Let’s play.

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Because you know I’ll never run out of these.

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The instant I read this a mental image of my mother standing impatiently waiting for me to get to the point flashed through my brain.

I was a creative child who loved to read, one more apt to be found at the library than the playing field. A good story always held me spellbound. So when I’d come running into the house anxious to tell my mother something interesting… but in the telling ended up weaving a long disjointed tale that made me forget the original thread…. she’d always shrug her shoulders, turn away and say, “It must not have been very important.”

To which I always wanted to scream, “Now I remember! The house is on fire.” … like that would teach her to take me seriously.

Ah, childhood.

Good times.

What did your mother always say to you?

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38 thoughts on “Let’s play.”

  1. If my mom thought my brother or I was acting silly, she would call us a dildo. Yep.
    When I was a junior in high school, I finally got up the nerve to ask her if she knew what a dildo was. Welp, she didn’t!
    And though she never called either one of us a dildo again, my children will lovingly call their Grammy a dildo to this day.

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  2. “Your father punishes you because he loves you!” Or words to that effect. She told me that almost every day until she died when I was 8. I didn’t believe her then, and I still don’t believe her now. My father told me the same thing, “I’m doing this because I love you.” Funny, he never said “I love you!” when he wasn’t punishing me. I must have been a bad little boy!

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      1. If you had asked for words our fathers saod, I would have written something like, “I don’t know what you did today, but I know you did something.”
        I am not writing these things looking for pity, or sympathy. It’s just the way life was for me and most of my 9 siblings. My father was an angry man, and my mother did what she had to in order to survive. Somehow I grew up a pacifist.

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  3. She still tells me “Will you stop acting like that and start acting like a damned lady!” To this day she still says that…..🙄
    Oh and “If you keep hitting your brother on the head he’ll never get past the 2nd grade” but in Spanish, yeah I was somewhat of a stinker as a kid.

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  4. “Get out of the way, you fucking idiot!” … just one of the many lovely things she would, and probably still does, say from behind the wheel. I remember lip syncing it, along with my sisters, and adapting it to our sibling discourse. “I was watching that, you fucking idiot!” After a while, we didn’t even have to say it, everyone knew what we meant, except for mom.

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  5. I love that little tale of your childhood!
    The first thing that popped into my head is my mom saying to me: “Suzanne, don’t be so fresh!”
    Which in her slang, meant sassy.
    sorry mom, I’m still fresh.

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