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From a Grapevine

'Once parents used to teach their children to talk; today children teach their parents to keep quiet.' Yiddish Chochma


Eavesdropping is every writer's forte. I think I reward myself too much with that liberty. It's fun. Listening to people's conversations quells my hunger for stories. Over a cuppa, I heard a middle aged couple, in their 50s, when the husband was voicing out his displeasure.

"Your children don't like being told."

"Ah-hmm..." Wife sips her cappuccino.

"They rebel in an instant as soon as I open my mouth."

"They have their minds now to decide on their own." She scoops the frothy cream.

"So frustrating they can be."

"Hmmm. Sounds like..."

"We tell them it's wrong and they think you're on their throats."

"Hey, they're adults."

"Why can't they just listen!"

"Sounds like us. We don't like being told. Don't you think?"

"Yes, it shouldn't be the case with us."

"Uh-huh. But we do. Just as childish as they are."

Husband sips his now-not-so-hot chocolate. "Well, I know what's right from wrong!"

"They do, too. Let them be. They'll come to us when they're stuck."

Her chewy Chocolate Brownies was almost halfway finished.

"They... just don't. .. listen. They tell us to mind our own affairs."

"Um-mm, I wonder the same thing," she paused, "I remember telling someone to give up his addiction to high-in-sugar Coke, bad habits and back-up-D-drugs when his blood sugar gets high... ... he just won't listen."

She gobbled the last bite of two sweet slices with a smug look on her face.

... "Hurmph! Mind your own business." The husband puckered his lips and hid a grin.

I, sipped my two-sugared coffee. Satisfied.

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BeadDoodler wrote on February 1, 2015, 10:00 AM

LOL Sounds so much like many parents.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on February 1, 2015, 11:26 AM

I'm glad to know that my 'eavesdropping' from our own conversation is worth writing.

LilyDay wrote on February 3, 2015, 5:12 PM

Well, at least, she recognizes that they (the parents) don't listen either. This reminds me of the conversation I was having last night with my mother regarding her eating habits. I am trying to get it through to her that, if she wishes to live, she needs to change her ways.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on February 4, 2015, 6:29 AM

LOL! As parents, we are quick to try to correct our adult children, forgetting that we had our time teaching them "in the ways they should go". Now, we are older, things are quite reversed. emoticon :grin: I hope your mom listens real good for her own benefit.

allen0187 wrote on February 4, 2015, 7:56 PM

LOL! Sounds like the many late night conversations that I have with myself! Minus the brownies, hot choco, and coffee. Replace it with pizza, beer, and more beer and I'm set!

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on February 8, 2015, 7:10 AM

😁 Ha!Ha! well, we make the most we possibly can with anything in the spur of the moment even though it's bad for us.

allen0187 wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:53 PM

Yes, yes, we do!!!

trufflehunter wrote on February 8, 2015, 10:26 PM

Nice one. Were you transcribing every word!

bleekley wrote on February 19, 2015, 2:04 PM

Parenthood is such a huge responsibility. The time of nursing ends. The time of providing food and shelter, setting rules, and advising on how to cope with the problems of the day ends. The time of cheering one's offspring on and of gladly giving, when asked and able, emotional and material support in times of crisis never ends.

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Kungfu123 wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:25 AM

Parents should make friends with their children, and communciate like friends.

cheri wrote on March 2, 2015, 8:06 AM

You are right. We can get something from that. A good input to write about.

scheng1 wrote on March 12, 2015, 10:02 AM

A good husband always knows when to keep quiet, and not to argue with his wife when she eats up all the food.

Ruby3881 wrote on March 12, 2015, 1:32 PM

I used to sit in a little neighbourhood restaurant each Saturday when my kids had their dance lessons. I'd drink coffee and read or work on craft kits for my Brownies, and I'd listen to the conversations around me. It was never boring!

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on March 13, 2015, 9:33 AM

I have good memory when it comes to motivation-reaction type of writing. emoticon :grin:

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on March 13, 2015, 9:41 AM

It's wonderful to sit, observe and listen to people's conversations. You tend to love your characters and miss them after. emoticon :grin: