What Would Mom Say? – SoCS

Welcome to Saturday. It’s been a busy week, but we’re at the bar and we’re about to settle into some relaxing conversation and an adult beverage or two. We might even have something to eat. While we’re at it, we’ll try to deal with Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘stick.’ Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”

If we were having a beer, you’d be reminiscing.

“Good afternoon, Cheryl. The drinks are on me today, so pour Dan a Modelo and set me up with a John Howell’s Bourbon Special.”

“Coming right up, David. What’s the occasion?”

“I lost a bet.”

“With Dan? You guys betting on baseball?”

“No, I bet him that he wouldn’t be able to contribute three stories to his own writing challenge.”

“OK, here’s your bourbon. Dan, congratulations, here’s your beer. But I thought you’ve only written two stories.”

“That’s true, Cheryl, but he’s giving me credit for ‘The Inyan Beacon’ my collaboration with Teagan.”

“I see.”

“Dang, Cheryl. What the heck is this thing?”

“It’s called a swizzle stick, David. I’m sure you’ve seen one before.”

“I’ve seen them, I’ve just never stabbed myself with one.”

“You’re not supposed to stick it in your tongue, you’re supposed to pull the cherry off like a kabob.”

“I know that. My tongue got in the way.”

“Careful, David. You could put an eye out with that thing.”

“Imitating my mother isn’t going to help, Dan.”

“Haha, that was an old favorite.”

“Yes, along with ‘your face is going to freeze like that,’ and other unbelievable warnings.”

“You boys want anything to eat. Dan, it’s your chance to get David to buy a pizza.”

“I think we will, but with the second round of beer.”

“OK. David. I would have thought you would have only given Dan partial credit for the story with Teagan.”

“He knows I have a story scheduled for Monday. Cheryl.”

“Still, he could have put this off for a week.”

“He also knows that we’re having a guest next week.”

“David? Is that true? Are you giving Dan credit to avoid having to pick up a larger tab?”

“The thought had occurred, Cheryl. But, for the record, I did make this bet only with Dan.”

“I get it. Who’s the guest?”

“I don’t know. Dan, who’s our guest next week?”

Pete Springer.”

“Oh cool!”

“Pete Springer? The ‘Call me mom’ guy?”

“It’s not a directive, David. He’s an author. His book is called ‘They Call Me Mom.’ He was a teacher.”

“I see.”

“David, there are still eleven days left in the Thursday Doors Writing Challenge—you could join us.”

“Me? Write a story or some poetry?”

“Yes, David. Lots of people you know have already contributed.”

“If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump off too?”

“They call Pete, mom, David. We don’t need to resurrect all the mom-isms.”

“You guys ready for that second round?”

“We are Cheryl, and a pizza. Pepperoni and onions, please.”

“Peperoni and onions, David. Why that combination?”

“Because I said so, that’s why.”

“Spoken like my own mom. When I drop crumbs all over the bar, are you going to ask me if I was born in a barn?”

“I always wanted to turn that one back on my mom. You know, like, ‘Weren’t you there?’”

“That would have surely resulted in a ‘Wait ‘til your father gets home’ moment.”

“You guys still in the sixties?”

“It would seem so, Cheryl.”

“Well, here’s your pizza. I’ll get the drinks. Remember, eat your crusts and your hair will go curly.”

“Just what I need, Cheryl, an actively retreating curly hairline.”

“I wouldn’t worry, Dan.”

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  1. Looking forward to the visit, Dan. My compliments on your drink selection. Believe it or not, I was sitting at the computer looking through my email and drinking a Modelo when I came to this post. It feels like the beginning of a Twilight Zone episode.

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  2. Good morning Dan I like the way you worked stick into the post today …poor David probably didn’t enjoy it as much!
    I am looking forward to meeting Peter next week…
    The photos as ever look great …that pizza looks tasty too!
    Have a good week and say hi to Cheryl for me please 💜

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  3. Couldn’t sleep so I’m reading your post very early. My favorite pizza combo is pepperoni and black olives w/extra cheese! I used to eat it with jalapeños too, but no more. I hope David contributes to your challenge, I’m thinking on it.

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  4. There’s nothing like a side of snark to go with breakfast! Thank you for starting my day right. Very sorry to see that amazing white lilac fade for the year, but happy to glimpse a bit of the trestle through the summer trees. As for mom-isms, I have to wonder if all moms went to some Mom School that taught those. Did all our moms say the exact same thing? Of course, as a mom, I never did.

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    • We try to keep sarcasm and snark on tap here, Maureen. I might be able to snag a few more photos of the lilacs, and, if I stop in just the right place, I should be able to see the trestle. Now you know why you see it so often in the winter. I think all the moms attended that school because I heard some of those expressions from friend’s moms. It seemed like everything on earth was designed to put my eye out. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  5. “I brought you into this world and I can take you out” and “How do you like them apples?” The last one she used after having doled out a punishment. My mom didn’t beat around the bush!

    I’m sure that bunny thinks he’s totally hidden! Yes, we need rain, but at least the park is taking care of business. We’re due for some rain later today.

    Old Glory, the sunbeam and a reflection. Perfect!

    The Beauty of Moscow Lilac is still beautiful.

    Enjoy the weekend Dan.

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    • Ha ha – moms – they certainly created a reputation with those sayings. I remember your first one, said like she had some divine permission.

      We’ve had a hawk soaring overhead for the past week. I think that bunny needs to get better at hiding, or go back to eating at night.

      I’m glad you like the flowers and flag, Ginger. Thanks for the visit and for adding a couple of mom-isms. I hope you have a nice weekend.


  6. The mom-isms were great. Always with the ‘just wait until your father gets home’–so funny/awful to hear most all of us got that one.
    Is the cat a new one? He doesn’t look like the ‘Theo’s cousin’ cat you used to see.
    Looking forward to the visit from Pete next week. That is such a great title for a book by a teacher. Enjoy the weekend, Dan.

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    • I think all our moms were reading from the same book, Lois. The cat isn’t new, but she’s usually inside. That woman has more cats than you do, and she still takes in strays. I’m looking forward to Pete’s visit, too. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  7. Wow, that pizza looks great. The rest of the photos look terrific as well. I also wondered where the swizzle stick came from. Glad David got it under control. Good job on the prompt, and thanks for the mention. Loved the Mom warnings.

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  8. Swizzle sticks can be hazardous!
    Those maple seeds are all over my front lawn… Actually, many have already sprouted. They are worse than dandelions!


  9. That pizza looks righteous, Dan. I love Mom-isms but sometimes ours bordered on the emotionally damaging, like breaking up a fight with, “What if one of you died tomorrow and these were the last words you spoke?” Hence my repulsion to conflict. 🤦‍♀️ Looking forward to the guest next week. I want to find time for another submission to the writing challenge. Stay tuned…

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  10. LOL! My Mom said all those things to me and my siblings, but if I came back with a witty retort that would get me grounded for a week or more depending on how bad/ or snotty the retort was.
    Let’s just say there was a period of my life that my mouth landed me in my room and grounded for what seemed like half a year. I call that period, ” making it easier for my parents and myself to let me go when the time came to move out.” 😂

    It looks so lush and green there! It is here too but with lots of water from the melting snow.


  11. Hi Dan, this is a most entertaining post. My mother said many of these things. I have repeated some, but not the obviously ridiculous ones like the curly hair one. I have managed to write to poems for your challenge and will post them later today or tomorrow.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed this, Robbie. I am very happy that you will be joining the writing challenge. I’ve missed a lot of posts this month, but I’m trying to catch up.


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