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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Keep Your Pants Dry --CONTROL #GBE2



Control
For wee-little tots control means keeping your pants dry all day long, holding your temper when someone grabs your Tinker Toys, and not throwing the dishes into the bin just because that's what we do every day. I didn't mean to upset anyone. I was following rules. We put the plastic dishes in the toy chest at the end of the day. How was I supposed to know the girls had "special" permission to set them up in the case? I went on auto pilot pulling the plates off the shelf and putting them away until the teacher yelled at me and made me sit in the corner because I'd lost "control." At least I didn't wet my pants.

A few years after that, I lost control when the zoo lady skipped me when it was time to pet the snake. Everyone else got to touch it accept me, so I did what any little kid does: I cried. The teacher brought me into the office to touch the snake and I even got to see its cage. Then I got scared and wet my pants. (Just kidding)

Skipping a lot of years, I entered middle school where I could never control my mouth. How does anyone expect twelve-year-olds not to talk? Of course the only time I really got in trouble for talking was the time when it wasn't exactly my fault. I was honestly trying to get my work done in study hall, but Julie insisted on talking to me. She said, "I think Miss Fillipone is a good teacher."

I gave her a simple, "Ya."

Next Miss Fillipone yelled at me for talking! I laughed. I shouldn't have laughed, but it was funny. I got in stay-after-school kind of trouble while Julie, who laughed too, went unnoticed. Though angry at the unfairness of it all, I kept control in front of the teacher's desk. Didn't defend myself, didn't argue with her, didn't even look her in the eyes. At least I didn't wet my pants.

That sort of control,  not telling someone what you really think of them, has gone MIA in my adult life. In fact, it's my biggest problem. I tend to lose control and state exactly what's on my mind. It's the sort of thing that has gotten me in trouble with authority figures and makes my kids' boyfriends and girlfriends fear me. Really, I'm not a scary person--just an overly honest one who will blurt out the truth when everyone else is trying to hide it . . . but at least I don't wet my pants . . . unless on a roller coaster.

27 comments:

Jenn said...

I'm laughing~~ I can so relate to the out of control that comes with speaking one's mind. I have a tendency to do just that...and yes my childrens' friends think I'm that one mom they would never want to have...he he he...they just don't know the half of it.

Great post,
Jenn
http://www.wine-n-chat.com

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

Love this! I can relate. I ALWAYS got in trouble for talking in middle school and it was never me! It drove me crazy and when I tried to defend myself I'd get in even more trouble. Geesh! lol http://homesandbabies.blogspot.com

Kristen Wilkerson said...

Excellent perspective! It's something how when we get in trouble for something little that we didn't really do that we recall it vividly. I had that moment in fifth grade. Interesting!

Kate said...

There's a land full of people just like you: it's called New Jersey :)

www.kateescapenj.blogspot.com

Marian said...

I've always been very frank too so know whatcha mean... Learning discretion and to discriminate as to what and when to say it is important... I'm learning! LOL!

Cute blog!

Joyce Lansky said...

I'm sorry Kate. I would love to visit your blog but as a teacher, I will not click through adult content warnings.

D Ana said...

That's funny.

catchats said...

Funny post! Good to be honest, Joyce! There's enough pretense out there. I find it refreshing.

Glad you don't need Depends just yet. Just stay off that Roller Coaster. I know I'm going to do that.

klcmaher said...

Your posts are always so funny and thought provoking. I am here from voiceBoks I WILL Follow group, but I already follow. Now, I am also subscribed so I dont miss one post. Thanks for making my morning! I tend to be a little outspoken also. Dont apologize. The world needs more of us...we just need to find a kinder approach sometimes.

Claudia said...

Funny post, but still I do appreciate honest people, expecially the ones who don't wet the pants! LOL

Word Nerd said...

You are adorable! ♥

Tony Payne said...

Control is really hard, especially when you are young.

Mojo Writin' said...

*grin* That was a little piece of pure amusement. Laughed so much I wet my pants ;)

Rhonda at Laugh Quotes said...

Here is a thought - having the girl's boyfriends fear you may not really be a bad thing :)
Cute stories, although I am on your side, getting skipped to touch a snake would make any little girl cry.

Binky said...

Do I look fat in this avatar?

Kathy said...

That was hysterical!! I almost wet my pants reading it, actually had to make a bathroom run to pee in the middle of it. Just kidding! Great post!

Kathy
http://www.thetruckerswife.com/

Janene said...

Alas, the older I get the more trouble I have keeping my opinions to myself, too. I'm glad you can still keep your pants dry, though. Whenever my kids ask me to jump on the trampoline I'm in trouble. Who knew having three kids would wreak such havoc on the body!

Theresa Wiza said...

Very funny. One of our high school freshman counselors was named Mrs. Fillipi, so close to your teacher's name. I almost wet my pants when I read that ;)

My GBE 2 Control blog: http://myheartblogstoyou.blogspot.com/2011/06/issues-of-control.html

Jo said...

You are a hoot! Love your sense of humor and I can always relate to your posts. I was born without the 'filter' most people have that allows thoughts to run through the brain BEFORE exiting the lips.
Don't change a thing!

Steven said...

Loss of control over talking: they call that word vomit. Once it starts coming out there's just no stopping it. ;)

ResidentGamer said...

LOL at was hilarious! I (usually) have pretty good control over what flies out of my mouth. :)

Jul said...

Lmao this is great ;)

www.truealignment.org said...

Thank you! This was a hoot - speaking as someone who wet her pants in the public library at five years old, having been left alone by my Dad and too scared to ask for help. And happily, have found my voice since then!

OM and Blessings,

julie

beachlover said...

I enjoyed your humor! One of the hardest things to do is think before we speak. It's an art! lol! I'm still working on it!

Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

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Come check out my blog if you get a chance!

Langley said...

Hahaha, I always get a good laugh over here. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

LOL!! :-) I used to get in trouble for talking in school as well. One of the stories my family tells when walking down memory lane is of when I was in first grade and I talked so much the teacher put my desk next to the water bubbler - and I continued to talk! :-) Thanks for the laugh! :-)

Michelle