Saturday, October 3, 2009

I only have so many stories - rerun

My children have chided me for retelling my stories. I always have the same response and frankly it is a pretty good one. “Now kids - a man has only so many stories and some are worth only telling once but there are those others that are worth telling over and over, so be quite and listen.”My kids were shaking their heads as I retold them the story of how their mother put the hustle on me before we were even dating. They rolled their eyes – ‘there goes dad again. Does he not get it that he has told us this story before?’
You see. I was a catch. I mean it has to be true or why would she put the moves on me? I mean, that is just plain logical.” My son blabbered out. “Dad! We know the story and we are not going to believe it this time either. There is no way mom put any moves on you. I mean look at mom and look at you, does that make any sense at all?”
My oldest daughter pipes in, “Yeah dad, you just said be logical, oh my goodness! And, besides mom would never do that.” Perception is reality as they say.
Do you remember the days when your kids believed you? When they ran to meet you at the door, screaming daddy, daddy, hugging your neck? You could tell them anything and they would believe it. Those were the days.
Continuing on with my story - “Excuse me? You just ask your mother, she will totally agree with me. So, do you mind if I continue?” She shook her head like I was crazy and began laughing. My son had put his head down ignoring me and began to work on his grill cheese sandwich. My oldest and son have many of the same thinking patterns. But my sweet, wonderful youngest daughter, she was also smiling but her smile was different, kind of dreamy like. “Dad, tell the story! I love it!” See how sweet she is?
If truth be told I believe all my children love hearing this story. What child does not want to hear the love story of their parents? Of course they do!
Well, I bet you are all dying to hear this story too. But a blog has to be kept short and I just don’t have the space.
You can catch the story at:
Lightning Flashed and Thunder Rolled


Ashley said...

So its true...Its not just my dad...Btw I have this irritating (hope so) habit of telling him "fast forward please", every time he insists on narrating the same old story again, for the nth time..... :)

As the Mind Meanders said...

You have nice children... at least they don't start running away when the first word is uttered...

Arkansas Patti said...

Ok, I haven't heard it before and am tempted so I will go catch the rerun now. Just don't ask me to do it again next week :)

Rose said...

DAD? IS THAT YOU? Just kidding. Oh boy, I heard a few stories over and over and over. But now that my dad is gone, I would love to be able to hear them again. You are right your kids do love hearing those stories, they just may not know it yet.

Arkansas Patti said...

I don't believe it. I had read that story before but enjoyed it again. I am sure just like your kids.

Anita Jeyan said...

Atleast they asked you for the story..! Believed it or not..! Cute children :-)

Sylvia K said...

Glad you have great kids that listen whether intently or not! I'm blessed in that way, too, but I do try to keep my stories to a minimum -- with my memory these days I can't be sure which ones I've told or how frequently I've repeated them!

Have a great weekend -- with lots of stories!


Debra said...

Yep, my husband suffers from that same syndrome. Must be in the male DNA! I've read that story and I must's worth retelling!
Blessings GQ

Bill S. said...

I haven't read it before. Reminds me of my favorite uncle. Thanks

Hilary said...

My older son lets me get about five words into the story when he interrupts with "Yeah, I know." My younger son is much kinder. He smiles at me, gives me an encouraging nod or several, and listens intently - until I notice that he's connected to the iPod with his earbuds - and he's just head-banging.

Pat said...

I'm currently trying to see through the tears in my eyes...age does that, it couldn't be emotions! I read the rerun and it could have been our story. When I married my husband 43 years ago we had about the same hope for our future!
You're blessed with a wonderful have become very wealthy, in the most important way.

Michele Mallory-Davidson said...

I am in the stage of life where my kids are doing the eye rolling thing, but at the same time finding a special comfort and contentment when my own parents lauch into one of those stories, feeling so blessed that they are able to tell them again for the nth time! It has come full circle, I am again that little girl hanging on their evey word! I even find myself steering the conversation so that they will have to tell one of their stories! I hope for the day my girls do the same!

Grayquill said...

Ashley: I feel that way when a story has details that don’t matter to the story. But! You might hear something could happen. I am glad you listen.

Mr. Mind: Hmmm…is that why I used to find them hiding? I will have to think about that :)

Arkansas Patti: Excuuuusssseee me. Okay, it’s a deal.

Rose: I am sorry about your dad! That is nice!

Arkansas Patti: Now why would you ask me to not do something you enjoyed? I am so confused.:)

Anita: Well they used to be cute; now they are just grown self sufficient adults who are making their own stories. I hope their memories are better than mind.

Sylvia: Yes, that speaking less and listening more does seem to work out better for us.

Debra: Male DNA? Could be –but you ladies still seem to like us – - - - - - - I think.

Bill S.: Favorite uncle – I hope his stories are good ones.

Hilary: Wire cutters – that’s the IPod solution. The older one? Hmmm…. I got nothing. You could try waiting until he is in his 40’s he might come around by then. A bit discouraging? Sorry!

Pat: 43 years – A lot happens in that amount of time. We find opportunities, we mature, we build and, yes, they are good times. Every day builds upon the last – sometimes that is positive and sometimes not so positive. In the end it is a life with thousands of choices that now reap both a reward and regret. I am sure you could speak to that with wisdom. Congrats on 43 years.

Michele: Do your kids listen to their grandparents stories? I think there is great value in that. Each stage of life has its own specialness. Hang in there I have a feeling you will get your wish.

Tall Guy said...

Yeah that happens, I have heard many stories that was retold and often make it a point to clear my doubts so that I know how the events took place!!

Blunt Edges said...

in my family, both my mom n dad have the habit of retelling stories in front of guests...the problem is that the "stories" are normally embarrassing follies of my childhood!

Grayquill said...

The Survivor: We wouldn't want the facts to get all mixed up would we? Besides it is probably very important that whne you tell the story you get it right.

Blunt Edges: I say to that - Stop being so embarassing.
Problem soloved. You kinda got what you deserved. HA HA :))