House Rule: Do What Mom Says

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - February 08, 2006
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There are good things and bad things about having your mother live with you. Of course the good outweighs the bad. The good thing is my mom really takes care of us; the bad thing is that she’s my mom. What I mean by that is, I’m her child, and so I’m still treated like one.

She’s really the only one who can speak to me like that, and my sister and brother can vouch that it’s sometimes hard to take. The reason being that I’m a 47-year-old man and the publisher of this great newspaper, and yet my mom still tells me what to do.

For instance, we have one of those five-gallon bottled water dispensers. I originally got it for my mom, who likes the piping hot water feature for her instant coffee. She uses that water for everything, and the rest of our family has joined her in the dependence on it.

It’s a top-loading dispenser, which means you have to haul a full five-gallon bottle, flip it spout side down and pierce the cap on a plastic siphon gizmo.

Five gallons of water is pretty heavy, and since we store the bottles in our garage, changing them out is a huge chore.

Although both my wife and mother have changed it in the past, it’s dangerous, and I don’t want them to get hurt in the process. Our 16-year-old son is supposed to be charged with that duty, but parents, you know how that goes.

We always seem to run out of water at the most inconvenient times - like when I’m watching TV, sleeping or doing both of those at the same time. My mom will call me, “Ron, the water needs to be changed out!”

Suddenly, I’m transformed into a 15-year-old who has just been told by his mom for the 20th time to take out the garbage. I also answer like one, “Jeez, why do I always have to be the one to change it?”

I looked at my wife for support, and she commented, “You better do what your mom says, young man, or you’ll be grounded.”


Larry Kamakawiwo’ole sent in the staff favorite of the Public Access Room (PAR). It is the Hawaii state Legislature website, and PAR encourages Hawaii citizens to participate in the legislative processes.

You can also reach PAR at 587-0478. Elect your favorite websites and send them to me at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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