it’s a bird, it’s a plane.

29 Apr

it’s actually neither – it’s my mom.

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so when i was a teenager i gave her a superhero name – maximus – because i thought it would be funny and potentially somewhat enraging to her. at 16 i figured that if she was going to act like she was in power all the time, she may as well have a name that fit.

although my (failed) teenage rebellion logic has mostly since left me – the nickname maximus has stuck to my mom. so much so that a few years ago she changed her license plate to read: “maximus1”. i’m not kidding.

(and as a sidenote, this year for my dad’s 60th birthday he got a matching license plate reading “grantus” – but that tomfoolery is a story for another day…)

all joking aside, i can clearly see now in my inifite adult-dom that maximus has always deserved her superhero name. she’s hardcore in eveything she does, just like a caped-crusader or man-in-black or green hornet thingy would be!

and i love her for this – because while it means shes stubborn and set in her ways –  it also means that she loves me harder than anyone else. uh… sorry darling husband, she birthed me. without drugs.

all of this is to say:

happy birthday maximus.  i’m loving you in india – where it’s now april 29th.


9 Responses to “it’s a bird, it’s a plane.”

  1. Hannah April 29, 2011 at 9:03 am #


    One day we shall meet. I’m unsure when, but that day will be epic.

  2. ica April 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Maximus Happy Birthday!! We sang u a lovely birthday song this am b-rad and I !! Haave a great birthday mother!

    Xoxoxo the second child !

    • Al April 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      two is better than one!

  3. ica April 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Sure is, when you are as great as us!! Hahahah

  4. Barnet April 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday little sister and congrats on having such a lovely if slightly weird family {not G man of course}.
    Don”t know from whence it might eminate.
    Love ya.

  5. Diedra April 30, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Did my friend Juan Carlos find his was back in? If not his ass is so fired. So we have Maximus, Grantus and you two must be Alius & Jessicus.

    Glad to hear you have gas.
    Aunt Diedra xoxoxo

    • Al April 30, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      hahaha since i chased him out with the wooden spoon two nights ago there have been no further sightings…and for that i’m grateful.

      im not sure allius will work for me…we may need to renegotiate this…

      give hugs to the boys please…


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