Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: Do I Have to?

Those four little words comprising the Sunday Scribblings prompt this week are what I hear from the mouths of my three children on a near constant basis. I've no doubt that I used them myself throughout my childhood, although I reckon I did so with less whinging and more fear of the repercussions of asking such a question. "Fear" if I were posing the question to my father, who could be counted on for a reaction of the not-so-nice kind whenever a child dared to "give him lip." Yeah, "do I have to" would have been perceived as such.

I have a theory that, as we age, we stop asking that question. As we become heads-of-household instead of mere minions-of-household, most things we do because, yeah, we have to. What's the point of asking the question when you know the answer? [Like right then: why did I ask that question when I knew the answer? Hmmmmm.]

I know, I know, you're wondering if I have to keep digressing.

Do I have to vacuum? Yeah, unless I want the dog's hair to form a natural-fiber carpet on the hardwood floors.

Do I have to hang the wash on the clothesline? Yeah, if I stand any hope of offsetting my incredibly large carbon footprint or my larger-still energy bill.

Do I have to take the dog for a walk every morning and night? Yeah, if I hope to have any chance of her not stalking me day-in and day-out.

Do I have to eventually intervene between Youngest and Daughter? Yeah, if I don't want neighbors calling Child Protective Services.

Do I have to ______________ (fill any household chore into the blank)? Yeah, if I expect to find a damn thing in the house after Youngest has "played" throughout it all day.

Do I have to tickle a child? Yeah, because their laughter tickles me beyond belief.

Do I have to end this post? Yeah.

10 comments:

mspennylane said...

I like this post. I guess we do have to just get on with it :)

Lucy said...

haha so true, Why ask that question when we are the ones we have to ask! great ppost.

danni said...

love the flavour of the ending about tickling a child - very whimsical!!!

keithsramblings said...

A lovely post - I didn't have to comment but I couldn't resist it!

Granny Smith said...

The truth that we all try to avoid! Yes, we have to do all those things that actually give us satisfaction in the long run. And we all have do a little tickling - and hugging, too, as seasoning for the main dish.

In other words, I really enjoyed your post.

DJPare said...

Love that tickle line! Great way to take a serious start regarding responsibility and then end it with a fun image!

Michelle said...

I loved this! So true! Isn't it funny how tickling a child makes you feel so good?

Zip n Tizzy said...

I guess we have our own version of "do I have to"... the one where we stare at the piles in our office for months and know how much better we'll feel when they're sorted and put away, and yet...
My kids seem to have completely skipped over the "why" stage, surprisingly, and are more or less in the "do I have to's"... yet for them, they express it by ignoring us, and pretending they haven't heard our requests.

Bubba's Sis said...

Bubba used to say the only things he "had" to do were pay taxes and die. And I guess you don't "have" to pay taxes, do you? Of course there are consequences to all that stuff you don't "have" to do. So yeah, you "have" to do them.

Sigh.

tumblewords said...

Love the tickle line! A nifty post!

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