Hmmm - suppose that's why I phrased it "dare I say"? You wrote, "... A little eccentric but totally unique." Our interpretations can differ on that one. So to clarify: eccentric to me is varying from the norm in an enormously positive way. The opposite/normal being some sort of people pleasing tea todler. So, yes, I thoroughly enjoy your uniqueness and with most comments or stories, you are you. You're not afraid to speak your mind openly and 'whup, there it is!' - "But, they don't hang down to my knees?" I asked anxiously - LOL - yep, eccentric and delightful!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Ah thank you, for me eccentric means an old biddy in comfortable shoes, a tweed skirt, glasses perched on her sharp nose, straws in her hair to keep her bun in place, sixty stray cats around her house.....

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      haha, I liked your vision of "eccentric". I knew one woman exactly, exactly matching this description. She was my neighbor in Israel (I hope she is still alive) and surprisingly, she was "rent-a-grandma" to all her grandson's wild friends. Loved the term too.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      LOL RV

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      SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

      Then so glad to have clarified. I've yet to meet someone considered eccentric who wasn't rich enough to be able to be completely unconcerned with what anyone thought. The few I know personally are busy running around the world at their whim, proudly wearing their "purple hat" enjoying life to the max. And they're a joy to be with - never a dull moment... Perhaps I ought to adopt your version so I can look forward to eccentricity in years to come, a housefull of cats and not worry about making enough money to travel anywhere, anytime - of course, I do prefer purple over tweed...hmm

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      hahaha you can be the purple princess!

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Hi Cindy woo hoo

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      You are nuts lol

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