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An Acceptable Moment To Swear In Front Of Your Mother…Sort Of

My Momma raised me right. We were taught as children that swearing is wrong, especially in front of family. That said, I’m going to explain to you how, on a rare night out with my Mom, I managed to say to someone, “Sit the f*ck down and shut up!”

Due to someone else’s misfortune, I was fortunate enough to score a ticket to the Eagles concert at the Canadian Tire Centre here in Ottawa. My Mom had offered us both tickets but I thought it would be fun to spend some time together, so off we went. I’m going to stop the story early to let you know how incredible the concert was. Joe Walsh was the rock god he always has been and the harmonies that these guys put together are beyond rival. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Now, onto the incident…

We were enjoying the first song of the night, when the two women sitting behind us took their seats. That’s when the high pitched, sounds like a cat dying, screams started. It was annoying, for sure, but it was a concert and their $175.00 tickets entitled them to some screaming, whether my mother agreed or not.

Then things got really fun.

The Mother/Daughter duo decided to stand up to dance, which is also acceptable by concert standards. That is, until the mother’s hand came crashing down on the top of my head. You know that smartie thing on the top of baseball caps? Yeah, that. Still, I kept my cool, counting the strikes in my head, secretly knowing there would be a third.

And then it happened!

After her third, double fisted trip from the beer trolley, Happy-Go Drunkie decided to dance with her beer in hand and spilled it all over me. I’m not talking a little droplet here either. I’m a man, and my experience at the Highland Games, dictates that I can handle a few drops of beer in my face from time to time. This was about a quarter bottle of light beer (not even the good stuff) dumped down my back. Having had enough, I immediately stood up and confronted her, to which she answered slurred, “That’s impossible, my Mom doesn’t even drink!” Stunned by her drunkeness, I told her to take it easy (get it, the Eagles), to which she replied that she paid good money and she would do what she wants.

This brings us full circle to me telling her to “Sit the f*ck down and shut up!”, among a couple other things, which prompted my Mother to reply, “Good for you, Honey”. They didn’t make a peep the rest of the show and I even got a “thanks” from a seatmate. And that, my friends, is one of the few acceptable moments to swear in front of your Mother.

Do you have a funny story of swearing in front of your parents? Share it in the comments below!

12 replies
  1. Nay. says:

    What?! We had a similar sitch at a concert a few years back. I lost my shiz and words came out of my mouth that woulda made a rapper blush – thankfully my mama wasn’t with me that time!! lol

    And good for you for standing up for yourself. People need to know that their stupidity and ignorance doesn’t entitle them to ruin everyone else’s evening.

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  2. Lauren says:

    Canadian Tire… when did that happen? I grew up in Ottawa, but it’s been a while since I visited… Not that I’ll ever stop calling it the Corel Center out of habit, lol.

    And good for you, I wish I had the nerve to stand up to people wrecking other peoples’ experience. They paid for their tickets, but so did everyone else.

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    • Chris Read says:

      I still call it the Palladium, haha. They just changed it on July 1st, and I agree about ruining people’s experiences. That’s why I gave her a profanity laced warning as opposed to just having them kicked out.

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  3. Jonathan says:

    Love the story and your mom’s reaction to it! This post reminds me of the efforts we all used to go to when it came to trying to come up with a suitable film to watch together when my gran was visiting. One of the main reasons was that she really had a thing about bad language. On a particularly memorable occasion, my mum decided that ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ sounded like a safe option. Most of the first minute or two involved Hugh Grant using a four letter word beginning with ‘F’ and I’ll never forget my gran’s face during this part of the film.

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