Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Speaking of mind games

Thanks for your comments... I am glad to know that I am not the only one who likes to pull my kids' legs every once in a while.

When I was growing up, my sister (who is 5 1/2 years my senior) LOVED to do this one to me: cross her eyes and act like they were stuck.

Normally I didn't fall for her idiotic mind game. Well ok ... when I say "normally" I didn't fall for it after this one particular incident.

We were standing in our kitchen, and I suppose I was about 10 years old or so (maybe younger), and Mini Martha decided it was time to play the game. She crossed her eyes, and kept them that way. Then she started to panic, saying "oh my gosh! My eyes are stuck! Oh NO! Get Mom .... get her!!! My eyes are stuck! Mom was right!!!"

And my response? well, a blood-curdling scream, of course.

My Mom's response. She smacked ME in the face.

Me. Not my sister for teasing me.


But then, this is the woman who smacked my sister in the face when my sister came running into the house when she was 8 years old, screeching at the top of her lungs that she had fallen out of the tree. My mother had read somewhere that to bring a child out of hysterics was to smack them to shock the system.

It certainly shocked my sister's system. She fainted.

Because you see, my sister had broken her arm. And my mother has never lived that down, and she never will.

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Anonymous Robin said...

I totally can't picture Mary smacking anyone in the face..she is such a sweet woman.
I'll have to bring that one up the next time I see her!
ha ha!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

yep.... right across the mouth. That was her choice of location for spanking. She rarely did it, though.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Yikes. I think all parents have episodes where they overreact to their children's hysterics.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

MT... oh yes. My mother felt HORRID. She STILL fees horrid about it.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The "Mind" said...

And now the whole entire world has access to that story.

Pman's oldest sister was "flying him" (you know, holding his arms and spinning him around) when he was little...like 5 or 6. He started crying that his shoulder hurt. His dad grabbed that arm and lifted it up and down a few time until he screamed louder. Yep, dislocated shoulder. And yes, his dad still gets teased about it every now and again.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous kailani said...

I can't even imagine a Mommy doing that. It does paint a funny image, though.

6:08 PM  

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