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Peggy, the Do It Myself Kid

Updated on June 26, 2013

The Do It Myself Kid, One of My Nicer Nicknames

Hello, I'm Peggy, and I was a do it yourself kid (or a do it myself kid, depending on who was calling me this). In any addiction, acknowledging you have a problem is the first step, right?

I was called the "do it myself kid," among other things, so said my mom and dad because from a very young age, I always wanted to "do it myself." I still don't like it when someone does something for me if it's something I can physically do myself. For some reason this led to my being called stubborn.

Being the youngest, I put my older brothers and sisters in a tough spot. They wanted a baby, to baby. I couldn't wait to grow up and just take care of myself. This was a sore spot. Oh well. I find it to be a redeeming quality.

I'm also throwing in some funny quotes and what not. Did I say I have a weird sense of humor? I do.

Source of Image of Stubborn Donkeys: dimitri at

Sweeping. Ah, yes.
Sweeping. Ah, yes.

My Other Tricycle Was a Broom

A Toddler Witch?

Like I mentioned, I wanted to get down to business and grow up and do stuff by myself. One of my first memories was wanting my own broom so I could sweep the kitchen floor. Not sweep with Mom; I wanted to sweep the floor by myself.

Somehow I got my own little broom and swept the kitchen floor every morning. This was before I went to school because even then, I wanted to earn my keep.

Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

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I'd Rather Be - Doing It Myself

I'll Do It Myself... thank you very much.
I'll Do It Myself... thank you very much.

Mary Englebreit Says... - some funny things.

~ If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no sense being a fool about it.

~ Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.

~ Start each day with a smile and get it over with.

Names I've been called (because being

a do it myself kid is not all tea and roses)...



Pig Headed


Mean and Hateful


Jealous, huh?

Peggy and Scarlett.
Peggy and Scarlett.

Do It Yourself...

and There's No One Else to Blame

I think the reason I like doing things myself is I enjoy being accountable. If I do something right, I have the satisfaction of a job well done. If I screw up, and I have plenty of times, I have no problem taking the blame. I have learned so much from my screw ups. Mostly, I've learned to not do that again!

I also find these traits admirable in other people.

On the other hand, I am not a fan of free-loaders, blamers, or lazy bums. I don't like to be around them any longer than I have to.

I like being in control, doing what I want when I want, and not being told what to do. So, this has led me to the following way of life:

- Being my own boss

- Living alone (with Scarlett O'Hairy)

- Pursuing hobbies and interests that truly interest me

And I like it that way!

I have to admit that there are certain things I have absolutely no interest in doing.

I have no problem letting someone else do some things like

- fixing my car

- plumbing repairs

- removing a dead mouse or something icky like that

Imagine a tree, right there!
Imagine a tree, right there!

Do It Herself

The Nerve!

I took an oil painting class a few years back. I had no idea what I was doing, but we were supposed to be copying an oil painting that the instructor had painted in something like a hour.

I was tooling along painting in the sky and ground, totally clueless and the painting looked like it. I had admired her painting that we were supposed to be "copying." I knew that wasn't going to happen, but I asked the instructor how she painted evergreen trees. I liked the way hers looked and wanted to know how to do it.

So, what did she do? She took the paintbrush out of my hand and proceeded to paint a tree on my canvas! I was livid. I wanted to do it myself.

Photo source: ba1969 at

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Do It Yourself or Let Someone Do It For You?

Are you a "Do It Myself" kind of person?

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Do you have an "endearing" trait like my do it myselfness? Please share.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Undoubtedly, but my lack of interest in what others have to say about me prevents me from knowing what my most "endearing" traits are. ;)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I ask questions and answer them myself. I think it's probably super annoying to those around me.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Back to bless this lens and you.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Luckily, I'm a "do it myself kid" at removing snakes from the garden and desiccated bats from my attic (just yesterday). Otherwise, um, not so much. I have so little really free time that I like to do other things than cleaning. I have "people"...

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Wednesday-Elf: Independent. What a great word for it! Thanks for your kind comments!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anticloud: Glad to hear there are other "runts" who have the same trait. :o)

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I was the oldest of four and had to 'do it myself' AND 'do it for my younger 'sibs' for years, so became very independent very young. I think 'Myselfness' is a wonderful trait. :-)

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      anticloud 6 years ago

      I am the runt of my family - the very youngest of seven. Still, I ended up doing things for myself because everyone was too busy to do them for me. :) Thanks for the story. It was very entertaining.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Nancy Hardin: I imagine being youngest has something to do with this attitude, huh Nancy? I will have to track down some old photos.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I had to "do it myself" because all my siblings were grown and gone. I sure have made enough messes in my growing up years by doing it myself, but it helped me learn, even though it was the hard way! I think your lens is cute and funny! Put some pics of you as a little kid in here, and it will be all the better.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: Peacemakers are valuable! I don't think a photo exists but that would be a good one to add! I need to add a photo but need to find one with a gruff look to match the mood. ;o)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I was a middle kid (out of 6) so I'm the peacemaker. Wish there was a photo of you with your little broom.