When kids reach a certain age, parents usually find themselves embarrassing them for no reason at all. Anything can inexplicably turn into a source of shame.
A greeting, a hug, a wave — any and all of these displays from a parent can induce cringing in a child, particularly as adolescence approaches. It was something my own father banked on.
See, he didn’t much mind when his antics made me want to hide. He thrived on it.
It seems as though another mother from College Park, Maryland, has the same view. On Dec. 11, Mandy Remmell took her young son Blake to a University of Maryland basketball game.
“He said, ‘I think I’m going to (sic) here to college,’” Remmell told WJLA. “And I said, ‘That’s a good idea.’”
Well, perhaps not anymore. During the game, pop artist Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 hit “Since U Been Gone” came on in the auditorium, and as a fan of the tune, Remmell decided to make the most of it.
Mandy Remmell and her son Blake are getting a lot of attention after she lip-synced to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” during last night’s @TerrapinHoops game at UMD and Blake was, to say the least, embarrassed. ? https://t.co/neMICz4XKV pic.twitter.com/DqvZ71j2ak
— Tom Roussey (@tomrousseyABC7) December 13, 2018
The fan camera caught her shimmying in her seat as the tune ramped up to the chorus. Then when it boomed out, Remmell started crooning into her phone as though it was a microphone.
Her display was pretty tame — until Blake realized he and his mother were splayed across the giant screen for everyone to see. Consternation flashed across his face, and he tried to duck away, his hand rising up to push his mother back.
But Remmell would have none of it. She began to move back and forth in her seat, her display becoming more and more animated.
Blake flipped up his hoodie, buried his head in his hands and tried to hide. Alas, there was nowhere to go.
“I was like, ‘Oh, he is so embarrassed,’” Remmell told Yahoo! Lifestyle. “‘We’re just going to keep going.’”
The crowd appreciated it, roaring approval as the song came to an end. Social media followers did as well.
“A mother’s job is to embarrass her sons at one time or another in his life,” Wanda Jackson Landis tweeted. “Job well done, Mom!!”
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“Mom please sto-“
? I CAN BREATHE FOR THE FIRST TIME ? pic.twitter.com/4b5DQ7SzdE
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) December 12, 2018
Blake was less pleased. “I know that she always does stuff like that — all the time.”
But perhaps he feels a little different after seeing one more reaction from someone who approved of Remmell’s display. Kelly Clarkson herself chimed in on the performance.
“This is my kind of mama,” she tweeted. She followed it up with the hashtag #ThatKidIsNotHavinIt.
“At the end of the day, life doesn’t have to be so serious,” Remmell said. “If you do some things that are fun, then your kids will really like you.”
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