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Fun Monday


Karisma is our hostess for Fun Monday this week. And, here's the task:
"I want you to take a trip down memory lane, and keep right on going, right back to your childhood. And I want to hear "THAT STORY". You remember the one? Yes, you do! The one your parents, siblings, extended family or friends, would never let you forget, live down or get over!"
I have to tell a story that my mother has told many times, but that I don't really remember as I was too young. Still, I've heard it so many times that it really is like a memory for me. Or even better, maybe my story is the story of my mother telling the story. Phewwwww..... that was a lot of story, huh?

Anyway, I was a little kid, three or four years old. I had tons of Little Golden Books. In fact, I still have those very Little Golden Books. But that is beside the point. I had these Little Golden Books and they were scattered all over the floor. My mother told me to pick them up.

I said no.

She told me again. I said no. This went on and on and she finally gives me a spanking.

I still wouldn't pick up the books.

My father came home from work. He tells me to pick up the books. One guess what I said. The same routine is played out again, only this time with my father.

Finally, they both are crying because I am such a little shit. I guess to this day those books would still be in the floor unless one of them picked them up. I don't remember who picked them up as that wasn't the pertinent part of the story, though I assume my mother did it as my father would know less about cleaning up than a three year old did.

This story comes up quite often when my mother thinks I am being stubborn or not listening. She seeks to shame me with it, but she fails.

I'm stubborn. I don't like to be told what to do. Who does? I deal with the consequences of that, both positive and negative, every day and my parents can have a clear conscience that they did their best to "straighten me out".

I guess they failed. But again, I'm ok with that.

Ok, go visit the other Fun Monday participants. Not that I would ever try to tell you what to do.......

Oh, and I'm hosting Fun Monday next week, so look for a post in the next day or so with your assignment. Comment to let me know if you want to participate and get your cameras ready.


48 comments:

swampy said...

I guess we all have a bit of a stubborn streak. I applaud your 'tenacity' with your parents. I can't even imagine telling either of my parents, "no." Especially not my dad.
I had a dress made just like the one your are wearing. I loved the collar.
Cute pic.
I'm in for next week. As you probably already know, I have a habit of sometimes not following the 'exact' directions. Usually because I'm not home and just have to guess what those directions might be and post before they are given.

Emma in Canada said...

Oh My God! Punkin is the spit from your mouth!

I never would have told my mother no. Now my kids? No such inhibitions.

Emma in Canada said...

Oh and I'll participate. Even without knowing what it is. Just cause it's you.

Willowtree said...

I would have told my mother no, and did many times (one time too many actually, that's when dad kicked me out).

I've always thought that the floor is as good a place as any to store stuff.

susan said...

tee hee...you are exactly like my youngest daughter! Only I figured out long ago that I have to find a way to make it seem like her idea. Why do I know this? Well...she may be exactly like me!

Great photo!

susan said...

I forgot to say go ahead and add me for next week. I've finally got my camera back so I'm good.

karisma said...

Well, at least you were an extremely "cute" stubborn little shit! :-)

karisma said...

Oh yeah! Sign me up for next week too! Im game for whatever you have in store for us.

theotherbear said...

I would never have dared say no! That's not necessarily a good thing, ruling by fear is not a great idea.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I can totally picture you saying that, too! Yes. You are amazingly stubborn. But, of course, I love that about you. That picture? Is simply adorable.

And, I'm in for next week but you knew that..

Kerith Collins said...

I really like the picture...and you sound like my daughter...she would rather pass out screaming than do what we kindly ask of her..i love your story...

Kerith Collins said...

oh...and i am so in for next week...no matter what the assignment!

Peter said...

A red head huh.... who ever would have guessed that???

Sign me in for next week please.

Hootin'Anni said...

Oh I like stubborn kids....don't you? LOL

Me and you, we be stubborn together just for the helluvit!!! It's fun.

kitten said...

Gosh! I would have never told my momma no. You brave! LOL! Beautiful picture.
Sign me up please! & if no one has the next week I would like to do it. Please let me know.

kitten said...

TY

Kaycie said...

That sounds like a story my mother would tell. But she tells them only in front of the family, and then in hushed tones. To hear her tell it, my stubbornness is her greatest failing as a mother.

I kinda like my stubborn streak.

LIBSMOM said...

People say you are stubborn like that is a bad thing!! Sheesh.
Count me in for next Fun Monday, please :)

Gattina said...

