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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bestest Friends in the Whole Wide World

My youngest celebrated her eleventh birthday a few weeks ago. She enjoyed the presents and all the fuss, but what she wasn't too happy about was turning eleven. I thought she was joking, but evidently she was deadly serious, as the special dispensation above will attest to.

She had been concerned enough to voice her mis-givings at school, to her very best of bestest friends, Ashley. Ashley, being a thoughtful kind of a child, had a think about it. She decided if her bestest of best friends didn't want to be eleven, well then, she shouldn't have to be. She set about to make an exemption certificate, and even had it validated by several signatures, including their teacher's. Now Abby is delighted, and carries it with her wherever she goes.

"But sweetheart, why don't you want to get any older?" I asked.

In her most reasonable, matter-of-fact voice, she sweetly explained, "You can't chuck me out if I'm never eighteen."

(Nice to know some of the things I threaten the kids with occasionally hits home..)



26 comments:

SJ said...

I have an aunt who was born on February 29th she gets older only every 4 years :)

Shrinky said...

Oops, sj - don't tell Abby!

pat houseworth said...

I've still got a 26 year old who still lives here when he's not on the road....my guess is, he's thinking he can outlast us and take over the house.....I plan on living until 100 though...so he better have a plan B.

Maalie said...

Shrinky, please will you sign my certificate to say I'm 39?

What happened to your lovely beach post that preceded this one?

Not a Granny said...

So that's how I should have done it!!

Stopping by from Mushy's house.

Shrinky said...

That's right Pat, give me hope for the future.. (mutter, mutter)

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Shrinky said...

Maalie,you don't fool me - you're a juvenile (delinquent) at heart.

Don't talk to me about that sodding post. Some folks don't have the imagination to tell the difference between fact from fiction, taking everything as literal (just don't get me started..).

Hmph.

Shrinky said...

Hey, not a granny - any friend of Mushy's just HAS to be lovely! I'm delighted you've stopped by. Say "hi" to the old retrobate from me.. I'm just off to tip-toe on by your site (smile)

John-Michael said...

"Out of the mouths of babes" comes the amazing stuff that we place in there.

Scary, isn't it?! [big smile]

CHEWY said...

Abby's very fortunate to have a bestest friend like Ashley.

Robert said...

sometimes kids surprise you with their thought process...it's amazing what is going on in their minds ...:))

Shrinky said...

I know Robert, it's so easy to say one thing and to be completely mis-interpreteted (rolling eyes).

She should know I love her to pieces.

Shrinky said...

John-Michael, tomorrow is Mother's Day over here. My eldest worried his gift might wilt. He presented me with a dozen long-stemmed roses (but it was the hug and kisses, and him throwing me up in the air that came with them that meant the most) before asking me for a lift to his friends house.. sigh.

It's not such a miserable life after all, is it? (Wink)

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QUASAR9 said...

Hugs & smiles!

Shrinky said...

omg Quasar!!!

Hello my friend, I've been meaning to get back to you (big, big hugs -thanks for forgiving me for running out on everyone.. I'm so pleased to see you here) x

The Hermit said...

I turn 55 next month. I expect I should start looking for an exemption certificate myself. ;-)

John-Michael said...

I simply couldn't let Mother's Day pass without an admiring and respectful bow to you. Best summed up in "NAMASTE, Dear Lady." (The Spirit within me ... bows to and honors the Spirit within You.)

Hoping that this day has given you joy.

BRUNO said...

Yeah, just wait 'til she gets closer to DRIVING age---that "official-document" will be shoved to the OTHER end of the "age-scale"...!!!

Shrinky said...

John-Michael,

Thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say! (Smile)

Shrinky said...

Ah Bruno,

Abby wants to stay ten, my twelve year old daughter wants to be 18 (yesterday she came home sporting three inch heels). Sigh..

The Future Was Yesterday said...

"You can't chuck me out if I'm never eighteen."
LAMO!! Bless the young Lady!! So YOU'RE the Mother from hell I've been so terrified of all these years!:)

I thought you'd gave your blog a swim in the river. But now I found ya again, and all's well! Big ole warm hugs to ya!

david mcmahon said...

She's brilliant!

Catmoves said...

I absolutely adore Abby. You can send her to us any time you wish. After all, my Wild Thing is still a ToysRUs kid, which she will state to anyone who enquires.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol, yes and lets hope that when she is eighteen or shortly thereafter she has a change in perspective.

My grandmother used to 'round up'. When she was 68, she would tell folks she was 'nearly seventy' She said that way, people would always tell her how good she looked for her age. LOL.