Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why?

My sister Jenny and I are exactly 12 years apart--Mom once said I was Jenny's birthday present. I always thought getting a baby sister would be a cop-out birthday present, but apparently Jenny was okay with it.
As it happens, Jenny got married when I was 8. During Andy and Jenny's courting days, I, being curious, would ask them questions:
"Where are you going?"
"What are you doing?"
"What is your name?"
And the worst question of all:
"Why?"
For YEARS, Andy would harass me about how annoying I used to be. "You would follow us around and ask "WHY? WHY? WHY?" After a while, he would just laugh when I was around and say, "WHY? WHY? WHY?"
Do you remember this line?
"WHEN YOU GROW UP AND HAVE KIDS, I HOPE THEY ARE EXACTLY LIKE YOU!"
I think that the worst thing a parent can do to their child is curse them like that, but I can see why they do it...(I don't recall my parents every saying that to me, but maybe Andy said it in his head enough that it seeped in...).
The other day (yesterday actually, now that I think about it...or maybe it was Tuesday? Whatever...) I was trying to tidy up the house, and I called to Joshua,
"Hey, Josh, could you put your shoes away?"
What he said next made my blood boil.
"Why?"
"BECAUSE I SAID SO THAT'S WHY!!!!! NOW DO IT BEFORE I SPANK YOUR BOTTOM!"
"Oh," he said meekly, putting his shoes away.

*grumble*

I suppose I should take the charitable approach. I mean, if Heavenly Father reacted like I did each time one of His children asked "Why?" we would all be dead.
"Thou shalt not kill...okay?"
"Hmmm...why?"
"BECAUSE I SAID SO, THAT'S WHY!" ZAP! "IT'S YOUR OWN FAULT YOU ARE DEAD, SO YOU CAN STOP CRYING TO ME ABOUT IT!"
I am glad Heavenly Father isn't a vengeful god.
Some times I think of olden days when they used to stone disobedient children. I wonder what they were thinking?
"Hezikiah, put your sandals away."
"Why?"
Sigh..."You have forced my hand, Hezikiah. Out to the yard with you."
"What's going on, honey?"
"Just stoning our boy here. Nothing I can do about it, I'm afraid..."
"That's okay, we can always make another one. Could you pick up some cheese while you are out?"
Seems a little off...
LOL!

6 comments:

Rebecca said...

you are very strange... :)

outsm: "out with your son, ma!"

Zaphod said...

Teegeey-five, you are picking up some of your father's strangeness. Not a bad thing all in all.

Katscratchme said...

Audrey doesn't say "why" yet... we're finally weaning her off of saying "NO!!"

amy loo said...

You have caused some deep contemplation in me...

Trillium said...

This too shall pass! LOL

Melanie Ann Millett said...

I LOVE the way you write. You write the way I think!

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