It's my first "Fun Monday" and my opinion is that people who let themselves "straigthen out" are not very good for later in life. They mostly have no defense at all. When I am told to do something what I don't want I just do the opposite and that hasn't changed since my childhood, lol !

Devilish Southern Belle said...

You know....I can't think of a single story to share. I am sure there are at least some, if not many. But heck if I can think of them! I remember being pretty stubborn, too, though.

janet said...

you were a brave brave child. i would never EVER ... but then, i was the quintessential brown-noser child.

and cound me in for next week, whatever the challenge!

Lisa said...

Cute picture. Sounds like my son right now.
Except I don't spank him, I take away the books and give them away! (Wow, am I mean!)

Junebug said...

Count me in for next week! My mom tells me I was the sweetest child when I was little, but when I became a teenager! Ohh the rebellion!! My children are no where near as rebellious as I was, thank God. But we were raised entirely differently. I am stubborn too.

Bren said...

I can see you being that stubborn! I think I would have caved after the spanking. Maybe before.

Count me in for next week!!

Alix said...

Wow you were stubborn I'm impressed. I might try one no and then my Mum used to get a look in her eye and I would totally cave.

Robinella said...

You ARE stubborn. Got me beat and I am very stubborn and shun authority. You go girl!! You know I am in for next week.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I think stubborness is a virtue. Unless it's coming from my kids.

I'd love to play next week!

Sauntering Soul said...

My mom always describes me as "the stubborn one" of her 3 kids. But I never actually said no to her about anything. I just stared and glared at her and didn't say a word. I'm surprised she speaks to me today.

Count me in for next week too!

slackermommy said...

My son is stubborn like that. I have no idea where he gets it...hmmmm.

Becky said...

Found your blog via the Buzz! Very cute picture with your story!
My kids are stubborn and I have no idea where in the world they got that from....if you ask hubby though he will tell you its from me.
I am new to this but count me in for next week as well! I will bookmark your blog and come back everyday!!!

Rachel said...

I see my and Chris having that exact conversation with Alyssa. Great.

Sassy Lucy said...

My kids have been that way to me...my story would have been more embarrassing...my parents like to do that to me.

Serina Hope said...

hehe Your poor parents. I know their pain. I am sure that you remember this when Punkin is a hand full, right??
I am in for Fun Monday, of course.
I would not miss it for the world.

Robin said...

Sure I'm in for next week :) (as long as it isn't nekkid pictures...I DO NOT want to break my new camera! Ha!).

As for this week, I suppose your stubbornness could serve you well, depending on the situation. The biggest down side is when it comes back to haunt you in your CHILDREN! Funny how your mom never let you live that down...I wonder if you would've given a little leeway if she had....

Tiggerlane said...

I had a TON of those books - and LOVED them! I used to arrange them, all in alphabetically order by title, in my bookcase - I should have been your sister, and then you wouldn't have gotten in as much trouble!

Karmyn R said...

Oh boy - if my 4 yr old daughter did that to me there would be some serious trouble.

I was too chicken to tell my parents no - but my sister, on the other hand, was great at it.

Kimberly said...

Ditto to Emma's comment. My Emma? Just like that. Glad to know there's hope for her. =)

Sandy said...

My daughter was 3 when I had to admit that she is, in fact, more stubborn than I am. No Golden Books were involved. I told her, "Go wash up for dinner". I didn't know they were fighting words!

Joy T. said...

I didn't participate this week so I'm just visiting. Glad I did, great story! And if I hear the word camera I'm not even going to wait to hear what the assignment is, sign me up please. ummm. Unless it's taking pictures of our breasts. Then I would not like to play.

Amanda said...

That sort of trait in an adult would have been called determined! Cute story....

laurie said...

holy moly. tha'ts beyond stubborn! that's .... suicidal!!

Pamela said...

No!

mjd said...

That sweet litle face does not look that stubborn.

Serina Hope said...

Hey bad girl, I have a prize up for you at my place.

Alta said...

A mean streak is not always a bad thing. Your parents did a great job! Just you remember that.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh my God that is hilarious. Will Punkin ever move you to tears? i think not, or at least, not over tidying issues. Hee hee.

Count me in for next week sweetie. Can't wait to see what you come up with Miss Fabulous.

justmylife said...

I love your stubburness, I think we all have that little stubburn streak.

Debs said...

I am stubborn myself. I won't admit that to my family. :D I am stubborn that way. *LOL*