74 results for 'humour'
If mothers are the heart of the family, why was I not missed after spending four hours locked in the chicken coop?
I have always heard that the mother is the heart of the family, especially a stay at home mother with a crew of kids, who also helps with a hobby farm. So tell me, why was I not missed after spending three hours locked in the chicken coop? This is a funny story in hindsight. However, then, I was slightly upset. The fact that no one even noticed I wasn't in the house battered my ego. Now granted, by this time all the kids attended school but still...You must first understand... (more)
Does this introduction tug at any memories? This title and sub-title is a take on Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! Just like Seuss intended, I cannot drive out the taunting, sing-song phrases in this book that tied my tongue in knots and delighted my 18-month old granddaughter just last week. I groaned loudly when my grinning son told me that ABC was her favourite book just it had been his.
"Big B, Little bWhat begins with B? Barber, baby, bubbles and a bumble beeB,B,B"
The rhythm and rhyme are specifically designed to catch the smallest child's attention, with the... (more)
The Art of Donald McGill is one of George Orwell’s most brilliant and perceptive essays. It’s a dissertation on the naughty British seaside postcard – now I think a thing of the past -, on forms of ribald humour that most likely escape people who are not native to these islands. Towards the end he makes the following observation;
I never read the proclamations of generals before battle, the speeches of fuhrers and prime ministers, the solidarity songs of public schools and left-wing political parties, national anthems, temperance tracts, papal encyclicals and sermons against gambling... (more)
It seems young men in Japan aren't what they once were. Ryoma Igarashi likes going for long drives in the country, taking photographs of Buddhist temples and growing radishes in his apartment garden. He's a 27 year old television presenter. Meet the new breed of Japanese male, one of the 'soushoku dansi'- or literally 'grass-eating boys'. Media Shakers, a Japanese market research firm, estimates that 60% of men in their early 20's and 42% of 25-34 year olds, consider themselves to be 'grass-eaters'. Whatever happened to chasing secretaries, drinking with the boys and splurging on new cars?... (more)
This picture of our cat nursing orphaned baby bunnies with her own kittens symbolizes how I often felt about my own children. The expression on the mother cat's face is priceless because she seems completely baffled.
"Who are you? Where on earth did you come from?"
All my nine children had the same parents, lived in the same environment and ate the same food but each child inherited not only different physical genes but different character traits as well. This gene pool is larger than I ever imagined it could be.
The differences between my children are mind-boggling.... (more)
...be the most difficult dream be to fulfill? Why, become a writer and of course this is the path I find myself on.
I love my husband and my 9 kids. I loved play dough, looking for bugs, colouring, reading kids books and making doll houses.
I have a sense of humour. I often laugh in the face of tragedy. It works for me. This was the secret that helped me raise 9 kids.
I was pregnant and nursing, often both, for 18 years without a break but I still have my BBB-Before Babies Body.
I have just started writing after taking 32 years to raise 9... (more)
Learning to live
Under the same roof.
Often at odds.
Of the same family.
...of the door with a hockey stick and push hard. The door comes up a bit, you jump off the crate and crawl in!!"
When my eighth child was born, everyone was thirteen and under. The mornings could be chaotic and Joseph was the main contributor to the mayhem. He was full of energy and good humour but would express it by running up and down the kitchen in between eating, brushing his teeth, gathering reading books, exercise sheets and his lunch. Somehow with all this activity he never seemed to be able to get dressed.While holding newborn Anthony over my shoulder and awkwardly putting... (more)
We are in the airport
waiting for a jet plane
to fly us to our oasis
but a plane never seems to land for us.
there is a camel tied to the fence,
with our name on it,
waiting to take us across the desert.(more)
Iggy, our new bunny was full of joy when we first brought her home and let her out of her cage. She could not believe that she was finally free. She ran laps around the entire house jumping and twisting in the air every few minutes. Apparently rabbits twist in the air when they are extremely happy but none of us had seen anything like her joyful demonstration. She was delightful and full of character.
Iggy defied everything animal experts wrote about rabbits. Supposedly rabbits hate to hop up and down stairs. Not Iggy. She did not want to be left behind or fenced in at all. If we closed... (more)