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Now You Didn't Want to Make Daddy Mad...

Updated on March 15, 2012

My two older brothers had already taken a vote, and I had lost...

One of my fondest remembrances as a small child was my two older brothers telling me, “you don’t want to make dad mad…” Of course I didn't want to make him mad, rather, I use to love to hear my dad laugh out loud, we were ‘buddies’, my dad and I. Now he had to work at night so I would sleep in his bed each night just to keep it warm for him. I can remember that in the mornings after he got home from work, he would just call my name as he entered the room and I would wake up. Often times on the way home he would buy me a bag of popcorn from the newsstand on the corner, but mom wouldn't let me have that until after I finished my breakfast. Sometimes though, I would sneak a little taste.

Jim and Jack, where my brothers and when I was around the age of 10, I remember they told me that I was suppose to do the mowing. They reminded me that dad like the yard looking neat and they had already taken a vote on the job and I had lost…’ I told them I didn't know what that meant but they assured me it was all proper and legal. Since they both went to high school I just figured they were right about most things.

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"mowing makes muscles..."

Now the old mower was heavy and it took all my strength to just push it, but Jack assured me that was how he had built up his muscles. Jack liked to take his shirt off in the summer and suck in his stomach. When I tried that I couldn’t breathe. I remember he did that whenever he would see a pretty girl, sometimes he would wink at her and she would smile at him.

Jim and Jack both liked girls but I didn't have much use for them. They both said that would change; besides, I was more interested in keeping my dad happy. We were ‘pals,’ dad and me. I told him that I could mow the yard better if we had one of those gasoline-powered mowers but he just laughed and said, “Maybe next year.” Jim & Jack were laughing too.

“You don’t want me to have to get up from here...”

That next spring dad did get one of those new, gas powered, self-propelled mowers. I thought the old reel type hand mower was heavy; this mower weighed a lot more. Guess what? It pulled itself; all I had to do was to keep up with it. Eventually I got the hang of it and could mow the whole yard in one day- that gave me more time to play and being a typical boy I like to play. I can remember that one time I started playing before I finished the mowing. Boy that was a mistake, because I heard daddy say something I had never heard him say before. When asked about it, I said that I would finish the yard the next day that my friend Vincent and I wanted to ride our bikes after supper. We had already planned to ride down to Steeles Creek and catch some crawdads, but dad had already said that the yard must be cut today. I don’t think I was able to convince him of the importance of that bike ride with Vincent, or maybe he was just getting’ a little fed up with me trying to put it off until the next day. He calmly laid his paper down and looked me straight in the eye and said. “You don’t want me to have to get up from here.”

I knew from past experience that now was not a good time to dicker with him, I just quickly slipped down the back steps and got the mower out and finished the yard I had started a couple days before…

© 2010 SamSonS

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    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Rebecca...

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      Rebecca E. 

      7 years ago from Canada

      still puts a smile on my face when I read this... keep up the great work!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks poetvix, for your visit, your friendship and your refreshing comments...

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      poetvix 

      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This was wonderul and brought back memories of my own dearly departed father who was also a man you did not want to "make mad" though an adorable one too. Thank you for the gift of memories called up.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Cheeky Girl, and welcome to my circle of friends...

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Alas I have no siblings and so I often wonder what it would be like. The comment "you don't want to make your father mad" is effectively your brothers telling you to conform to something. A gentle play or familial manipulation. I guess all families do that at some point. Interesting hub! I enjoyed reading this!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks advisor4qb, nice to see you here...

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      advisor4qb 

      7 years ago from On New Footing

      Voted up!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks MakeMoneyGoal, for your friendship, for visiting my page and for your nice comments...

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      James Flynn 

      7 years ago from Edinburgh

      voted up btw!! :-)

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      James Flynn 

      7 years ago from Edinburgh

      Hi Samsons, great hub. Made me think of my Dad who passed away some5 years back. It's funny how things bring back memories. Keep on hubbing buddy and thanks again.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Money Glitch, for your nice comments...

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Samson, I don't have older brothers however, boys will be boys. :) Awe the wonderful ole push mower brings back memories. Thanks for sharing and making me smile. :) Thumbs up!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks General, so good to hear from you, I was getting a little worried...

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Good thing you have two brothers you could've enjoyed well your childhood... I was never been close to my elder brother thats why I do my best to have a great friend to compensate for that... Thanks for the share my friends...

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Granny's House, for you visit, your rating and for joining my circle of friends...

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      This is my first time here. Loved the story. Will rate up and become a follower

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Rebecca E, good to hear from you and your comments...

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      once again well written and put a smile on my face, I don't have brothers but i can imagine they would play tricks on you! great job!

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