Short, but true stories
Through the years there have been many
situations that were serious and something unplanned
would happen to upset the applecart. It was so hard to
hide the laughter I felt coming, to keep a straight
face while trying to make a point or not to embarrass the child. Often I did lose out to a smile
or laugh I just couldn't hide and had to talk my way
around it. I cherish those memories now and will
share a few of them here with you.
Jack said some very bad swear words. Mother heard him and
said "everytime you swear God takes five minutes off
your life." Jack went quietly away and much
later Mom found him lying on his bed facing the wall,
awake but just staring at the wall. Mother asked
him "what's the matter Jack?" At this Jack
burst out sobbing, rubbing his eyes, and told Mom...."I
ain't got very long to live."
We had a small shop and both working to make ends meet.
Mostly I was able to be home for the children when they
got off the school bus, but there were times I was
unavoidably detained. The neighbors were good and
would certainly not leave them wanting. But Ninette
decided she was going to cook! I don't remember
what it started out to be, but the end result was a very
soiled pot! I insisted all good cooks clean up after
themselves and she must too! I busied myself
getting caught up with everyday things, and heard Ninette
whining about how bad the pot was, I called out
"use a little elbow grease" and kept on with my
chores. It came time for the kitchen, when I walked in I
couldn't believe it..... it was an uproar!!
Everything was pulled out on the floor and Ninette's
backside was sticking out from under the sink. I
asked "What in the world are you doing" she
replied "I'm looking for the elbow grease"!!!
|Grandaughter Jade 1
Two and a half year old grandaughter Jade was very
afraid of the thunder storm that just wouldn't let up.
Jade said "Grandma, I'm afraid" I tried to
soothe her with the stories of angels bowling and God
moving his furniture around. But she sobbed, "Grandma
I'm still afraid" I had run out of stories, so told
her "Then it's time you talked to God. That's called
praying, do you know how to pray?" Jade anxious to
make anything work at this point said at the top of her
"Yes Grandma.......... Hip - Hip ---pray!"
Grandaughter Jade 2
We live in Canada and were driving to a remote community
called Pickle lake. It's a beautiful place, but quite a
drive from our city. Young Jade was
travelling with us. As to any child the trip seemed
endless and she was getting restless. Trying
to keep her occupied. I chanted "we are going
to Pickle lake". Jades little voice chanted
"yes Grandma ... I pick the green one."
|Grandaughter Jade 3
Jade is around nine and her mother is getting married. We
had the video camera out and were having coffee at the
groom's parents home. Jade suddenly stood up and
cleared her throat. She started off saying she
wanted to congratulate her mom and welcome her new dad to
the family. She blushed a little and said she
wanted to sing them a song. (she has a fantastic
voice and we often encouraged her to sing) This, though,
was her own idea and took us all by surprise. We
all gathered around to film her, thinking how nice a
moment this was. She started singing, and doing a
beautiful job of the song she chose, (I think it's
because her grandfather often asked her to sing it).
I felt so sorry for her, when the audience started
muffling giggles and hiding smiles. The song she had
chosen was the Patti Loveless song. Your lyin, cheating,
two timing double dealing ..etc. etc.etc...........................
Planting a WHAT????
My three children are very close in age, and they kept me
pretty busy, not to mention all the household chores,
laundry, etc. but I am sure every mother can relate to
that. One day I had started a chore that I had to
leave to cook supper, and clean up before I could get
back to finish it. The children were always so full
of questions no matter how busy I was and for the most
part I would take the time to give them a decent
explanation. This time though I took the easy way
out. The three of them called me to look out the
window asking what Chum, our four legged vaccum cleaner
was doing. He was burying the pork chop bones he
was given from supper left overs. I said only
"He's planting a pig" and went back to my
chores. A week or so later the children were having a
"picnic" which consisted of peanut butter
sandwiches and milk on the back steps. They kept
coming back for more milk, which was quite unusual so I
followed the last out to see what they were up to.
The three of them were standing around a hole they had
dug ............ yep! You guessed it. When I
asked them what they were doing they answered
seriously "we're planting a cow, mom".
This was many years ago when
dogs got all the supper leftovers.
We all know today that pork chop
or chicken bones is a definate
"NO NO" for our four
following is copied from a posting on our local pet
bulletin board here in Thunder Bay.
November 6, 1998
About 6 1/2 weeks ago, my wonderful
cat Charly, ran away or so I thought. My mother and
I would call him every night but he'd never come home.
Sometimes, we could hear a cat meowing but we couldn't
trace where it was
coming from. He had never been away from home for
so long and we began
to think a fox or a bear had got him. Still, we
kept looking. We called the Humane Society hotline
in case someone had brought him in or he was found dead on the road, but there
was nothing. Then six weeks later on November 6, 1998
when I came home from a horrible day at school, my mom
told me we had found him. My neighbour was trying
to sell a truck and
opened the back to show an interested buyer. There
they found my beautiful boy laying cold, terribly thin
and horribly grumpy and weak, in the middle of the truck.
After Charly put up quite a fight, the two men managed to
bring him home. My whole family was overjoyed to
see him back and once Charly recognized our voices, his
grumpiness left him and he began to purr. The vet says to
give him a lot of attention and keep him near food and
water and he'll be fine. Charly has begun to walk
and eats a little here and a little there. I can't thank my
neighbours enough for my cat. I'm so glad he's home.