"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:

  1. Anonymous8:04 AM

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

    chicken face

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  2. I can hear that nagging from here ~

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

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  3. Anonymous8:19 AM

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

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

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  5. 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

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

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  7. I thought of going vegetarian, too.

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  8. We've all heard those words in our youth!

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

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  10. I remember this warnings! Nicely posed!

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  11. 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

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

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  13. ha ha..I enjoyed this one

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

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  15. Very amusing...a lovely spread!

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  16. 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.

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

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

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  19. is that you Mom? Too funny!

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  20. Nagging is necessary! LOL ♥

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  21. Vwry bright and sprightly and cleverly refreshing, Kathe, thanks

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  22. 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!

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

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

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

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