How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #152

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The prompt this week is …that’s democracy… + 100 words

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Good Citizens

Sam rolled his eyes. Though his mother had confiscated the phone, his thumbs twitched in his lap. He squirmed in his seat.

“You can’t break the rules. Are you listening?”

His kneel jiggled. “Whatever.”

“Wrong answer.”

He exhaled a loud, drawn out sigh. “How come I gotta do everything you say?”

“Daddy and I are the government. You kids are the people.”

“You do anything you want!”

“We make the rules, feed and clothe you.”

“That’s democracy? Police state more-like.”

“One week: no phone or TV and straight home from school.”

“That sucks!”

“Good citizens make strong countries. One day you’ll understand.”

 

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

41 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #152

  1. My neighbor’s son is named Sam. This sounds familiar. 🙂

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  2. Good one, Tess. Straight to the point! Love your way with dialogue…Christine

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  3. I’ve had discussions very similar. I was called a totalitarian potentate just yesterday, I quickly went to look up exactly what that meant before continuing the discussion. lol
    Great one, Tess, very realistic. 🙂

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  4. That’s one of those kid-questions that can be hard to answer. I rarely reverted to ‘because I said so’, but when I did it worked. Probably because it was so rarely invoked!

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  5. Tess, i get the feeling you’ve had some practice. 😀 Effectively told.
    You’ve been busy today. Hugs.

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  6. great line …Good citizens make strong countries. Love your stories.

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  7. So real it is scary. Nice

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  8. Sounds like a tough ship Tess. As always your writing draws me in.

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  9. I can imagine similar issues, luckily phones weren’t big when my kids were that age!

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  10. Children can’t undersatnsd democracy. though sometimes looking at people how they behave, neither do I. ….A largue discussion…. Tessa, you haven’t answered me my letter I send you..¿¿¿..???

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  11. Oh yes I remember those days…

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  12. Very convincing and to the point 🙂 and I love the dialogue.

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  13. I guess parents always have the right to veto…:)

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  14. Hahahahahahahaha! Just a much improved version of “because I said so”!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahhahhaa! Well done Tess! 🙂

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  15. This sounds like it came straight from a true-life situation. 🙂

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    • Ha ha ha. No. When my daughter put me through the wringer, I DID have inspirational intervention as mothers do, but have never had a political bone in my body. I have no idea how Mom and Dad became the ‘government’. Totally stumped, I scrambled for ideas. I thought this one ‘different’ and went for it out of despairation. 😀 😀 😀

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, merrildsmith. Nice to see you. ❤

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      • I’ve been busy reviewing my copyedited manuscript, so I’ve missed some blog posts over the last couple weeks. Now just back to “regular” work. 🙂

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  16. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Tess Karlinski completed two challenges yesterday one that I set her and her usual Wednesday 100 word challenge. This is a must for parents and the citizens of tomorrow. Great job Tess

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  17. No kid of mine is going to vote me out of office. In my house I am the generalissimo of a banana republic.

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  18. I love your imagination, Tess! The scene you created together with the dialogue between ‘Sam’ and his mother is terrific. Every child has important lessons to learn. Great job. Wonderful writing as always! 🙂

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  19. Wonderful as always. Xxx

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  20. Ha! So true. Great dialogue Tess 🙂

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  21. Great Tess!I remember the days of being called a tyrant, empress of the house, and the who died and made you King!

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  22. Well done, Tess! Good citizens make strong countries – loved that line! ❤

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  23. I miss doing these over at limebirds, remember those? I liked your story, well I’ve lived that, so this was very real and SO like a kid! lol lol

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  24. Poor Sam, he will never last. Good one Tess.

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  25. Great job Tess! 🙂 You hit the nail with this one. It sounds like experience talking.

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  26. Although the idea of one week of no artificial stimulation is a good one, do you really think kids today would abide by this ‘rule’? :/

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    • They do in my daughter’s household. The kids have had their toys taken away more than once and they now accept this ‘punishment’ without whining because the parents are firm. I don’t know about other homes. It’s harder to stay firm than to give in when a kid constantly whines and complains as they sit out their time. 🙂

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  27. I like this because it rings so true!

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  28. Thanks so much, Laura. I guess kids’ attitudes haven’t changed much. ❤

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  29. To the point, and great lesson! 🙂

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  30. It’s easier to cave but you must hang on to your resolve or they’ll eat you alive and you’re not doing them any favors.
    I called it boot camp without the boots. 😀

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  31. Liked your story. Very true indeed. Brings back memories of my daughter when she was 12-13 and thought she was too old to have to follow the rules anymore. LOL, now she has a 3 and 6 yo and has her hands full. 🙂

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  32. Thank you for your kind words, Susan. After my daughter had her kids, they gave her grief as well. She looked me straight in the eye and sighed. “I guess this is payback,” she said. 😀 😀

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