Sunday, January 26, 2014

Silly Sunday: All About Sons

About two years ago, #1 Son moved away.  He headed out of state (to Kansas), and it just didn't work out.  So he came back, and has landed back at home.

He's in the converted garage, paying rent, working, and planning to go back to school to finish his education.

It seems that a lot of young people these days try to get out of the house, and realize they tried too much, too soon, and come back.

Some parents don't like it, but i don't mind a bit.  After all, he's working and making plans, and wants his own place, but he wants to be in a more stable place when he tries again.  That's actually a good idea, we think.

This trend of kids to stay home, or come back home, reminds me of a joke.

"Tee" Boudreaux had gotten to be 24 years old and was still living at home.

Marie and Boudreaux were discussing what to do, when Boudreaux hatched a plan.

"Here what we gonna do," he said.  "We put a $10 bill, a Bible, and a bottle o' whiskey on de table.  Den we hide, and when he come in, we see what he decide to pick up.  If he pick up de money, he gonna go in bidness, if he pick up de Bible, he gonna be a preacher, and if he pick up de bottle, he gonna be a no count bum."

Marie agrees, so they put the items on the table and hide in the closet, peeking out so they can see the table.

"Tee" walks in as they expected, and he first picks up the $10 and puts it in his pocket.  Then he tucks the Bible under his arm, and finally takes a swig from the bottle.

After "Tee" leaves the room, Boudreaux and Marie come out, and Boudreaux puts his head in his hands.

"Marie!" he say.  "What we gonna do?  Dat boy, he gonna be a politician!"

Today is:

Australia Day -- Australia (National Day); Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Norfolk Island; (Commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival at Sydney Cove with the First Fleet, on January 26, 1778.)
     Australia Day Cockroach Races -- Brisbane, Queensland (the greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches anywhere, with competition proceeds going to charity)

Dental Drill Day -- George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, US, patents the electric dental drill, 1875

Duarte Day -- Dominican Republic

End of the Fifth Quarter of the Ninth Dozen of the Thirteenth Set -- Fairy Calendar

Farmhouse Breakfast Week begins -- UK (encouraging you to refresh your wake up routine, this year's challenge is "Shake Up Your Wake Up")

Liberation Day -- Uganda

Lotus 1-2-3 Day -- released this day in 1983

Lowcountry Oyster Festival -- Mt. Pleasant, SC, US (80,000lbs. of oysters, come have some fun!)

National Peanut Brittle Day

National Pistachio Day

Republic Day -- Delhi, India (pompous and splendid celebrations through the 29th)

Sailing of Anubis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the god of the dead; date approximate)

Spouse's Day -- an internet generated reason to tell your SO how much he/she means to you

St. Paula's Day (Patron of widows)

St. Timothy's Day (Patron against stomach and intestinal disorders)

St. Titus' Day (Patron of Crete)

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement -- begun at Toad Hollow School in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the 1800s, a day to encourage your friends

World Leprosy Day -- International

Anniversaries Today:

Establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park, 1915
Michigan becomes the 26th US state, 1837

Birthdays Today:

Kherington Payne, 1990
Kirk Franklin, 1970
Andrew Ridgeley, 1963
Wayne Gretzky, 1961
Anita Baker, 1958
Ellen DeGeneres, 1958
Eddie Van Halen, 1955
Lucinda Williams, 1953
David Strathairn, 1950
Gene Siskel, 1946
Angela Davis, 1944
Scott Glenn, 1942
Bob Uecker, 1935
Father George Harold Clements
Jules Feiffer, 1929
Paul Newman, 1925
Anne Jeffreys, 1923
Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913
Maria Augusta von Trapp, 1905
Bessie Coleman, 1893
Douglas MacArthur, 1880
Mary Mapes Dodge, 1831
Julia Dent Grant, 1826
Emperor Go-Nara of Japan, 1497

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Phantom of the Opera"(Musical), 1988
"The Dukes of Hazzard"(TV), 1979
"Duchess of Padua"(Oscar Wilde play), 1891
"Cosi Fan Tutte"(Mozart Opera), 1790
"Esther"(Racine play), 1689

Today in History:

The fifth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 66
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil, 1500
The Council of Trent issues its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, 1564
Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, and solves the problem before going to bed that same night, 1697
The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records, 1700
The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent of Australia, 1788
The Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia, 1808
Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States, 1838
Hong Kong is proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain, 1841
The first US income tax, passed to raise funds for the Civil War, is repealed, 1871
Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum, Sudan, 1885
The World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found, 1905
The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III is officially introduced into British Military Service, and remains the oldest military rifle still in official use, 1907
Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane, 1911
Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera, 1911
Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer, 1920
Rioters burn Cairo's central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses, 1952
Danny Heater sets a worldwide high school basketball scoring record when he records 135 points for Burnsville High School (West Virginia), 1960
Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon, but misses its target by 22,000 miles (35,400 km), 1962
Hindi becomes the official language of India, 1965
The Great Blizzard of 1978, a rare severe blizzard with the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the US, strikes the Ohio – Great Lakes region with heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph (161 km/h), 1978
Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations, 1980
An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths, 2001
President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan. 2004
The 41st World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland, 2011


  1. yup, i saw that punchline coming ahead of time. :)

    the neighbors across the street have 'boomerang' kids that keep coming back over and over. bless them...

  2. Bwahahahahahahahaha. Yep, that's right on the money.

    My son came back a couple of times and then didn't anymore. He's in his 40s now. It's tough to get started. I so remember.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. ☺

  3. Love this story! :-) It is very hard for young people to get a start in life now, even a college education doesn't guarantee enough income to make it fully on your own. You're a good Mom for letting him stay while he prepares. He learned a valuable lesson about what life requires. And I absolutely believe that adult children who live at home should pay rent and have a job. Good for him for wanting to return to school, so important to get it done!

  4. LOL! Loved your joke! I agree it's hard to leave the nest & things don't always work out the 1st time you do. Thank God for understanding parents like you - and for the ones I had. Gave me the help & love & courage to leave again and make it the 2nd time. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. Funny joke. Our son came home for a year a while back. It's fun having them back except they still expect to have all the privileges of being a child. This did cause a bit of friction.

  6. Thanks for the laugh. If and when that happens to us, I hope to be able to relish the extra time--they grow up so fast.

  7. That's funny! A politician - what can possibly go wrong? Haha!

    Yay for National Piscachio Day and Peanut Briittle Day. Yikes for cockroaches racing