towanda! or Christmas mom’s way

If you saw the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, you probably remember the character of Evelyn Couch played by Kathy Bates.  She is feeling despondent as life has become routine, her marriage is boring, she’s overweight and then she strikes up a friendship with Ninny “Idgie” Threadgoode, played beautifully by the late Jessica Tandy.  She regales Ms. Couch with tales of her past and Idgie, in her youth, was not a conventional young lady of the 1920s. She is independent, self-assured and owns a strong sense of right and wrong. If she decides to do something, she does it, whether it was ‘appropriate’ or not. If you haven’t read the book or viewed the movie, do, as it’s wonderful.

Idgie’s battlecry is “Towanda,” kind of like a guy yelling, “Geronimo.” My favorite part of the movie is when two teenage girls take Couch’s parking space. She snaps and hits their “empty” car over and over, yelling out “Towanda”, then drives her smashed car over to the flummoxed teens to say, “Face it girls, I’m older and have better car insurance.”

At Christmas, I normally go way overboard and am not the best for reigning in my spending for others, especially when it comes to my two children. This year, we have my daughter’s wedding to pay for and I told them it won’t be the huge Christmas they are used to. Of course, Sara scolded me saying, “Don’t give me anything…you’re already buying the wedding.” My inner-Towanda screamed, “I’m older and have money for Christmas presents too!” Ultimately, I’ll do what I want but know it’s best to concentrate on the joy of fellowship and not on the gifts.

What is your battle cry? Have a great hump day. Love, HauteAngel


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