The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 35 · 2 years ago

Gratitude: My Mom, Melissa Shea - The Basement Lounge: EP #35


Throughout the month of March, I'm showing gratitude to everyone who's been supporting this show through Patreon & Anchor. 

This week, I'm shouting out the most important person in my mom, Melissa Shea.

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...episodes, showing gratitude and love to the people who have been supporting this show on Patreon and anchor. Now. Originally we were only going to do four of these. It was going to go through the the end of March and then we had a new patron come on who was a good personal friend of mine, so we pushed this one back, the grand finale gratitude episode here, to the week the first week of April, and that's fine because I'll show gratitude whenever I can, any chance that I can. And this final person that we're going to talk about on the show is a very special person to me. She has been supporting this show through patreon and outside of Patreon, since its inception. She's been supporting everything I do since my inception, the first time I decided to try doing stand up, the first time I tried going into theater, first time I got into radio, when I first decided I was going to get into podcasting. She supports everything I do and she has supported me since the day I was born, because she was there the day I was born. And talking about my mother, Melissa Shay, my mom has been a supporter of this patreon for a very long time. She expects nothing in return except her stickers, and I think I finally did give her her stickers. My mother is been a constant grounding in my life throughout the whole thing. I am very much a mama's boy. I make no bones about it. I love my mom. My mom is the most important person in the world to me. Nothing shatters my world more than when my mom is upset or sad or angry or frustrated or just impeded in any way. I would move mountains from my mother. My mother is so supportive that she lets me live in her basement at the age of thirty one her very nice finished basement. She lets me live here and and there is this.

I know there's this stigma about people that live with their MOMS, but let's let's be clear about a few things. I'm Mama's boy who lives with his in his mother's basement. But I don't ever expect anything of my mom. Now that can set a little negative, but here's but let me let me clarify. I don't expect my mom to take care of me. I know she will if I need her to, but I don't expect her to because I my mother did a damn fine job even before she and my dad were together, when it was just me and her. My Mother did a damn fine job of instilling good core values in me and teaching me to be self sufficient and to be independent. Yes, I live with my mother, but I do my own laundry, I clean my own bathroom, I make my own bed, take care of my own bed sheets, I clean my own floors. I even cook my own meals on occasion. You know, I work nights, so my mother does a lot of the cooking around the house anyway, but my din my dinner, is usually the left over from the next day, but the nights where I am home, I try to cook. I'm always available to give her or either of my younger siblings a ride any time they need it. I'm here to help out whenever it's needed. I make myself available because I don't expect my mother to take care of me, but I also know that I can rely on her to take care of me if the need were ever to arise, because my mother is probably the most kind, caring person I've ever met in the world. And I'm not just saying that because she's my mom and I'm not just saying that because she does nice things for me. It's because I see the nice things she does for everyone else. When a friend of hers at work has suffered a tragedy, my mom will you know, bake them cookies or make them food...

...when someone in the family you know is reaching out. She stays in contact with everybody and keeps up with everybody and make sure that, you know, everyone gets a happy birthday and that everyone feels loved and appreciated. Keeps up with all the nieces and nephews names and birthdays and everything. And she's a great daughter as well, how much love and attention and care she shows to my grandparents. My mother is just a very caring person in general and you can feel the love and the care that she has for everyone in the food that she cooks, in her laugh, in the way that she talks about current issues, just in the way that she introduces herself to people. I remember the day she met when I when I did the first when I did when I did the first round of the Wiley's firework competition last year. We all know Jodie mcdermot. Jodey McDermott was on the same night as me and we went home. She was like you know that Jody Lady. She was funny. I liked her and then I got to have jody on the show a few weeks later and it just so happened that she came over the same day that my mom happened to be home and they got to meet each other and and my mother just fell in love with jody immediately and vice versa, and now the two of them are friends on facebook and they talk good Lord. But to the way that my mother is just she just has such an open, open, open heart. Her heart is so full, but she always makes room for a little more love to share with people, and I have been the recipient of the love of that heart in my entire life. She's always been so excited any time I anytime I'd have a new undertaking, a new endeavor, she's always like go you know, you know, that's...

