A Good Ol’ Scolding

Parenthood is full of scolding….

“Why on earth would you stick a crayon up your nose?”

“What would make you think it was okay to draw all over your body with black marker?”

I am a master of finger wagging and dramatic, guilt-ridden tones.

The other day was no different. A good scolding was handed out. However, this time I was on the receiving end. My 5 year old son, Bency, proved he has what it takes to dish out a good ol’ what for?

It started when I got a call from Bency’s teacher. She said Bency was complaining he had a stomach ache, was tired and just wanted to lay down at 10 o’clock in the morning. I told her I would be right there to pick him up from school.

I retrieved Bency from school, gave him a big hug and said, “Hey little Buddy, what’s wrong? Are you feeling sick?”

Instead of melting in my arms and seeking the comfort that motherhood has to offer he stepped back and began his little tirade:

“This is your fault. I am so tired. You kept me up all night with your slurping.” Can you picture the finger wagging at me with the scrunched up eyes and pursed mouth that went along with this?

I stood there dumbfounded with my mouth agape trying to figure out what he was talking about.

He went to explain further:

“I heard you last night. I heard the blender going. I know you and Daddy had smoothies after you tucked me in. Then you kept me up all night slurping away.”

Can you hear my exasperated sigh? Can you picture me standing there at a complete loss for words wondering if he truly just said that?

The truth of the matter is; after we had the kids all tucked in bed, my husband did in fact bust out the blender. They were actually milkshakes that he made using vanilla ice cream and crumbled up Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. They were so good. Trust me they were so delicious that I think I had it gone in 5 minutes. As for the slurping….well of course there was slurping. Something that good you want to make sure you have every last drop.

I think the real culprit was Daylight Savings Time. Bency had a hard time with the adjustment. Instead of pointing this out to him, I just hung my head and promised I would not keep him up all night with my slurping ever again. I added an eye roll and dramatic sigh that every good scolding needs at the end.


44 responses

  1. That is totally something my daughter would’ve said, except honestly she would’ve gotten up and ran into the kitchen to see what we were eating without her. 🙂 She’s had trouble adjusting to Daylight Savings Time, too.

  2. My God you scared me at first when you started with the -you kept me up all night with your slurping- I know that mindbender man you married has some sweet music that he listens to.

  3. Oh my golly this is PERFECTLY adorable! Can you imagine the scolding you would have received had he known it WAS ICE CREAM AND COOKIES SHAKE!!!! I might have to tell him…..

    Oh geez look at that little face.
    GREAT post! 🙂

  4. Hahahaha – that is great! It is apparent that he learned from the best when it comes to handing out the scoldings. And for shame for all that loud late night slurping!

  5. What a great story! Love that Bency!

    My daughter also had some kind of radar when she was younger. Once, my husband brought home pizza late at night and we ate it without her. The next morning she found the box and announced, “I knew someone was eating pizza last night without me. I just knew it! I thought I was crazy or having some kind of weird dream, but I swore that I smelled it!” She was, maybe, 6 at the time. For AT LEAST a year she would look at us suspiciously, prior to going to bed, — you know, all narrowed eyes and finger wagging— and say, “You’re not going to have pizza without me, right?” LOL!

    I wouldn’t have had the nerve to “bust out the blender”!

    • haha!!! That’s so funny! Yeah, we’re going to have to put that blender to rest for awhile. I don’t think I can bear another tongue lashing from him…I’ll just have my husband run to Dairy Queen from now on late at night!!

  6. Hahaha! Too cute! If he only knew they were milkshakes! I just love those thin mint Girl Guide cookies. Oh, I have got to make a shake with those and slurp it all up!!! Thanks Melissa.

  7. Bency, I agreed with being kept up all night by a Blender, and aroma of Smoothie. My favorite homemade drink is smoothie especially Strawberries. Maybe next time the sounds might be during your playtime, lol. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  8. ha!ha! I’m laughing right now and I can’t stop! Your Bency makes me laugh! I can imagine your face when he those words came out of his mouth! ha!Ha! too funny! Hmm! the milkshake must have been very good! 🙂 Bency’s picture; too cute!

  9. Fix that boy a milkshake! Your concoction sounds good. I think a little shot of Bailey’s would make it ideal. For you, though, not for Bency.

    I’m with Bency – this time change has been kicking my behind.

    BTW, where has Mr. Mindbender been?

    • haha!!! I definitely won’t be giving Bency any Bailey’s…I can’t imagine what he would be like lacking inhibitions! But that does sound good…for me! I keep asking Mr. Mindbender what is up with his lack of blogging and he said he hasn’t felt inspired or he’s too busy! I remember when he used to give me flack when I didn’t post for a few days…..I think he finally understands how time consuming it is!

  10. Oh my goodness!! That is too hilarious. I feel as though that is totally something I would have said as a kid. I know I’ve said it before, but Bency is absolutely adorable. And it does give me pause just how much he looks like my husband when he was a wee lad! Mind boggling I say! x

  11. Oh bless you – you’ve lightened things up for me today beautifully, mum! 🙂

    Oh bless you – so funny 🙂 🙂

    You’ve made my day!

  12. Ha! Leave it to Bency to put you in your place! I’m sure the real culprit was the time change. It’s been a brutal adjustment for us too. As for that milkshake, I wish you could send me one through cyberspace. For some reason, I’m really enjoying milk based drinks during this pregnancy. And your creation sounds absolutely delicious! 🙂

    • Anka, I would definitely send you one if I could! It’s funny you should mention that craving because just last week I was cleaning out my kitchen cupboards and found a bottle of Malted Milk Powder. I only ever bought that when I was pregnant. It was the one thing I could usually keep down! Other than being pregnant I have never drank that! I realized it was obviously time to throw that away!!

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