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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Good Mothers...Gardening With Children

*Mother's Day Week

Good mothers plant gardens with and for their children.  
Good mothers fill their widdle children's bellies  with fresh food from that garden.
Good mothers don't produce children that use every stinkin' tomato for pitching practice against the old sycamore tree.
My husband might point out that an early morning threat announcement - "Tonight we will have fried green tomatoes!"
may have prompted the tomato bandits.
I heard the kind of hysterical laughing that all mother's recognize and dread.  It's the "How much longer until we get busted?" laugh.  The "I can't believe what he's doing!" laugh. The laugh that my second born lives for.
When the neighborhood children saw me coming- with the crazy mom walk- they did the skeedaddle!
There was my second born, 3 years old, proud as a peacock, wondering where his adoring fans had gone?
Not one tomato survived.  My child barely survived.
I do have to admit that the green splatters on the Sycamore tree were all well within the strike zone.

This year's tomato plant is under heavy protection laws.




These days, I plant one lone tomato plant in a far off corner of the yard.  I gingerly tend to it and I shoot a basketball  the stink eye at anyone who dares to get within a 5 foot radius of the  "no fly" zone!
As usual, I have adapted my parenting motto.
Good mothers don't beat their children when they destroy a beautiful tomato crop.

Link Par-taaay at :
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/
http://www.504main.com/
http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
http://www.gratefulbelly.com/
http://blog.addicted2decorating.com/
http://www.craftyconfessions.com/
http://www.andthen-shesnapped.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/

35 comments:

  1. One of my dogs decided to renovate my herb garden in the spring. The poor tiny seedlings were thrown all over the yard. I replanted and installed some LOVELY (not!) chicken wire to keep them safe.

    Who knew gardening was so dangerous?

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  2. Wow, it sure is a good thing that eggs don't grow on vines......

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  3. This is so hilarious. I am VERY protective over my tomato plants too. Love.

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  4. Good motto! But you might need to alter it slightly when the become teenagers! :)

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  5. Ack! I would NOT be happy my fresh tomatoes were launched all over the yard! You made me laugh when I pictured you doing the "crazy mom walk". Ha! I know that walk very, very well! (Thanks for linking up with #findingthefunny!)

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    1. Nothing like a basketball to the head to send a message! Thanks, Anna!

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  7. Nothing like the scent of tomato plants. All the more so when splattered against a sycamore tree. Believe it or not I've encouraged this behavior when my niece comes to visit each summer. I usually have an abundance of cherry tomatoes. We play baseball and eat them right off the vine. Love your humor!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I love that scent, too!

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  8. Ha,..love your motto. I would have had a cow (and also been secretly impressed about him hitting the strike zone). lol

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    1. HA! He is the second born, poor middle child that will be the death of me! My mother explained that this is called "payback!"

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  9. The chipmunks get mine. Next year, I may buy a pistol because the pea shooter isn't working.

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    1. Love the image of you with a pistol!

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  10. I do the crazy mom walk, too! Do you get crazy eyes and a horrific mouth pucker, too?!?!?

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    1. My second born does the perfect impersonation of my crazy walk. Crazed eyes, head shaking, mouth puckered and shoulders back. It sends a message, for sure.

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  11. Beautiful tomato photos! I've given up growing my own and buy them from Coach Cabutti (Lee's Produce sign on Prospect Ave.) on Sunday mornings! Baseball boys are the best -- one summer when I was babysitting/harassing my little brother, he heaved a ball at me. I ducked. Living room wall took one for the team!

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    1. I regret not enforcing the "No Balls In The House" rule! There is a constant sound of basketball dribbling, soccer kicking, baseball rolling in our house...
      Thanks for popping by, Danda!

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  12. Kerry, I love it! Your posts always make me laugh. I can just picture you doing the crazy mom walk! Love your photos!
    I don't have a kid problem, I have a critter problem. Some beast keeps stealing my tomatoes, but leaves the cucumbers and bell peppers. Picky, picky!

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    1. Yuck! Anything that comes between my plants and me...watch out!
      Thanks, Sallie!

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  13. Another Post that cracks me the heck up! Jimminy Christmas... what did I do before knowing ya Kerry?! Good God- so happy you started my morning with a smile and laugh. Oh .. Word of advice.. go out and buy yourself an airsoft gun, load that baby w/ some pellets and take your sniper position in the upstairs window. Screw the big orange basketball..get a gun-- this is a tomato plant on the line!

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    1. BWAHAHAHA! Jimminy Christmas- I say that all the time! We are sister wives!

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  14. Airsoft gun...you are a wise, wise woman.

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  15. HAHAHA Kerry you are so hilarious... you make my days ... Having been there and done that .. and somehow not going to prison for killing my 4 through the years I'm with Jen, get that airsoft gun and shoot gal!!!!! It's a war we're waging... HAHAHA! Great post.. Thanks!!

    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

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    1. I have four and most shenanigans can be tracked to Thing 2! I am not above an airsoft gun!
      Thank you, Carri!

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  16. My kid hit his camp counselor with a shoe today for singing a song he didn't like. He is 8 going on 2. This, after I just told him how proud I was of his behavior at camp so far this summer. If only he had smashed tomatoes. I would take that any day! Now he is in his room writing "I'm sorry that I hit Josh." 50 times. At least I get some quiet time...

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    1. Oh, my hilarious! This made me laugh. This is a familiar scene- "I'm sorry that I ...."
      It is a wise strategy to get some alone time, however.
      Thank you for popping by, Eva!

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  17. LOL!!!! I just had a "come to Jesus" moment with my youngest at the library so I fully appreciate this Kerry! No wonder the gray hairs are coming in fast and furious for me. Sheesh! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at IF my friend!
    Vanessa

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    1. The public "come to Jesus" meetings are always special family time. I used to say in crazy mom voice, "Pull it together or do I need to do a GRAB AND GO?" This meant that I was not too ashamed to grab the culprit and head for the door.
      Thank YOU for hosting!

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  18. Since Jane and I planted 86 tomato plants,we have plenty. Our dog Lucy loves to pick them and play fetch with a fresh tomato. I must admit, I like to chuck em too.

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  19. This is great! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

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    1. Thank YOU for hosting! See you tomorrow night!

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  20. Good mothers are flexible and change their mottos when necessary;)
    Clearly, you are a good mom.
    Vicky
    www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

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    1. I have changed my motto, aka eaten my words, more times than I can count! Thanks, Vicky!

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