I’m not quite sure why I’m so freaked out by the fact that my mother is now reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Looking back at it, it really shouldn’t be too big of a deal, but the whole thing kind of gives me the heebie jeebies.
I went over her house this weekend, and I got a notification email through saying that I had received a comment on this blog. When my phone wouldn’t behave, I asked Mom if I could use her Kindle Fire to get online and approve the comment. After a few seconds of it booting up, up pops her bookshelf with Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed lined up and ready to read. I did have a bit of a nosey, and saw that she was about three-quarters of the way through FSoG, and I let out a bit of a gasp when I saw that she had bookmarked a few of the more sexy scenes. That’s when she caught me snooping.
She let me know that a lot of the ladies at the vegetable gardening club she belongs to had been talking about it, and she wanted to know what all the fuss was about. She’s a bit of a free spirit anyway – a flower child who turned into an Earth-Mother and now Earth-Grandmother – so it’s not unheard of that she’d venture out of the grandma comfort zone at times. I just never thought she would jump onto the Fifty Shades bandwagon along with me!
She asked me if I had read it yet, and I told her about the Fifty Shades Diary blog. She did have a bit of a laugh reading through my posts and asking me if I have tried out all of these sex toys I write about. (No, Mom, not all of them. Maybe a few. OK – most.) I have to admit, the whole time I was quite red, giving me flashbacks to the whole birds and bees chats of my youth. What is it about talking about sex with my parents that gets me all flustered? I asked her what she thought, and she likened it to the trashy novels that you read when you go on vacation, which is a good assessment on her part. She didn’t see what all the fuss was about, since her generation was all about free love and doing what pleases you anyway. I guess things really have changed that much in the last thirty years that reading Fifty Shades isn’t that big of a deal to her.
God, I don’t even want to go there in my mind about my Dad going all Christian Grey on my Mom. That’s just OFF LIMITS, brain!
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