Thursday, February 11, 2010

Writer's Workshop

I love Thursday's because that means it is Mama's Kat's writer's workshop.  What on earth would I write about if I didn't have her!  Today I chose 2 prompts.  They were all so hard to choose from, that I had a hard time even choosing just 2.  I chose:  A List of Do's and Don'ts and Tell Us About That Scar.

Do not stick a bobby pin inside of an electrical socket
Do not stick a 9V battery to your braces
Do not eat cocoa before it has been sweetened
Do not stick your tongue on a pole in the winter
Do not eat paste
Do not chew with your mouth open
Do not roll your eyes at your mother
Do not stomp your feet unless you are happy and you know it
Do not grab toys out of your siblings hands
Do not cut people off in traffic
Do not say mean things
Do not accept dares

Do eat chocolate at least 3 times a day
Do play on the computer
Do act silly in public places
Do take naps
Do watch mindless television
Do read a lot
Do write actual letters it's a lost art
Do pat yourself on the back once in a while
Do buy yourself a present every now and then
Do take time for yourself
Do be a true friend
Do laugh a lot
Follow these simple rules in life, and you will be a happy camper.

 Have you ever gotten a bruise that you have no idea where it came from?  And then everybody who sees it asks where you got it?  All you can do is shrug your shoulders and mumble an "I don't know."  That is me most of the time.  Right now I have a ginormous bruise on the back of my leg.  It is ugly, purple, blue and brownish.  I tripped on a scooter and the thing flipped up and hit my leg.  I guess I should be glad it was my calf and not my shin.  OUCH!    I have another ugly one on my hip.  It even has a scrap to go with it.  I have no idea where that one came from.  Although I am willing to bet, that when I hip checked whatever it was, I probably thought, "That will be a bruise!"  Scars, though are different.  We have a tendency to remember those.  I think it is because there is story behind each one.  

When I was about ten years old, I went with my friend to her dad's work.  While we were waiting for her mom to do whatever she needed to do--yeah back in the day when you could just run in--we ran around the truck chasing each other as kids often do.  Instead of being in a parking lot, it was loose tiny gravel and dirt.  Well wouldn't you know it, clumsy me munched it.  I scraped up my left knee pretty good.  It was dirty and bloody.  My friend's mom did her best to clean me up, but it really needed to be washed out.  After we got home, my mom did that.  Or rather, she tried.  You see, a lot of the tiny gravel bits had embedded themselves into my open flesh.  I remember her trying to pick them out.  There were some that just weren't coming.  What's a mom to do.  I didn't need a doctor.  It wasn't that bad.  I am a bleeder so yeah it was bloody.

Many years have passed and I still carry the mark from that day, complete with the little tiny bits of gravel and dirt that refused to leave my body.  I had a guy I worked with once call it "wicked."  I thought, ummm okay.  So I have a wicked cool scar on my knee all because I played chase with a friend on tiny loose gravel bits.  Maybe I should change my story.  Any thoughts?


mormonhermitmom said...

You hear about soldiers carrying a slug around for the rest of their lives, why not a bit of gravel.

I say you keep the "wicked cool" label.

Michael and Shelley said...

I like stories behind scars! It's proof that you actually lived and got scraped up as a kid. Good for you!

Melissa said...

I find the best way to teach my kids not to eat cocoa before it's been sweetened... is to let them eat cocoa before it's been sweetened :)

And by the way, my 6 year old is an Emily too!

Emmy said...

Love your lists! I used to always stick 9-Volt batteries on my tongue, never on my braces though :)

And I too always have bruises I have no idea where they came from

cat said...

yeah sis your a cluzt what can I say.

Tracie said...

I hated missing Mama Kat's today. I thought she had some good prompts!

I've got a scar on my knee too. No gravel in it. When I was a waitress, I fell on the wet floor, dropped a glass in the process, and my knee landed on the broken pieces.

Laura said...

Love your lists! And I hate when I get bruises and have no idea where they come from, happens to me all the time too.

Christina Lee said...

I love your do's and don'ts. I am a big bruiser too, what's THAT about!

KK said...

Love your lists and totally agree! I can never figure out where my bruises came from!

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

I'm a dork --- what happens with the battery???

Holly said...

A wicked cool rock! Yeah, you need a wicke dcool story to go with...maybe next weeks prompt?

I love your Do list!

You were ambitious!