July 20, 2004

The One In Which I Run Into My Mom At Work

You ever picked up a glass of, say, orange juice, taken a sip and been absolutely repulsed because you'd been expecting something else? Its not that you don't like orange juice, you'd just anticipated something different. If so, you'll understand my confusion earlier this morning. I caught the elevator this morning to mail a package (our mail room is located in another building accessible by an underground tunnel) and ran into my mother. This led to a startling blast of Parent Out Of Context Syndrome (POOCS) and kind of freaked me out.

It turns out that there was a very logical reason for her to be there. She teaches life skills classes to political refugees and one of the training centers just happens to be in my building. I knew that but still? Getting off of an elevator and running into your mother? That's a little odd.

Posted by Chris at July 20, 2004 10:23 AM

I had that happen to me one summer when I was working in DC. I was sitting outside at the top of a flight of stairs having lunch when my dad walked up the stairs on his way to a meeting somewhere. And in my case, I had no idea he was going to be anywhere near my building.

You're right, it is a strange feeling.

Posted by: Kerry at July 20, 2004 10:34 AM

Certain people belong in certain places. I have run into coworkers outside of work and it takes me a minute to place them, but we already now that I am wacky...

Posted by: debby at July 20, 2004 10:37 AM

the other day i bumped into this guy in the grocery store that i see every day on the commuter train. he and i stood there for a moment, looking at each other, trying to figure out where the hell we knew each other from. it was a very weird feeling.

Posted by: P at July 20, 2004 10:41 AM

That happend to me once. I was walking to the metro station and my mom appeared out of nowhere going back to her office which is about 5 blocks from where I worked. It was definitely strange. I like your phrase Parents out of context. LOL

Posted by: Pixie at July 20, 2004 10:52 AM

Debby, if you're weird, take comfort in that at least you're not alone in it. Nearly everytime I run into coworkers outside of work I have that moment too--pause, compute, recognize.

Posted by: Bond Girl at July 20, 2004 10:57 AM

yup. i was in the visitor's center of the pentagon, waiting for our escort, talking to my boss ABOUT my dad ... when we rounded the corner and there was my dad, escorting one of his office-mates. talk about poocs AND coincidence.

Posted by: tj at July 20, 2004 11:07 AM

That's freaky as hell. I don't know if I would have survived seeing my mother. Considering she lives in Wisconsin and I live in South Carolina and all...

Posted by: myllissa at July 20, 2004 11:14 AM

I hope you gave her a kiss like a good son would. ;)

Posted by: Stacey at July 20, 2004 11:15 AM

Definately strange, I live almost 3,000 miles away from mine, so I could not even imagine.

Posted by: Mike at July 20, 2004 11:44 AM

I ran into my gynecologist at the mall the other day.

That is all.

Posted by: Amalah at July 20, 2004 11:45 AM

And here I thought this was going to be a story about brushing one's teeth and then downing a "gigantic" glass of OJ. :)

I'm used to seeing my mom out and about since we live pretty close to one another. But my initial reaction is always..."OMG! That lady looks like my mother!" ;)

Posted by: groovebunny at July 20, 2004 12:29 PM

Did she embarass you by calling you "Chrissy" in front of your co-workers?

Posted by: Lee at July 20, 2004 12:37 PM

I saw my mom at the grocery store. It was kind of weird, eventhough we live in the same town and see each other all the time. We even go shopping at that store together, but it was just strange to see her there. I understand. It's also like seeing a teacher outside of school. When I was a kid I used to think, "My teacher goes to the grocery store?" As if they only existed while I was at school. :o)

Posted by: Missy at July 20, 2004 01:02 PM

Oh, it's worlds colliding. Nobody likes that.

Posted by: Martha at July 20, 2004 01:14 PM

just a tad odd

Posted by: Maureen at July 20, 2004 01:51 PM

One time my Grandma just showed up at my work. She lives seven states away and I had no idea she was in town. She wanted to hang out and watch me work, but the people I was shooting were uncomfortable. I had to ask her to leave. That kinda sucked.

Posted by: GranolaSpice at July 20, 2004 01:57 PM

Amy - that is wrong. Just... wrong.

Granola - I hope you're a photographer and not, say, a hitman. That might be kind of weird.

Also, Chris, just be glad she didn't bring you a bag lunch or spit clean the bit o' breakfast that was still on your cheek.

Or did she....?

Posted by: Dawnie at July 20, 2004 02:14 PM

Hitman. Or, hit-woman to be correct.

Posted by: GranolaSpice at July 20, 2004 02:50 PM

I saw a friend of mine I hadn't seen in about five years in my new home town, when the one he belonged in was a 17 hour drive away. Definitely took me a minute to compute that one.

Posted by: Heather at July 20, 2004 02:51 PM

Well, I've been suffering from POOTMS... Parents Out Of Their Minds Syndrome!! *Shiver*

Posted by: Amber at July 20, 2004 03:11 PM

I guess it would be odd if I ran into your mother in the elevator. Then again, I may have already but didn't know it. She doesn't live in Michigan does she?

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at July 20, 2004 03:23 PM

AH. I can not imagine. I mean - do you say "Hey Mom?" or do you call her by her first name.

Posted by: Zoot at July 20, 2004 03:30 PM

I hear you, Amalah -- I ran into my gynie in the jewelry store his family owned. Not funny, not even one little bit.

Posted by: Michelle at July 20, 2004 03:44 PM

um, yeah, i think running into the gyno would be far worse. i went to a podiatrist once, and then a couple of months later he was at the same bar I was smoking a cigar. yikes!

Posted by: laura at July 20, 2004 03:54 PM

That sounds like a professional hit.

That and the orange juice? I am old enough to know better, but I forgot that you cannot drink orange juice AFTER brushing the teeth. Not nice.

Posted by: Kymmie at July 20, 2004 04:05 PM

Oh my, that's TOO funny!!

And about the orange juice? I just drank 7up the other day thinking it was water. SO weird.

Posted by: Boy now teenager at July 20, 2004 04:18 PM

And that's Sweety, not yesterday's boy (now teenager) confused about the size of his penis.

Must stop drinking wine now LOL :)

Posted by: Sweety at July 20, 2004 04:19 PM

Wierd. Even if there is a good reason.

Posted by: cassie-b at July 20, 2004 04:28 PM

I ran into my mom in a bar one night -- she had just divorced my dad -- I can't bring myself to even describe the scene -- I'm still in therapy...

Posted by: bob at July 20, 2004 06:16 PM

POOCS??? That is classic. :)

Posted by: Zandria at July 20, 2004 08:16 PM