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That Is The Question

Welcome to Day 19 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 landscapers agree is the reason for crabgrass. Today’s prompt is Little Things,  and it was Tami’s idea. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before sneezing uncontrollably.

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That Is The Question

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“Mom, why do you love me?”

“You’re my son. I have to. It’s a law or something.”

“No. Seriously. Why do you love me?”

“Because you’re smart. And funny. You make me laugh. You’re a good person. You’re kind. You don’t get into trouble. You are respectful. Most of the time. You play with your brother even when I don’t ask you to. You don’t gripe when I ask you to empty the dishwasher. Most of the time. You like to help people, especially kids. You stand up for what’s right. You believe strongly that family is the most important thing. You don’t conform. Basically, I love you for all the big things and all the little things you do. I love the things that make you you.”

“Oh. That’s really nice.”

“Yup. So. Why do you love me?”

“I dunno.”

“…”

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  • Hey Nicky! This sounds desperately familiar, but remains charming =) Indigo x

  • Yes, that’s the response I would get, too! Ha! (Sorry I’ve been sliding in at the last minute on these prompts… hope to catch up on reading everyone else’s posts later today.)

  • Awwww! Do you know why I love you, Nicky? Because you have awesome shoes, you give amazing Skype, and you’re willing to abandon your kids for me.

  • He loves you because you have all the money…and make all the food.

  • This is wonderful! I can imagine having the exact same conversation with my kids – especially the “don’t conform”.

  • How sweet is that???? Love your answer to him…he sounds like a really nice kid. I guess he shows his love for you by being a good kid.

  • That’s a great answer to his question. You covered all the bases. Sounds you are raising a great kid.

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  • Sounds like a lawyer in the making! 😀

  • Annie

    That was great, Nicky. Love how you pour your heart out and he can’t come up with one little compliment. Priceless.

  • Okay, I did laugh out loud. Brilliantly done, Nicky!

  • MalisaHargrove

    Boys! So typical. Sigh. Don’t know if your story was based on a real conversation, but it sounds so real. Good job! And, yes, I’m back. I even posted today! Gasp.

  • OH WOW. I could have written this about my middle son, down to the dishwasher. That is uncanny…. and beautifully written AND funny!

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I pretty much hate kids. Selfish bastards.

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  • KZ

    This is the Socratic method at work, Nicky. Be proud. Your son is a budding philosopher and critical thinker.

    Ever heard of Louis CK? This reminds me of a bit he does about his daughter and the incessant “Why?” question.

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! xoxo

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