“Yes You’re Going. There’s a Nurse There.”


My Mom was  a walking encyclopedia of common sense.  I don’t know how many times I heard her say the words above when I felt sick and wanted to stay home rather than go to school. Or telling my grade school teachers, “If he misbehaves, make sure you punish him. Then call me and he’ll get it twice as bad when he gets home.”  Can you imagine a parent saying that today?  She’d be in court the rest of her life.

When we were kids,  Mom would take out her ‘wooden spoon’, wave it around, and let us know we’d meet the business end of it if we didn’t straighten up. She also told us the spanking would hurt her more than it hurt us but she’d have to do it because she loved us. We never doubted either premise for a second. Now – I never remember actually being spanked by the wooden spoon, but it wasn’t the worst punishment anyway.

The worst punishment was disappointing my parents.

Being sent to the principal’s office or getting a bad teacher’s note never resulted in any loud theatrics in our home. But the hurt looks and gentle shaking of my parents’ heads were enough to make me melt into the floor. A rotten report card was put on the kitchen counter to “talk about after dinner.” It sat there like a turd and I just picked at my food during those sad, quiet meals.

What was my Mom like? When the heavy duty discussion led by my Dad was finally over, she’d quietly say, “Let’s go back in the kitchen. I kept your dinner warm in the stove.”

3 Responses to ““Yes You’re Going. There’s a Nurse There.””

  1. Brenda says:

    Sounds like your mom was a very smart, loving woman. Although, I don’t tell my kids “Its going to hurt me more than you.” I’d be lying. I feel better knowing my consequences are much less severe than those they’d face in the real world. I pray very, very, very hard the lessons I teach them now will protect them later.

  2. Frank Paolo says:

    Brenda, something tells me they will.

  3. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    It amazes me the way that an awful lot of the time “Bad Kids” grow up to be real nice people and successes and the good kids–Oh I felt so sorry for my nephews being dressed in rich kids shorts shoes and hats- one’s spent 19 years in prison now- and how “Mom” used to get into it with other Mom’s about the deals the kids would make with the “I’m not gonna let your kid screw mine!” stuff. The crap they musta got when Mom wasn’t around. My Mom used to say Love is more important than anything else. It wasn’t until I was about 21 my Mom looked at me and said, “Joe, you were a rotten kid.” And then I rememberred when I was about 6-8 trying to blame things on my brother. And at about 10 finding out about a 14 yr olds right punch. And Now Obama wants us to “Die Quick” I guess to save money.
    That nut Dr. from the Army in Fort Hood? They came up and said he had been talking with Al Quaada? Was also an advisor of Homeland security and You guessed it.

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