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featuring – my mother, patricia

As a little girl, my mother would hide behind the living room curtains, before flinging herself through them, starting a show for an imaginary audience. She could twirl at the top of her tippy toes, an untrained ballerina. After an episode of Dancing with the Stars, my mother reenacted this scene, as she told me the story. I imagined she looked the same then as she did now, childlike and free.

My mother has lived in four different states, all different regions of the country. At the young age of 21, she left her home in East Detroit and set out for New York City. While there she met my dad, a born New Yorker. He recently told me a story how when he first met her, he took her to buy gloves as she didn’t own any herself. I’m sure my mother has an explanation about why a girl who lived in Michigan all her life, didn’t have gloves in New York, but either way, it makes me laugh.

Patty Barrett NYC

She was an extra on a few television shows, one in particular was Cheers. When Kirstie Alley was on Dancing with the Stars, the episode my mother was in, was aired in her montage of work. I’ve been an extra multiple times and the most you have seen me in anything, is the side of my hair. Yet my mother is sitting at a bar table, in a red skirt suit, clear as day, reaction shot and everything.

Mike and Patty Barrett Wedding Day

She married my dad in New York, living there for a total of five years, before the two of them were boarding a one-way flight to Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before she was pregnant with me. With gorgeous weather on the West Coast, they took me everywhere. I was even given a shoutout, when my mom competed on Wheel of Fortune. Yes, besides being on TV shows, my mom was also a contestant on numerous game shows. I learned this in middle school before I watched the VHS tape recording, realizing a lot of what we had owned, were prizes she won. When she won the car at the end, she jumped up and down, her voluminous, long hair leftover from the 80s bouncing with her. After nearly four years of living in L.A, with my sister on the way, they decided to move back to East Detroit, raising their children near family.

Pregnant Patty in LA

In Detroit, my mother went back to school, earning a college degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State University. She simultaneously sold real estate and studied acting and improv. At the age of 9, I remember sitting in the corner of the basement, watching my mom interact with her cool classmates. That moment is when Party Quirks became my favorite improv game. My high school Drama class can vouch for that. 

Patty Barrett Graduation Day

After 11 years in Michigan, we were packing up our home into a large truck for the sunshine state, and we’ve been in Orlando ever since. She was a great teacher in Detroit and Orlando. More than that, she was a caretaker. Numerous times, she collected school supplies, clothes, and gifts for some of her less fortunate students.

Patty Barrett classroom

And she’s done all this while staying fit and active. One of my first memories is sitting next to my sister in a cart, connected to my mom’s bike. We felt like we were flying as she pulled us around, our helmets continuously tapping on our tiny heads. We also found ways to entertain ourselves in the Wimbledon arena on 9 mile, while my mom played tennis.  

Patty Barrett Turkey Trot

Not to toot my own horn but, she does have three beautiful daughters. All of whom are smart, funny, and single. We have her to thank for our long legs.

She is the creator of the word, “doy hoy,” abbreviation, “doy,” and is the only reason the word, “loo loo,” is still used. I hope I haven’t offended anyone by using those terms. She’s had the courage to leave everything she’s ever known, more than once. Besides living in different states, my mom has visited many places, most recent was the Grand Canyon. Most importantly, she has remembered the importance of making time to have fun.

Barrett family Grand Canyon

With all the accomplishments my mom already has, there are many more ahead of her. She has yet to be the mother of the bride or become a grandma. Two roles, I know she is excited to fill. She plans on getting a passport soon, with a few countries as destinations in mind. The possibilities for my mother continue to be endless.

Happy Birthday Mom. I love you.

Patty Barrett pool table

Comment below to wish my mom a Happy Birthday too!

17 responses to “featuring – my mother, patricia”

  1. Great story Meg of a wonderful and carefree young lady who is now still wonderful and a very young 60 year old friend. Heres to another 60! Happy birthday Patty ♡


  2. Happy birthday! Beautiful stories, so much I didn’t know about her! Now I know where you get all your coolness from 😂


  3. Happy Birthday Patty! For obvious reasons, my favorite part is when you packed up the home into a large truck heading to the sunshine state!


  4. HAPPY Birthday Patty. I loved Megan’s story about you and how much you’ve done. I’m happy to have the pleasure to have been a player in your life. Michigan, California, and Florida. I missed New York so put that one on your travel list. I slready have my passport. LU


  5. Happy Birthday Patty, the best roommate that I ever had. We lived happily on 49th street in New York and enjoyed every minute of the fast paced life. Believe me we were fast paced, always doing something. As the years have gone by we have lost touch with many of our NY pals, but we have remained close and our friendship is one of the things in my life I value the most. Fun, creative, honest, talented, kind, caring and zany that’s just a few words to describe my dear friend. We hit NY this spring to celebrate! I can’t wait! Love Always Kathy


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