Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Choices

Long time no see! Sorry I haven't been updating the blog regularly. I'm going to try to get back to it. Here is my contribution for the Three Word Wednesday prompt this week. Hope y'all like it.


Maggie was holding on to her sanity by a thread. Every second that went by, her grip lessened that much more.

She had stepped outside, hoping they would leave her alone. She should have known better. They just followed her. They were relentless.

She had to hand it to them, when they wanted something they didn’t stop until they got it. Even though she admired the trait when they employed it with others, when they turned on her, she could scream. Sometimes she did scream.

Today, she’d had about all she could take. When she removed her hands from her ears, she clinched her teeth at the noise.

“Stop!”

“OW! Mom, Stanley hit me!”

“Quit crying, you little baby.”

“If you throw that rock you’ll be sorry.”

“Oh yeah, what are you gonna do about it?”

Throwing her hands up in the air, Maggie yelled, “Shut up!” Once assured she had their attention, she told them, “You have two choices. You can quit the fighting, shake hands and play nice, or I can get a hickory switch and tan your backsides.” She let it sink in, praying they wouldn’t call her bluff, before asking, “Which do you prefer?”

It was all she could do to keep from laughing when both children looked at her like she’d grown horns. They not only shook hands, but also gave each other a big hug, all the while promising to be good from now on.

8 comments:

Old Altonian said...

Delightful! They can be a handful, can't they!

Kim Nelson said...

Completely old school story. Brought back memories of my own childhood!
http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/06/15/blessed-connection/

Laurie Kolp said...

A tried and true tactic that needs to be used more these days...

Angel said...

Thanks for reading, y'all. Glad you enjoyed the story.

Shauna said...

Loved this funny and charming piece.

Fear Not the Darkness but What lies Within said...

kids always know how to push a parents buttons I'm glad she didn't have to follow through because that would not have been good.

trisha said...

that was an effective communication :)

trisha
http://magicthought.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/the-thread-for-3ww/

Angel said...

I read both Trisha and Kim's offerings. Very nice. I tried to leave comments but not sure they went through.