...great. She listens to my podcast every week. She listens to mixtape radio. She listens to this show. Since she's been stuck at home because of the the quarantine. She'll be sitting on the couch and I'll come upstairs and should be like, Oh, you're oh, that's right, oh it's Monday. That means I got to listen to a new episode of Mixtape Radio, and she'll listen to it right there in front of me and tell me how much she likes it. Whenever I have a comedy gig booked in town, she always finds a way to go. She sometimes can't make it, but she always tries or damnedest. She's always apologizes when she can't either, and I know she means that. I know she wants to be there. My mother would go to every show I have if she could. Even growing up she she almost never missed a show, but even when she did, I knew she didn't want to. I knew she wanted to be there. She is my ass the absolute foundation of my life. When I was living on my own down South, away from my mom, being away from my mom was the hardest thing in the world, not being able to see my mom every day. And I think about that all the time too, as I get older and I know that my career is going to take me to different places and in different directions. That's always the one thing that always just sit in the back of my mind. Is like, but I'm going to have to be away from my mom and I'm going to miss my mom and I know she's going to miss me too. And I love my mom so much and she's been supporting the show through Patreon for a long time I never asked her to, I ever expected her to. One day I would just woke up and it said you have a new supporter on Patreon. It was Melissa Schet and I was like you got to be kidding me. I almost wanted to rescind her membership, like mom no, no, no, no, no, doubt. I almost tied. I actually did at one point try... talk her out of it. Let me to shut up. She was like literally, shut up and take my money. Just any time I try to talk her out of helping me, she puts her foot down like no, do, shut up. She's just so generous and and that's why I try to make sure that I earned that. You know, like some people will say like oh well, your son, you don't have to earn it's like yeah, but if you kind of feel like I do, I kind of feel like I do have to earn it because I look at everything she's done for me for thirty one years and I just want to make sure that I can, I can repay that in dividends. You know, I want to. I want to make sure that she knows that her sacrifices and her contributions were not in vain as part that's a that's part of the reason why I don't like to give up on things. My Mom's not a quitter and she's always as invested in what I'm doing as I am, and so I feel like I need to see things through to the end so I can get her her return on that investment. You know, there's no amount of thank yous in the world I can ever give to show just how much my mom means to me. I can sit here and talk for twenty, thirty minutes and it wouldn't be enough. I've seen my mom go through some of the hardest things in a person's life, through the passing of my father, through the loss of other family members, through my baby brother having a convulsion as an infant due to a spiked fever, my younger brother having a nasty accident and breaking his arm. I remember when I had my first car wreck and my mother met me out at the sight of the wreck and I was fine, but well, she ran up in the first you could just see in her eyes that fear that something was wrong with me. Now once once she...

...realized I was fine, that's when that fear turned to anger in terms of what the fuck did you think you were doing. Look what you did. I'm glad you're okay, because that means not kick your ass. Myself One of those were the paramedics like are you fine? I was like I am now, but once my mom gets here, I'm not so sure. She might kill me. We'll see. I love my mom, I really do. That's just the kind of person that she is, though, and I always want to she always is, always able to come through on the other side. When we lost my dad was, you know, just it was so hard, not just because I knew I was losing my dad, because of what I knew, what it was doing to my mother, and all I wanted to do was, you know, be there for and find a way to, you know, he's her pain, in any way that I could, and just be there for her like she was being there for everybody else. And that was hard. It was hard for all of us, but she was still so together through everything and I know, I know she was struggling inside, because how do you how do you? How do you prep for something like that? But she was so attentive to everything going on with my dad, had all through his illness, that when the time did eventually come, you know she already had a plan in place, she knew what all the steps were, she knew the right questions to ask and she did what she knew she needed to do to keep things together, not just for herself but, you know, for everybody else. And you know, seeing your mom go through something like that it not one it humanizes your mom,...

...because a lot of times we hold our parents in this high regard, the same way we do like with celebrities, where sometimes we don't always see them as people, we see them as this like infallible, you know, next level being, and we forget sometimes that, you know, our parents are people just like us. They feel a lot of the same things we do. And to be able to share in that kind of moment with my mother, where we were all feeling the we all knew we were feeling the same thing, and to be able to just be there for each other but at the same time, to still know that my mom, my mom, I knew my mom was going to be okay because I knew that she was such a smart and resist billiant woman that she she had already how do I put this? She had all, she already had put into reality. What could happen and plan for it just in case. And that was so evident when my dad did pass away, because it just, you know, from her telling us everything that had already been set in motion and and what she was working to do and how hard she worked to make sure that we got to, you know, have our moments of grief when we needed it. And now it's been, you know, it's been two years and she is still just as smart and strong and wonderfully compassionate as ever and every day, now that she's home all day, every day, I think we're all getting...

...a little stir crazy, the tired of each other, but at the same time, getting getting to see my mom every day is like the best thing ever to me. It really is. Getting to be at home watching crap TV with my mom and telling stupid jokes about stupid stuff and playing with the dogs is just the best thing ever. There's nothing I love more than just getting to spend time with my mom, and so, with her being such a constant supporter of this show and everything else that I do and just a constant supporter of me, I really wanted to make sure that I saved her gratitude episode for last, because as much as I love all the rest of you who are helping support this show. It's my mom and I love my mom and I'm so glad she's my mom. So, mom, thank you for everything. I can't even put into words how much everything you've done for me over thirty one years has meant to me. I would not be the person I am today without you. Anything else aside, I would not be where I'm at right now without you. So thank you for always supporting me, thank you for always sticking up for me, thank you for always helping me when I needed help, thank you for always knocking some sense into me when I needed it, and thank you for just being you. I love you so much. We'll see you, guys, next week.

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