Story-Manners

When I grow up.....???


When I grow up...I hope I remember all the rules mommy and daddy keep telling me and my sister...seems now that I am in school there are so many things to learn and it just makes my stomach hurt sometimes.

The grown up people sure want us to learn a lot really fast.

...Please-Thank You- Yes Mam-Yes Sir-Speak when spoken to-Sit straight- Children are meant to be seen and not heard-chew all your food-eat it all gone, there are many people who don't have food-eat everything on your plate-don't talk with your food in your mouth-and they go on some more, but now I can't think of anymore...

We get to buy new shoes on Saturday..and they have this funny machine that takes a picture of your feet in the shoes..it only shows your bones though, and that is so mommy can see if the new shoes fit well. It doesn't hurt or anything, but I was afraid the first time...and you have to hold very still too.

My sister kept moving her feet and so they had to take the picture over two times...mommy was getting upset...

So anyways after we eat our dinner, we have to ask to be excused and pick our plates up...sometimes we hide food we don't like underneath and daddy gets mad. I wonder why they give us food we don't like? And why they put so much on the plate and I get full, but they still say "eat everything" or no desert. I always have room though for desert...

After we are done me and my sister have to sweep the kitchen floor and help dry the dishes, but daddy goes in the frontroom and listens to the radio and smokes a funny thing called a cigar. I don't like the smell from that but he thinks it is very nice.

Anyways I hope I can remember all the Manners we are learning and I will have to teach them to my children, I guess. But for now is just me and my sister and we are doing good.

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Laughing Mom profile image

Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Still sweet, G-Ma. But I didn't know anything about a picture taking machine for shoes!


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

Yeah, I had never heard of that either.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

very cool G-Ma! I wish I could be like daddy after dinner, listen to the radio and smoke a cigar of some kind.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Lucey, I didn't recognize your eye.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

I remember those things, but Dad didn't smoke. The Xray machine is very familiar.

My mom would remind us of the starving people in India and China- I desparetely wanted to send them my excess.


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

Hi Laughing Mom! Yeah, I changed the avatar a bit....you can see the other one in the eye if you look closely.

I remember when I was younger and my Dad would smoke a cigar....he would blow huge smoke rings and my friends and I would chase them.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Wow, Lucey. That's just wild!!!!


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

Yeah...it's different.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

It's very cool.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Wow thanks everyone...That was quick...

and yes they stopped using the machines because of too much exposure to the x-rays, sometimes they took 4-5 of them depending on  what shoes you tried on...and how many...

And no one had any manners to add?..I thought of several later :O)


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

always offer a beer to your guests. But i had to learn that one on my own.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

GT,,,glad to see you sweetie...How's the new job coming along? and did you read my say in the forum? HUmmmm?

I know you will do just fine cause you are a good Man...and so now you want to smoke a cigar...yuke...I like what you smoke now better LOL...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I haven't seen it, ever since the transition came around, I haven't been able to focus on anything but that. But I know you are a root tootin me on!


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Yes My dear I always am here too...so just behave and be good and do what you do so well...Love Ya John...G-Ma :O) Hugs


R Burow 7 years ago

Seems you remembered everything, and I bet you passed it along to your kids.?


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I used to hate to eat as a child, especially vegetables, and would excuse myself and spit it out in the bathroom when I could get away with it. LOL! And, had no idea about the x-ray machine for shoes, wow, there is always something to learn about.

Enjoyed reading this. :)


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John Z 7 years ago from Midwest

G-Ma, good hub! I don't remember the x ray but I do remember dropping my peas on the floor one at a time thinking I wouldn't have to eat them. always got busted later. :p


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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore

Good hub, G-Ma. You really do sound like a 9 year old. :)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

G-ma, I'm new, been following your comments around town and thought I'd say hello! So you're in Sequim!! I'm in Kingston! Good to have another neighbor! I have great manners due in no small part from my own Gramma Johnson! I'm a new fan, #3 million something.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

G-Ma hope you're being a good girl, now that you're all grown up! :)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

R.Burow...well let's say I gave it my best shot...doesn't always work though :O) Hugs

