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Mom On the Auction Block

Updated on November 22, 2011
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

I want ALL the candy!
I want ALL the candy!

A mother’s love

Nurtured a lifetime

She’s old now

Old and in the way



Too needy for your taste

You’re already a parent

Now parenting her

This white haired problem child


So many dreams

Now the man of your dreams

Beckons bliss

Panoramas unfold



Love waits in the wings

But she’s here in your hair

Run her life…?

…Or run away?



Care-taking at your age

Not in your game plan


Doesn’t she know who you are?

Ozzy knows an evil woman when he sees one

You don’t do, you delegate

High-powered executive

Not nursemaid

So who’s the minion now?


Boss of nothing

You cling to illusion

Your way or….

And when she refuses?


You dig in your heels

Dig into her pocket

Why not? You’re entitled

She owes you this much, at least

Don't mess with Momma!
Don't mess with Momma!

As control eludes

You grasp more tightly

Clutching the purse strings

Eminent domain, family style



Your own ego

Becomes your undoing

You devalue and dismiss

But she’s one tough mother,

f_ _ _ er!!!



The best defense

A massive offensive

You never saw it coming,

But you had it coming to you

Enjoy that payola. You can't take it with you!
Enjoy that payola. You can't take it with you!

You lost your throne

Lost her Trust

Slunk away from your duties

To cash your hush check



Now you know

How Judas felt

30 silver pieces richer

You kissed her off for less



©2009 Mighty Mom. All rights reserved.


Money IS the Root of Family Evilness


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    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello dear Habee. Thanks for reading.With each verse I write about this I feel the sting of betrayal slowly lessening. She's the one who's gotta live with what she's done! MM

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Powerful verse, MM. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Aw, don't I know it, Cosette. I wish I had several years of my own Mom's life back to be nicer to her!

      At least I am here for my mother-in-law, as she pines for her daughter and hopes she will realize the error of her ways. It will be a cold day in hell....

      Thanks for reading. MM

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      8 years ago

      our children don't realize just how many unseen, unappreciated, yet incredibly important things mommies do until they get a little older. this hub really plucked some heart strings.

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Vizey. Glad you like my poem. You're right. Mother is mother. And mother deserves respect till the end.

      How long did it take me?Well here's the thing. When I'm writing through pain and anger the words just seem to flow. The poem probably too a couple of hours altogether -- initial draft and then tweaking it.

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      8 years ago

      Great poem, How long did you take to write this poem. Mother is mother, be it your or mine. thanks for sharing your views with me.

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you, OT. I'm glad too! MM

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      Organic Thoughts 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow.... I am just catching up on the story!

      I do feel sad for the mom... but hey... people need to learn being responsible.... and some people need to be forced to learn being responsible!!

      Glad that offending sister has been put on the path of learning. Best wishes for you 'Mighty Mom'

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Tease you? Moi? Would I do that? Teasing is NOT the Mighty Mom way. Mighty Mom is serious at all times:-). Seriously, it's nice getting to know you, wsp!

      Jess -- Thank you. "So glad the offending sister is out of the picture." HOW SAD IS THAT? Poor Mom lost her daughter in the deal. I'm praying for her (the daughter) to get some kind of breakthrough and realize the error of her ways! Thanks for the support. And I am sure your mom will be delighted to hear from you. MM

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      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      This is indeed cause for celebration. I have been following the story for months. So glad the offending sister is out of the picture. Think I'll give my mom a call.

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      8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      I'm quite proud of my folks. They are in their 70s and really need little if anything from me. . . except contact of some sort.

      You know . . . you really shouldn't tease me about wearing the Supergirl costume. It just isn't fair!

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Maggs -- You are always so very kind. I am glad this is behind us, too. So ugly and unnecessary. God bless you back!

      wsp -- That is a problem. Whose parents take precedence over whose? I can see where your SO's mom was solo it would be perceived that she would require her daughter's TLC more than your parents would require yours...

      As to the Supergirl costume -- I rarely leave home without it!

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      8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I am so glad that this has been resolved, this once again is a very powerfully written hub, I am just so sorry that you and your hubby have had to go through all this unpleasantness. I hope things can start getting back to normal now and that your time can be spent on more pleasant things. God bless Maggs

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      8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      I try to call them on every major holiday. I also encourage their grandkids to call and write them. I honestly would still be living with them or at least close to them if I wasn't stupid enough to fall in love witha native Californian who talked me into moving out there(here) with her since HER mom was living solo.

      Yes. I was only kidding. It's hard to give a lot of crap to a woman I NOW picture dressing up as Supergirl . . . mmmmmmm . . . uh. . .okay, gonna go now. . . must be the comic book geek deep inside me. . .

