"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Sunday, June 03, 2012

Magpie 120-Nag nag nag....

Some mothers have said:

"Elbows off the table
I'm not amused
Eat your veggies
Eat your fruit
NO!
 You're not excused

Finish your dinner
Clean your plate
Use your fork
Don't waste food
NO!
You cannot stay up late

Think of all the starving children
In Kuwait
In China
In India
NO!
Sit up straight"


Meanwhile the child is thinking:
"Thank god we're vegetarians
Just think how I'd look if I ate meat....
hmmm that could be neat...."



Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this challenging image
by Klaus Enrique Gerdes
and to see what other folk's have come up with go here:
http://magpietales.blogspot.com/ 

27 comments:

zongrik said...

actually the question your main character asks has been answered by the same artist:

chicken face

Grace said...

I can hear that nagging from here ~

Its unusual for a child to be vegetarian but no harm in starting it early ~ Enjoyed this ~

undercaws.com said...

Hee hee! Who knew a list of admonitions could be so fun. ;)

Tess Kincaid said...

No you're not excused...oh how many times did I say that?

Brian Miller said...

Ha. My mom used to pretty much sat the same…err the thought of the meat person, though closer to reality is a bit disturbing…smiles

Kathe W. said...

Brian- my mother used to call me er little lamb chop!

Laurie Kolp said...

I thought of going vegetarian, too.

Rinkly Rimes said...

We've all heard those words in our youth!

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL Very fun take on the pic.
Nag, nag, nag....right Hehe

Tumblewords: said...

I remember this warnings! Nicely posed!

Catfish Tales said...

Hahaha! How zany you are.
Having raised my two boys vegetarian I shake my head at how much they appear to get into meat. One's a body builder; and, yet, the other, I think has no problem switching back and forth. Perhaps this parent has made some dent. One never knows, eh? ;~D

kez said...

Love the flow of this ...veggie ...nahhh give me steak at least once a week !

Suz said...

ha ha..I enjoyed this one

izzy said...

Oh I heard that litany! my my
best forgotten, but handy when you are out in public!

Lyn said...

Very amusing...a lovely spread!

gautami tripathy said...

Loved it. The end lines are SO good..!!

borrow my eyes, borrow my ears

Helen said...

Kathe, I believe you hit on every warning my dear Mother gave me! I had to sit at the table one night for over two hours until I finished my peas ... I still remember that. What my mother didn't know is that I wrapped them up in my paper napkin, went to the bathroom and stashed them under the claw foot tub! I guess she did realize it later, never said a word. Didn't have to eat peas ~ ever again! Of course, today I love them.

Sue said...

This was fun!

=)

Carrie Burtt said...

I remember those lines at the dinner table back in the 60 and 70s.....love this Kathe! :-)

Linda said...

I love the way you rhymed the nagging. A very artistic approach to raising healthy, polite children. Thank you for sharing the memories. =D

Karen S. said...

is that you Mom? Too funny!

Jinksy said...

Nagging is necessary! LOL ♥

Kutamun said...

Vwry bright and sprightly and cleverly refreshing, Kathe, thanks

Lydia said...

Wow, this does not make me miss childhood!!! We, unfortunately, were not vegetarians and I was forced to finish all my beef (which I hated). I would chew and chew until all the juices were out of the chunk, unable to swallow, tears running down my face. Gag, no wonder I quit eating red meat over 35 years ago!

signed...bkm said...

vegetarian is good...eat those greens..and you won't be mean...bkm

Bee's Blog said...

It certainly means that the famous words, 'all joints on the table will be carved' are not part of the usual nagging!

Stafford Ray said...

Loved this and suffered every phrase. But I still wonder how my eating so much helped a starving Biafran!