Half and Half

posted by Momo Fali on August 11, 2011

I have been really busy lately. Like, so busy that I don’t call my friends, or my dad, or even the dentist when I have a toothache so wicked that I want to knock out my molar with a sledgehammer.

That busy.

My mom has been a huge help to me. For the last few weeks, she has taken one, or both, of my kids to her house almost every day. She usually picks up my son in the morning while my tween daughter hides in her room, then she drops him back off in the early evening. Even though the BlogHer Conference is over, I am still catching up, so he went over there again yesterday.

When she dropped him off after dinner, she told me that they had just had an interesting conversation. Although my mom knows my son is famous for making inappropriate comments, she asked him, “Do you think I’m pretty?”

My filterless boy replied, “Half and half. You’re half not-pretty because you’re old.”

“What about the other half?”, my mom questioned.

And, he proved his ability to manipulate when he said, “The other half is pretty because I love you.”

I have never seen anyone give a simultaneous insult and compliment quite so well.

For the record, today is my mom’s 77th birthday, so feel free to tell her how awesome she is for putting up with me for all of these years. You can do that now, BECAUSE SHE JUST GOT INTERNET…which is really like MY birthday present, because I don’t have to print my blog posts anymore.

Please, don’t tell her she is half-awesome. You can leave that to my kid.



  • moosh in indy.

    Happy 100% birthday gramma fali.

    Thanks for making your daughter.

    If only for my own selfish reasons.

  • BEAN

    Let me be the first (unless someone beats me to it while I’m typing) to wish Momofmo a wonderfully happy birthday, and that I’m so glad she was born so she could have you nearly 37 years later! Hugs!

  • BEAN

    Yeah, I knew one of yer blogging posse would beat me to it!

    • Momo Fali

      Moosh in Indy is so much in my posse that she won me a damn bed. But, Bean, I think you’re more my posse because you gave me a red bandana. I don’t know if that makes us east coast or west coast, but still…posse.

  • anymommy

    Happy birthday to your mom. Half pretty because I love you. Classic.

  • Julie

    Your son is awesome! haha.

    Happy Birthday, mom of Momo! πŸ™‚

  • Melisa

    Happy birthday to Momofmomo!!!!

    I think you’re 100% pretty.

  • AmazingGreis

    Happy Birthday to your mom. Please don’t take her on any boats or planes today…OKAY? πŸ™‚

  • Amie

    I thought I was going to be all clever with wordplay, wishing happy birthday to Momo’s mama…but looks like Melisa and Moosh in Indy were quicker on the draw AND more clever.

  • UP

    My mom calls it “the computer”…it’s all magic to her, and she never touches it!

    We print and send…probably always will.

    Happy B-day to your Mom, you’re both lucky ladies!


  • Patty

    Happy Birthday Mom of Momo! πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa

    About peed my pants. That is genius!! Your son has a way with words. Happy birthday, Momo’s Mommy!!!!

  • Zak

    Happy Birthday Mom Momo!

    I want to take your son with me everywhere.


  • Moon HalloranLeady

    Tell GrammaFali she is ALL awesome….because it’s my birthday too today, and anyone born on August 11th HAS to be more faboo than words can describe πŸ˜‰ And congrats to her on joining the 21st century ~ love love love it ~ Happy Birthday!!!

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    If you’re mom is 1/2 as Awesome as you are, she’s twice as Awesome as anyone else I know.

    Happy Birthday, Diane’s Mom!

  • Mishi

    Happy Birthday Mama Fali! We love you because we love your daughter. XOXO

  • dysfunctional mom

    Grandma Foli is 100% awesome! Anyone who is 77 and has the internet is great in my book. Happy Birthday!

  • Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

    Ah, that kid! Happy birthday to your Mom!

  • Michelle

    Oh how sweet. But ummm we so get those comments here, too. I love it. My heart melts! And a very happy birthday to your mom!

  • Jenn

    Happy birthday, Momofmomo! You’re 100% amazing to have such a terrific daughter! Welcome to the Interwebs!

  • Heather

    Happy birthday to your mom!

  • tracey - justanothermommy

    Happy Birthday Momo Mama!

    I think I love your kid, Diane.

  • Lana

    Happy Belated Birthday to your Mama! How lucky you are to not only have her close by but willing to help out! Awesome.

    Bet she loved that “compliment” no matter what – or at least half of it! πŸ™‚

    Welcome to the world wide web, Mama of Momo!

  • domestic extraordinaire

    Better late than never, right?

    Happy Belated birthday Grandma Fali!!

  • meleah rebeccah

    Happy 77th birthday, to your mom!!

  • Anita

    That’s so funny, things kids can say! I have 2 boys, grown now, but they sure embarrased me to tears on many, many occasionas with their “filterless” questions and comments to complete strangers! I swear they didn’t get that from me!

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