my mom gets it sort of right

This is the perfect example of the saying “It’s the thought that counts.”

My mother has always been very supportive of all of the dreams, passions and ideas I’ve had growing up. I couldn’t be more grateful to have a mother that cares about my happiness and would do anything to help me reach my goals, even if they’re not what she imagined they’d be.

When I became a NASCAR fan, and then NASCAR blogger, I don’t remember her ever saying “What are you doing?” while looking at me like I’m an alien. Quite the contrary actually, she’s even taken to watching races on her own and trying to understand what the sport is all about. It’s great.

So here’s the thing. For my birthday and holidays she usually gets me at least one thing that has to do with NASCAR and, more specifically, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The year before last she got me one of those Fathead thingies you stick on your wall, it was of Dale’s old number 8. That was cool.

This year, however, my mom’s heart was in the right place but I’m not sure where her logic was. She gave me a Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Car Shade.

Yes, I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s a car shade, for your car!” Yes it is, but it’s meant for babies. It’s a BABY Car Shade. The little graphic that’s on the pull down shade is of a cute little cartoon car.

I don’t have a baby. I have no children. I’m single, with no prospects. I’m as single as a human could be and my mother has given me a baby car shade. She says that she didn’t notice the fact that written on the back of the packaging it reads “Car Shade helps keep baby safe from the sun and harmful UV rays while riding in the car.” Ah, Right.

I love my mom though and I appreciate the effort and thought. I love my baby-less baby car shade.


The car shade in question.
(photo credit: The Fast and the Fabulous)


  1. March 16, 2009 at 7:15 AM ·

    Beware the subtle messages of grandkid-starved moms. Quite a nudge, I’d say.

  2. Julie
    March 16, 2009 at 8:18 PM ·

    I feel for your mom. I would be sad if my daughter made fun of a gift I gave her on such public forum. Please send my hugs to her and please try to understand how that might make her feel a bit sad too.

    Good Job Mom. I wish my mom was half the mom.

  3. March 17, 2009 at 9:16 AM ·

    I have a Tony (20) one and I don’t have kids…I do have an adorable nephew…but the windows in the back of my HHR are plenty dark where I don’t need it so it sits sadly behind my door begging to be used. LOL.

  4. March 17, 2009 at 10:25 AM ·

    First to Julie…thanks for sticking up for me, however Valli was not making fun of me in a mean way, quite the contrary…she loves me and knows that I feel the same about her. My relationship with my daughters is quite special. I have worked very hard over the years to make them quite comfortable with being critical thinkers. Even when it concerns my gift giving. She also thinks I give my grandsons too many Christmas presents!

    I though it was a great gift! Perhaps I am unknowingly craving for that 5th grandchild … doubtful… I am busy trying to introduce Valli to the perfect guy.

    I still think it is a terrific gift!

    The Mother