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Mom Meets Paul Ryan. Ever Had One of Those Moments? Need a Do-Over?

Have you ever had one of those dates with destiny where you have one chance to say what you mean, no do overs, but you flub it? It happened to my mom this weekend at a Paul Ryan event. Afterwards, she reached out to him with her rosary in hand. The Secret Service tried to take it away, Paul came back and took it. He asked, “are you sure you want to give me your rosary?” 

“Yes,” she said, “remember the women!”

Ugg! Mom!

Remember the women?

She could have said anything else, and felt better …

  1. Justine Olawsky

    Aaw . . . your mom is sweet.  I bet he knew exactly what she meant.  Pelosi/Biden Catholic rosaries have little O symbols instead of beads, right?

    When I first met my favorite singer/songwriter, Carolyn Arends, after a concert, she was signing CDs with a black Sharpie.  When it was my turn, I blurted out, “Could you sign mine with this special sparkly pen I brought?”  She graciously agreed, but I was mortified.  I could barely get out anything else — maybe a quick, “I just love your music.” 

    I’ve been lucky to have a few do-overs with her since then, and we have laughed together about “special sparkly pens” and other such goofy things.

  2. Katie O

    Thanks Justine, I’m going to share the O symbol crack with mom! Your sparkly pen story is great. Why do we get so tongue-tied? It’s awesome you got your do-over! Reminds me of when I met Louise Mandrel at the Grand Ole Opry. She use to have a variety show with her sisters (Barbara and ?) on TV when I was little. I said, “I liked you best because you have brown hair like me”. Face palm! She was very sweet, said I must have been very young when the show was on, and took some pictures with me. Even with the extra time I couldn’t recover. I came back with, “my dad thought you were the prettiest”. Again with the creepy! Sheesh :)

  3. Doug Kimball

    About fifteen years ago, while on a “dog and pony” tour of Wall Street firms with my CEO to drum up support for our company’s stock, I was introduced to Matty Simmons, producer of Animal House and all the National Lampoon movies.  He and his entourage were visiting the same investment bank to raise money for his next film.  When I shook his hand, I clammed up, then finally squeaked out a “Nice meeting you.”   What I was searching for, before my wits went all goofy, was “Eric Stratton.  Rush Chairman.  Damn glad to meet you.”  It came to me less than a minute later, but the opportunity had passed.  

  4. Katie O

    Doug that would have been perfect! I love Animal House. There has got to be a name for when the perfect thing to say comes to mind right after the moment has passed. Anybody know?

  5. Katie O

    Yes! And, it didn’t come off as rehearsed. They were just natural hand gestures when he was talking…not just for show. I was very impressed by him.

  6. sawatdeeka

    Congressman Duncan Hunter visited our church in San Diego years ago–he was a former member.  I saw him out in the parking lot, greeted him, and called out, “We talked about you in our history class!” 

    He politely acknowledged the statement, but obviously did not know how to reply. 

  7. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    LOL. I thought only my Mom blurted out stuff like that!  Great post!

  8. Amy Schley
    Katie O: Doug that would have been perfect! I love Animal House. There has got to be a name for when the perfect thing to say comes to mind right after the moment has passed. Anybody know? · 20 hours ago

    The term is “[esprit] d’escalier”; literally “wit of the staircase” referencing how you come up with the best response after the party as you’re heading to bed.

  9. Katie O

    :) sawatdeeka! Don’t worry, I think most politicians Love to hear about their impact in the classroom! 

  10. Katie O

    Thanks CJS…I can’t wait to do it to my kids ;)

    That’s perfect Amy. Now I just need to practice pronouncing it so i don’t miss my moment when it comes! Thanks.

  11. Severely Ltd.
    Doug Kimball: About fifteen years ago, while on a “dog and pony” tour of Wall Street firms with my CEO to drum up support for our company’s stock, I was introduced to Matty Simmons, producer of Animal House and all the National Lampoon movies.  He and his entourage were visiting the same investment bank to raise money for his next film.  When I shook his hand, I clammed up, then finally squeaked out a “Nice meeting you.”   What I was searching for, before my wits went all goofy, was “Eric Stratton.  Rush Chairman.  Damn glad to meet you.”  It came to me less than a minute later, but the opportunity had passed.   · 21 hours ago

    You were fast, my snappy retorts or cleverisms usually occur to me in the wee hours of the morning a week later.

  12. Mama Toad

    I wish I could go to a Paul Ryan event without having to leave my oh-so-blue state. New York, with the highest taxes! The most Lyme disease! The crumbling infrastructure! The infuriating governor! The scarcity of Presidential campaigners!

  13. Mama Toad

    And you realize, of course, that Paul Ryan has probably already taken a lap around those Rosary beads…

  14. Carol

    @ Justine – “Pelosi/Biden Catholic rosaries have little O symbols instead of beads, right?” Oh, that made me laugh! Thanks!

  15. Amy Schley
    Katie O: Thanks CJS…I can’t wait to do it to my kids ;)

    That’s perfect Amy. Now I just need to practice pronouncing it so i don’t miss my moment when it comes! Thanks. · 6 minutes ago

    Let me help you with that: e-SPREE des-kal-i-YE.

    On a related note, I had jury duty this past Monday, and I have to say that few things drive me nuts the way southerners and mid-westerners pronounce voir dire. It’s a “voi” sound like “voila” followed by “deer.”

  16. George Rapp

    This was at the Sioux City event, right?  I thought that looked like Bev’s in the background.  (I hail from just across the river in SSC, though I’m now living in Battleground Ohio … 8^)

    Great story, Katie. My suggestion for the answer to #4 above (what’s the name for when the perfect thing to say comes to mind right after the moment has passed) was going to be “my entire life”.  

  17. Katie O

    It was Sioux City. It’s nice when politicians stop by that part of Iowa, it gives those of us in “red” Nebraska and South Dakota a chance to participate pretty easily. 

    George Rapp:  My suggestion for the answer to #4 above (what’s the name for when the perfect thing to say comes to mind right after the moment has passed) was going to be “my entire life”.   · 17 minutes ago

    Story of my life too George!

  18. Severely Ltd.
    Katie O: Doug that would have been perfect! I love Animal House. There has got to be a name for when the perfect thing to say comes to mind right after the moment has passed. Anybody know? · 21 hours ago

    This is our chance to put Ricochet on the map!

    “That’s the website where the very useful term ________ was coined to describe when the perfect thing to say comes to mind right after the moment has passed.”

    I’ll have a good one in a week or so.

  19. TucsonSean

    yeah, major do-over.  I went to a rfundraiser/rally for GW Bush in 2004, and was able to work my way to the front for the handshake part, and he reached out, I shook his hand and just stared at him.  I could not say a thing.  I meant to say “God bless you”, “Kick Kerry’s a**”, or “we love you” etc., etc., anything but just staring at him like an idiot.

    Would love a chance to meet him again.

  20. Leslie Watkins

    Cut your mom some slack, Katie O. She was channeling Abigail Adams, dontchathink? … Great report. I share your feeling about Ryan’s basic authenticity, a very rare thing for me to think about any politician. (It makes me really nervous, actually.)

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