Saturday, August 02, 2008

Awwww, Do I Have To?

For Sunday Scribblings:

Certain requests are often met with the response, “Do I have to?” Some examples:

Clean your room.
Do your homework.
Practice your instrument.
Take a bath.
Brush your teeth.
Turn the television/game system off.
Go to bed.

Yes, you have to!

Why?

Because I’m the mom, and I said so. (That should be good enough.)
Because it will make you a better person.
Because I know what’s best for you (and me).
Because every day, we do things we don’t really want to do because we HAVE to. It’s part of life. It’s part of growing up. It’s part of becoming or being a responsible adult.

There is no getting around doing some of the things we do. The laundry, the grocery shopping (which I loathe), cooking, cleaning, and going to work. I don’t always want to, but I have to. It’s my job. I’m a parent.

Do I have to? Yes, I do.

18 comments:

Just Jen said...

naw, take off for a month...LOL
I wish!
You completely got my post and I thank you! I was hoping the point was coming across. You must be a mom! ;)
Now I'm off to my one son to bed...(shuffling feet)....do I have too?

Just Jen said...

it should read 'to PUT my one son to bed'
sorry, I have APD...that's my excuse for the week...LOL
(I really do have it but usually I reread and I didn't-no detention please???)

Granny Smith said...

So true! And there are so many other "have to"s that we can add that are about our responsibilities to leave a better world for our children. Your post is both true and amusing at the same time.

tumblewords said...

For sure - some days are just full of 'oh, no - I have to AGAIN.'

Lucy said...

This is so funny Diane! I almost made that exact same list!!! Instead I went with my perspective but we are so on the same page! VERY excellent prompt!
thanks for your nice comment ♥

Lucy said...

i meant- POST

Michelle said...

My favorite line to your post - "Why?" sometimes I still ponder why I had to do all the things I had to do, and why I continue to do some of them... with the exception of personal hygiene; as an adult I totally understand the importance of brushing my teeth!! :D

anthonynorth said...

Some days you just got to.
Ah, duties, duties, duties ...

ratanong said...

I lazed around sometime. That way, I can procrastinate till my wife jumped at me. "Get out of you butt and do some housework!" Yes, we have to else the home would be infested with a thousand cockroaches. Neat and nice post! Well Done!

latree said...

I don't like 'because I said so'
will they listen if you give them the real reason?
*hard to be a mom, sigh!*


I haven't done an SS this week. feeling so lazy to... :(

keithsramblings said...

Even at 60 my um is STILL telling me what to do!

Rambler said...

yeah you could take offf..but can we escape chores? tough isn't it :)

danni said...

how often did i hear, "because i said so!" when i had exhausted all the rest of the arguements??? --- motherhood has a universal language, doesn't it??? - great post!!!

Jennifer Hicks said...

how true! well put!

Nita Jo said...

Loved the responses! Classic "momisms" and I think I've used them all.

Goddess Diana said...

Thanks for stopping by. You know, it takes a Goddess to know a Goddess, tee hee.

Thanks for your sharing.

"Because I'm the mom, and I said so. (That should be good enough)" - that always riled me as a response. Drove me to major rebellion when I was a teenager. Tee hee.

Wishing you,
Peace & Love, Just Because,
Goddess Diana

Suma said...

classic mom comments ...i use them and i still hear them...

sigh...

byrningbunny said...

I'll do your grocery shopping if you do my dishes!

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