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Mom teaches a good lesson years later, with Pat Kennedys help

Mom, me and DavidI read a post this morning written by Pat Kennedy about booing in pubic venues called "Boo! Hiss! Is Booing Ever OK?". Pat's post reminded me of an incident from my childhood.

My parents were big football and hockey fans, and I mean big. They had parties for sporting events that were on TV and I stayed clear of all the sports nuts. They would scream, yell, jump up and down, it was an amazing sight to behold. And, of course, they would boo, call sports figures names, they were very into whatever sports game they were watching at the time. And way back when, hockey was far more violent than it is today. We lived just outside of Boston, the Bruins were great fighters. When they fought on screen, the adults would really get into it. I hate to admit it, but my mother was the worst.

My father took my mother to a Boston Bruins game one fine evening. As usual, a fight ensued on the ice. Now let me clarify this, my mother was small, if she was 5'1", that was with heels, which at that time she wore all the time. Mom was a fashionista, and this particular evening she was carrying her wooden handbag, a large rectangular purse that was real wood. It was beautiful! As the fight broke out, the action on the ice was too much for mom to bear, she sprang from her seat and started beating the man over the head that was sitting in front of her with her wooden purse!!!
My father tried to calm her down, the man whom she was pummeling was crouching lower and lower as the blows became more intense. Finally dad got the purse out of her hands and stopped the beatings. Mom came to her senses and sat back down to watch the rest of the game. Dad kept moms purse under his seat. Mom was mortified for many years to come if the event was ever mentioned, which of course it was, many many times. Mom always said she didn't know what came over her, it was a horrible and intoxicating feeling at the same time.

As much as I don't like the thought of someone booing the home team or booing at the Met, mom proves that even people with good sense can easily get carried away. It happens. Sometimes it is funny, sometimes it's not. And it happens in daily life too, we can easily get carried away to behave badly, swept up in the moment. But real life and sporting events are two different things.

I am really glad Pat posted about booing, for many reasons. But mostly because I had a wonderful memory about mom come to the surface. She died in 2001, far earlier than she should have. September 26th will be her birthday, and this little memory is a great one for me to have at this time. And it is a good life lesson too!

(Thanks Pat! Mom would have really liked you, she was Irish through and through, and an ardent Kennedy fan!)

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 19 commentsAndrea Swiedler • September 23 2009 07:04AM



And interesting and funny tale about your mother ... I know that you must miss her very much. My mom was feisty too ... I think that I will will write more about her in the future!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 10 years ago

Richard, nothing better than a feisty mom. At the time I was mortified, but she was something else. Thanks! And I am looking forward to reading about your mom too. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Andrea, I love this post!  And something tells me that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

Acting "badly" at hockey games seems to be a long-honored tradition - one of my cousins played for the Maple Leafs until he got wacked in a fight.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Pat, uh, what on earth would make you think that??? Thank you that is a compliemnt for sure! 

My mother was friends with Bobby Orr's family, somehow, LOL. It was a time of war on the ice, that's for sure! 

Thank you, and thank you for stirring the ole memory pot here!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Andrea a very funny story. I couldn't even picture my mother at a hockey game, she felt her job was in the kitchen, it's an ethnic thing. She will be 87 on the 24th, and is still rather feisty, just doesn't like spending too much time in the kitchen anymore.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 10 years ago

Ed, until recently I didn't realize that my mom was a woman out of time. She was not like everyone elses mom. I probably didn't appreciate until recently how much she helped to make me who I am. She was a woman who didn't understand or tolerate any prejudice of any kind, she was not at home in the kitchen, she liked to have fun in her life, she was passionate about many things. I wish she was here so I could tell her the things I understand.

I am glad you mom is still feisty at 87, LOL, good for her!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

I am or was an avid hockey fan. Remember the Whalers? Hated those Bruins. I might have been that guy your mother was beating with her handbag in another time. LOL

I bet as Pat said the fruit didn't fall far from the tree.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Andrea - Great story about your Mom. Never underestimate what a die hard sports fan is capable of in the heat of a game! LOL

My sister was in LOVE with Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson. I wonder if she still has those huge posters?! She will kill me if she reads this. :-)

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) almost 10 years ago

Andrea, such a nice little tribute to your mom and the lesson you learned from her. I know your thought of her will be even stronger than they already are come September 26th.


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

Andrea..Nice story about your mom..My mom ran the vacuum every time there was a football game on..She thought everyone should be talking and not staring at the darn TV..needless to say it did start some heated battles...Thanks for the memories


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jim, LOL, the Bruins RULE! Sorry. I can beat you over the head any day!

Judy, thanks. Oh Oh, Derek Sanderson, LOL. Hope she doesn't find out you let the cat out of the bag!

Craig, I am sure, and thank you so much!

Hannah, now that is funny, LOL. Not my mom, she was right there screaming, cheering and booing!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Andrea what a funny and heart warming story about your mother!  She must have been a hoot!  Now I know where her daughter gets her chutzpah from!  Thanks for sharing that story.


Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 10 years ago

OMIGOSH -- can you imagine your Mom in this day and time.  She'd be having security TAZE her 5'1 with heels frame!!  She was born in the right time, I'd say!  GREAT story!!  Thanks for the good read!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 10 years ago

Debra, mom was a hoot to be sure, LOL. And thank you for reading my story about my mom.

Carla, funny you should say that. Every single time my mother flew she got pulled over by airport security. I have no idea why, LOL. It was pretty amazing actually. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Andrea, I would have liked you Mon.  That guy in front of her would have been in big trouble if I was next to her.  I have been know to get a little carried away myself.

The Bruins use to have a few guys that could really mix it up, especially Terry O'Reily.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 10 years ago

Andrea--What a wonderful story! Sounds like your mom had a lot of spirit. I LOVE hockey and can see how it can cause such emotion to come to the surface! Thanks for sharing your memories of your mom!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 10 years ago

George, Mom was a hoot, especially where sports were concerned. Dad never took her to another game again by the way, LOL. Johnny MacKenzie wasn't bad at that either, LOL.

Teri, thank you! Mom did have a lot of spirit, and everyone loved her. We had our moments, and how I wish I had been wiser in my younger years, LOL. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Hi Andrea ~ I laughed and laughed as I read this - your mother sounds like a dynamo.  Nothing wrong with passion!  I'll be thinking about you both on Saturday.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 10 years ago

Andrea - What a great memory! I can just imagine the fun your father had at her expense recounting the tale over the years.  If he was anything like my dad, it would have been embellished a little more each time.   

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) almost 10 years ago