Annie’s mother was very unusual, she wasn’t as normal as the other mothers. Andy knew that and she didn’t like that, sometimes she felt proud but at the same time a little embarrassed. Annie knew that her mother was a very liberal woman and she respected that, but sometimes she just didn’t want to be her daughter, like she wanted a “normal” mother, just to put it that way.
Annie’s mother liked to repeat things; it didn’t matter if it made any sense, for her was just a “funny phrase” and she said it whenever she wanted to, or whenever she thought it was the moment for it. Like it says on page 353:
When Annie’s father was listening to the baseball game of New York vs. The Pirates and just when her mother passed through the kitchen she heard over the radio “Terwillinger bunt one”; for the next seven or eight years her mother always said “Terwillinger bunt one”, for testing a microphone, to congratulate someone, etc.
And on a family trip to Florida they learned how and why was built the Tamiami trail or the Alligator Ally, like some called it, a road between Miami and Tampa. She liked to call it Alligator Alley because it was built through the Everglades.
She liked to play jokes on everybody, including his family. Like it’s written on page 356: when you two were playing checkers and you were winning, if you turned around she would move all the checkers from the board just to make her win. Or grab some checkers and hide them under the rug.
Also when someone called on the phone and she didn’t knew who the caller was she would just pass it to Annie or Amy (Annie’s sister) and tell her “here, take this, your new name is Cecile”.
A joke she made on a stranger, which Anne felt super embarrassed after this joke, was on the trip to the Highland Park Zoo, Annie and her mother were alone for a minute and she approached to