VioletSun...Hee  hee...I tried all sorts of things and it just never worked...Ol'well Thanks for the comment...:O) Hugs

John Z..Me too never got away with anything...ow well..:O) Hugs and a kiss too

Wandererh...well sometimes it's fun to think like one...thanks for coming by...:O) Hugs

Candie V..Well my my how cool is all this?  I probably pass by you often going to my daughters..How nice to meet you and when do we leave for Vegas anyway?...been too hot here for me so not sure about that trip...However?...and you have a Gramma Johnson? is a common name though so not too surprising...Thank you sweetie for commenting...:O) Hugs

Feline...Please do not hold your breath...somehow I never had my chance to be naughty???Still can't though...yes am a good girl..old woman I mean...Thanks hun for the comment...:O) Hugs


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Remember it well, well told G-Ma, I had forgotten how I felt, thanks for the reminder.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

G-Ma

Children will always be children no matter what their parents teach them. Thanks for another enjoyable read. I hope the little girl will never stop sharing her stories. Lurve ya and this! :D


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Hello G-Ma.  So much to learn, so much pressure. Nice one.


Ginn Navarre 7 years ago

Great read as always, I didn't have worry about the shoe issue for in Arizona we just went barefooted in my time and forgetting your manners, that meant a trip to the bus-barn and a good ---wacking.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

You did well in remembering the abc's of good etiquette. Here are a few more, do you remember these?

"What's the magic word", "What do you say", "Did you wash your face and hands", "Excuse me", "May I', and "cover your mouth when you cough".


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Hawkesdream...hee hee..Thanks for coming by...:O) Hugs

Cris A...well is true my dear but Manners are still important and do stick to a point...:O) Hugs

Jewels...Yes it did feel that way, but most children at that time were going through the same...Thanks for commenting ...:O) Hugs

Ginn...yes I remember that too...the wacking anyways, with a wooden coat hanger...they broke easily tho :O) Hugs

Dotti1...hee hee... those sound more like when I raised my children... maybe we had to wash up...but I don't remember that being a big deal.."Please" was so well plugged into us they never had to ask? things are way different today? or not?

"May I" ...I did forget...LOL there were/are so many...LOL :O) Hugs


Candie V profile image

Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

You must send me a post when you traverse this way (when the bridge reopens) and we shall have coffee!


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Hey that sounds great..would be so fun..thanks for the nice thought...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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rongould 7 years ago

Brings back lots of memories.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

rongould....good one's..or just memories like for me?not saying they are bad cause childhood is great...thanks for commenting my dear Man...:O) Hugs


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Kenny Wordsmith 7 years ago from Chennai

Sweet times! I enjoyed your trip back, though I don't really care for lessons on etiquette. :)

I love that machine, never knew of its existence,

Thanks, G-Ma! Hugs.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Hi there Kenny.. :O) ...so nice to hear from you again...things not so busy? for you I am hoping and the family is all well...and of course growing like weeds I suppose...wherever does the time go???

My small attempt at story writing, but they are mostly for my own family, just thought I would publish them and see what people had to say...any words of advice for this beginner?

...Actually afraid to ask that ?  Thanks my dear for answering and any word about Mr.Marmalade?   Haven't seen him around in a while???...Love Ya ....:O) HUGs G-Ma


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Kenny Wordsmith 7 years ago from Chennai

Hi G-ma! Things are still busy busy here, but I just do a bit of hubbing to be in touch.

You will make a great storyteller, and I hope you do some stories set in the time of your childhood, as everybody is enjoying retro stuff. I'm planning a book like that too.

Frank? I think he is just taking a break like I did. :)

Love you too, heaps. Hugs. :)


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

Gosh how I wish my kids were like that, or even like me when I was small. great story!

dori


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Kenny...Thank you...and you wouldn't be leading me on...I hope? Actually am trying to get my son-in-law to illustrate for me ...he is a wonderfull artist...but we shall see..maybe when I die it will happen...:O)...Love seeing you again my sweet Man...and Thanks for the update on Mr.M...:O) Hugs & Kisses G-Ma


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

fortunerep...love that name dori...and I am sure they are....just is hard to see in everyday life...sometimes...Thanks my dear for commenting...:O) Hugs

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