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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: Does the Wheel Turn?
By David Butler


Dorothy looked dazedly at her five year old and shook her head in despair. Was she really such a hopeless mother? She just couldn’t get anything right.

“MUM! Don’t want vej-ables. I want Maccas!”

“MUM! Don’t wanna go on the swings at the park. It’s scary!”

“MUM! I wanna swing! How come all my friends at school got swings and I don’t?”

Harry patted his wilting wife on the shoulder comfortingly.

“Don’t worry, Doss-love. She’ll grow up in no time, and things’ll be a lot easier. You’ll see.”

“MUM! Why do I hafta go to church? It’s boring.”

“MUM! I’ll be late for Youth if you don’t hurry up!”

“MUM! You just, like, don’t iron a crease into jeans. How uncool is that?”

“MUM! You didn’t iron my dress right. Don’t you know I’m going to a formal?”

“MUM! I’m way overweight. Why do you, like, feed us so much junk food? It’s unhealthy!”

“MUM! Get off my case! I’ll get onto my homework when I’ve finished this level of the game.”

“MUM! Why didn’t you remind me that the Maths assignment’s due tomorrow. I’m so stressed out!”

Harry noticed that Dorothy was developing some premature grey hairs.
“Darl, how come you’re losing your looks already? What you need is a full time job -- then you’ll know what real worry is.”

One look at his wife’s face, and he stepped back a few paces, bewildered.
“What’d I do? What’d I say?”

Finally, the knight in shining armor arrived on the scene, and rode off into the sunset with the girl on his white … Mustang convertible. Dorothy felt like she was in heaven, only dealing with two troublesome teenagers. In time, both of them were married off too.
She fell into her armchair to enjoy a quiet afternoon nap. Then the phone rang.

“MUM! I can’t get Billy to eat his veggies. He only wants Maccas! He’s the most difficult kid ever. Why didn’t you warn me that parenting was such a headache?”

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Sara Harricharan 05/01/08
ROFL! I love that ending, poor, poor Dorothy. I'm sure she enjoyed her few moments, but this was hilarious for me, reading all the lines that began with "MUM!" Too funny! Great job. ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/04/08
Your title fits perfectly your creative "through the years" story of motherhood. Well done.
Peter Stone05/06/08
I've got to say, full points to the hubby for being Mister Insensitive by saying “Darl, how come you’re losing your looks already? What you need is a full time job -- then you’ll know what real worry is.” As if mothers have not experience real worry!
Dianne Janak05/06/08
Ahh.. loved that ending. There is justice in the turning of the wheel. Thanks for describing some of the impossible challenges of motherhood that no one can really get but Moms... GREAT work.. thanks...
Melanie Kerr 05/06/08
Why do mothers put up with such rudeness from husbands and children? I am not sure who i wanted to slap more - the child, the husband or the mother!
Myrna Noyes05/07/08
Yes, the wheel does turn, and it's "payback time" when our kids have kids! :) No wonder the mom had premature gray hairs! I think I got a few more myself just reading the girl's whining and complaints! :D
Debbie Wistrom05/07/08
Loved the turmoil of life in this fetching tale. Grat job. Poor MUM!
Dianne Janak05/08/08
David! What a marvelous surprise.... Commenting on this piece, I had no idea. LOVED the lesson here of the wheel turning and SOO TRUE! Bravo writing... !!