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      wsp2469, years ago I kept 3,000 miles between me and my parents and was real proud of that. circumstances moved me to ca for a reason. in their final years i got to be part of their lives and redeem myself (more or less) for bad behavior. i wish i had gotten the knowledge i now have to have made more of a difference for my mom. but know in my heart i was a good daughter to my dad and a good daughter-in-law to my father-in-law.

      we're down to only one, now. my mother-in-law is a DAILY part of our lives. we just vanquished the enemy and sent her ungrateful daughter packing.

      i know you are being facetious and that's cool. i'm in kinda a serious mood here about elderly parents. so i encourage you to please, please get in contact with your parents. it's never too late to do the right thing.

      peace out, mm

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      8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      Shame on you even THINKING about not taking care of your mom! (Just because MY folks are thousands of miles away and I have not spoken to them for MONTHS means nothing.)

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Lady_E. LOL. Pyrrhic victory. But a victory nonetheless.

      I'm chuckling at your comment. Maybe I will work on becoming the family dysfunction poetess. As Edgar Allen Poe wrote about the macabre, MM will write about the dark side of family relations. Whaddya think:-)?

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      You've got the upper hand. Love it. Your really talented with writing like this. :)

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Alekhouse, Yes, it was deff a major blood-letting.

      Do I feel mean for writing it? Not on your life! I may write the whole, amazingly sordid "story." Just don't want to open myself up to a slander suit:-). Thanks for checking in and for the support. MM

      P.S. Where it says, "Don't mess with Momma" that's both my mother-in-law and THIS Momma, the MIGHTY one! MM

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Whew! That was some catharsis. And very well done. I'm so glad, for your sake, that it's over.

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Dear, dear Hub Friends, I can't begin to tell you how much your support here means. I feel like you've been here with me just waiting to see how this would turn out. And are celebrating with me. Yes, writing these caustic words was hugely cathartic for me. Hubby and I are still in shock and still sometimes have to replay details over and over (PTSD deff applies). But as the days go on, we are moving away from being under constant fire and moving toward life normalizing.

      Dohn -- I have to smile. You haven't lived until you've wiped your parent's butts. By the time that occurred with my Mom, Dad and father-in-law the roles had been so reversed that it felt natural instead of like an invasion of their privacy. Personally, I hope I go before getting to that stage:-).

      Now, back to our regularly scheduled hubbing!

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      8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      love the say that you see inside the issue!

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      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ungrateful sons of...Mothers! Awesome, MM. I loved it. In Asian culture, we'd never even consider putting our moms in a retirement home...I just hope I don't have to like change her diaper (WTF)

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      8 years ago

      Honestly, beautiful and moving-thanks for this Hub, thanks

      Your fan


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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      MightyMom, I never stop to be amazed to what length people will go to to get money. But pounding on the aged who are getting fragile in mind and soul is the lowest of low.

      Your words are powerful and I hope that by writing like this, from your heart, you were able to rid yourself of some of the poisons that helpless anger can build up in you.

      strength to you and your loved ones


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      8 years ago

      Very nice one, a bit harsh tonality but fun :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      MM, I've been waiting for this hub! WOW! Is all I can say, no, I can say more. I sure felt that, what a blow to her. Keep 'em coming. Don't stay away so long next time.

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      Tammy Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      MM--thank you for the compliment, lol--That's a pic of my great-grandmother that I recently found. I just couldn't resist using it as my avatar for a little while!:)

      Hopefully now, you and your husband can move on and put all of this behind you--I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that...:(

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi TamCor -- You are looking particularly vintage lovely these days! We, too, are glad to have a resolution. We scored the major victory by removing her from the trust. She did manage to steal quite a bit of money but it's all "water under the bridge." Apparently this kind of thing is quite common. But when it happens in YOUR OWN FAMILY (as you point out) it's a shock.

      FP -- This should be the end of my trilogy. The new trust is irrevocable. If she tries to go near it in any way -- instant disinheritance.

      Guess I'll have to find a new subject to kvetch about!

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      MM...the saga continues?

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      Tammy Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      MM--Wow, what a powerful poem...I've followed your stories about what was going on, and I'm so glad you have finally come to some kind of resolution.

      It's so sad, though, that it came to something like that, between family members, isn't it?

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Lorlie6, Thank you. Gotta diffuse my energy somehow -- writing poems really works.

      Advisor4qb -- Oh yeah. Annhilated. But it was a mediation, so she didn't go away empty-handed. She got paid (a small amount) to just go away.

      TM -- Thanks. It's not the complete vindication we would want, but the bleeding has now stopped. Yippee!

      Wesleycox. Thank you, but it is not intended to be "nice" -- it's actually pretty scathing. But I'm glad you liked it! MM

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      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This is a nice poem, I agree completely with everyone else's comments.

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      Triplet Mom 

      8 years ago from West Coast

      Don't mess with mom. Wonderful as always!

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      8 years ago from On New Footing

      Wow. I am guessing she got hers???

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Powerful, MM, so very powerful...Thank you.


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