Saturday, April 2, 2016

A to Z Blog Challenge - Bored

Bored

you never mentioned boredom in my mother’s presence
she could rustle up a work project before the words
left your mouth
she would slap a brush or a rag into your hand, clippers or a
shovel and point in all directions
oh she was slick, and fast, setting a pace
that left you pleading for release from your house
arrest

to this day, I’m never bored. I might be on a slowdown
or between projects. Antsy and distracted
contemplating life choices
but never bored

or that voice in my head (sounds an awful lot like mom)
steers me into motion

and something gets 

cleaned

47 comments:

  1. Haha. I think when I become a mom, I'll be like yours. Always looking for something to do.

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    1. idle hands are the devil's workshop

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  2. I know - bored ... never - but I do like to switch off occasionally ... but Cleaning things is good at times!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. switch off is a better phrase than bored

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  3. Ha! My 4th grade teacher would tell us, "Only boring people get bored." And my mom would do the same as yours. Now, I think a little bit of boredom is good; it's when your body rests and your brain processes the things that it absorbed in the previous day.

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  4. Love this! I saw a sign hanging in someone's house who has four kids (and plenty of relatives' kids constantly visiting). It read:

    Bored? Have you...
    Been creative?
    Outside play?
    Read a book?
    Exercised?
    Done something helpful?

    If my parents had that growing up, I know they would have pointed to it many times!

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    1. the key is do something or at least look like you are doing something

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  5. Things brings back memories of when my daughter was little and sitting in the back of the car composing a song called Bored :) Great post.

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    1. at least she was creating a bored song! fun

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  6. I have no idea what the word even means anymore...
    Funny your mother found things for you to do.

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    1. I don't say I'm bored now, I'm just being lazy

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  7. Ha! I love this. I never have a problem finding something to do.

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  8. I'm never short of a project or two, it's time I'm in need of.

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  9. Love this post! I often get annoyed at people, mostly children who say IM BORED! I think once indecision, laziness, or fatigue set in it is often mistaken for boredom. Enjoy the A to Z Challenge!

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    1. thanks for visiting. We are never bored in Apri

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  10. There is always something to do

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  11. Haha! I can totally relate! My mom didn't believe in boredom and would convince you real fast that you weren't actually bored, because there were always chores to be done! Fun poem; thanks for sharing.

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  12. Ah...I see our mother's have met...and likely agreed on all your poem points on beating boredom. Great words of wisdom and wit with a bit of whackyness...fun!!!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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  13. LOL must be a generational thing. I just commented on another "Bored" post that as kids we didn't dare say the word bored or we were given some odious job.
    I'm pretty good at entertaining myself by daydreaming or people watching. The only time I truly get bored is when my granddaughter is watching her beloved "Dora the Explorer" video for the millionth time.

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    1. yep - you can tune out on that one

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  14. Haha! Great post! Never say 'that word!'

    Heather

    @xstitchchick

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  15. Oh gosh, yes, my mum was a demon at finding things for me to do! I love this piece.

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    1. I bet you make sure your boys are never bored

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  16. We quickly learned as kids to never say that in front of Mom.
    And our kids quickly learned to never say that in front of US.
    It's a circle of life thing, I think.

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    1. and I bet you never say it to Mrs. Penwasser - she'll put you on a project!

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  17. We quickly learned as kids to never say that in front of Mom.
    And our kids quickly learned to never say that in front of US.
    It's a circle of life thing, I think.

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  18. Hi there!

    I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. OH, how I LOVE this post...and the fact it reminds me of my own mother...lol...

    I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com) . If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

    Donna L Martin

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    1. thanks. I'm running behind but shall visit your blogs. Fun!!!

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  19. Very funny! I am not usually bored either. Drives my husband crazy sometimes that I cannot even watch TV or a movie without also doing a coloring page or crocheting. Great post!

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    1. yep - I tend to read and watch TV

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  20. Funny and clever. I shall be back. Visiting from A-Z challenge. P.S. My mother was the same.

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    1. thanks. I shall visit you in a bit

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  21. Lovely! I am not bored often, either. :)

    Yvonne

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  22. I'm never bored, either. My problem is that I'm always running out of time to get things done.

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    1. you are a busy person - lots of arts and gardening!

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  23. I understand your mother completely. I hate the word bored. I worked with a teacher who would say, "Only boring people get bored." I never liked her phrase. But I understood the angst she felt. I would put you busy too.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

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  24. Love this. Boredom is not good! And I still hear my Mum's voice too.

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    1. guess it came in the Mum or Mom booklet!

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