Mother's Day is tomorrow. I'll catch up with mom and see how she's doing. I'll tell her she's "The Greatest Mom Ever" and how much I love her.
I wish I knew more about my mom. What I mean is I know a lot about my mother, but the time before her high school years is a mystery to me.
I do know my mom could roller-skate and this is how I found out.
Once upon a time, long ago and far away, I was running around the house and getting into mischief. I was about 8 years old and didn't have to go to school, so it was probably a Saturday morning.
I heard a noise in the bathroom. Someone was brushing their teeth. I decided to sneak up and scare whoever was in there.
So down the hall I crept, being careful to not make a sound. I rounded the corner and there was my mom brushing her teeth.
I smiled thinking about giving her a poke on the back and yelling "BOO!"
So I did just that.
But instead of freaking out or anything, my mom turned around and went, "GRRRRRR."
She was missing her two front teeth.
"AIEEEEEE!" I screamed like a little girl, turned around and ran down the hall.
I heard chuckling from the bathroom.
I snuck back.
"Mom?" I asked. "Is that you?"
"Of course it is," she said.
"What happened to your teeth?" I had been on Planet Earth eight years and had no idea my mom was missing her two front teeth.
"When I was in high school I went to the roller rink for a skating party," she said. "I fell down and before I could get up a boy came around, he couldn't stop, his skate hit me in the mouth and knocked out my teeth."
I told her that remembrance over the phone recently.
She laughed and laughed.
Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life. Contact him at: