Strong and Able

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Mom's Big FootMama, Mama, strong and able,

Get Your big foot off the table.

It’s not so much mom’s foot on the table that made me laugh out loud,  it was the strong and able part.

I mean, how many of you expect to see a 93 year old hoist a leg up on the table, smiling and saying, “I’ve got something on the bottom of my shoe, and I need somebody to get it off.”?

Well, that was what happened at breakfast this morning.

Somehow, someway, a clump of mom’s ham and eggs made its way from her plate to the table to the floor and onto her shoe. And, before you could ask, What the heck are you doing, mom?”,  her leg, foot and shoe were planted firmly on the table. If that wasn’t enough to crack you up, she was smiling from ear to ear.

With napkin in hand, I grabbed the culprit from her shoe and threw it in the trash.

Mom proclaimed me her hero. “How did you do that so good?” she asked.

I was thinking about asking her the same question.

“You are the best boy in the United States of America,” she said.

You are a Senior Olympics hopeful, I thought. You have a leg up on the competition. Just put your best foot forward. Get your foot in the door. Practice, practice, practice.

Pardon all the puns, but what a great way to kick start the day!

I hear your moans.

I see you smiling.

Warning: If you are over 90, don’t try this at home alone.

About Tom Laughon

Tom Laughon (Pronounced Lawn) is President of Catch Your Limit, an organization whose sole purpose is to guide and grow leaders. His journey from lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, to a successful career in marketing & advertising to consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor and writer is a fascinating one. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tom and his team guide organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to national associations, to "catch their limit" in areas such as leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and transformational change. His commitment to "practice what he preaches" has made Catch Your Limit a petri dish for round-the-clock discovery and learning. The firm's brand reflects Tom's personal brand: Fun, Inspirational, Strategic & Hot!

4 responses »

  1. I love this. Our family celebrated our granddads 90th birthday this past weekend.


  2. Just wish I could get my foot up on the table!!


  3. Sheryl VanVleck

    As always, you and your mom leave me laughing. Thanks. What a wonderful family.


  4. Your mother is quite a character! Enjoy it.



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