Friday, April 26, 2013

A Creature of Habit

Boys were calling day and night. The well-endowed sixteen year old was causing her parents angst.   And who knew what she was doing, being a latch-key kid?  Problem solved: Off to the convent. 
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I wrote this for the Week 65 Trifextra Writing Challenge where we are to write a 33 word composition using a compound modifier. Bonus: Compound modifiers which preceed the noun they modify are to be hyphenated and only count as one word. 

Your comments are appreciated.   

49 comments:

  1. I had a friend in high school who was running wild, so her parents sent her to a Catholic, all-girls school. It backfired: she became even more misbehaved!

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    1. Yeah, I could see that happening. Thanks for stopping by Dolly. :)

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  2. Off to the convent. Ah, I loved that. My daughter is only turning 11 soon and I've considered this. bahaha. Great write!!

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    1. Thanks Donetta. Sort of funny and sad at the same time.

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  3. That's exactly why I was a stay at home mom.

    Now the neighbor's kid is a different story...because some of those 16 year old do not look 16...

    I enjoyed this one!

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    1. Thank you Valerie. I was touching on that point. No substitute for good parenting.

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  4. Excellent parenting! Or survival of sanity.

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    1. Ha! Sanity at all costs. Thanks Renee! :)

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  5. What do do...what to do. I imagine this thought crosses the minds of many parents. Enjoyed reading this...and trying to imagine the quandary parents must face.

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    1. Yes, these are very difficult decisions. We never faced anything like this with our daughters. Thanks for commenting Maggie.

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  6. If it were only that easy. People stay home when children are small which is good. I've often thought, stay home when they are teenagers, they need you even more.

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    1. Thanks Anne. Yeah, as I said before, there is no substitute for parenting though I feel for people whose work keeps them away so much.

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  7. This is great! Though I suspect sending her off to the convent might just be the beginning of a whole new set of problems! Creative use of the prompt Lumdog!

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    1. I think you are so right. Thanks Suzanne. :)

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  8. I can certainly remember a time when that was the plan for me. Great job with this!

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    1. Tina, thanks for your comment and revealing a cool secret! ;)

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  9. LOL!! Off to the convent! Oh if only it were that easy!

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    1. Yep, you are so right. 😀 Thanks Linda.

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  10. Great take on the prompt Lumdog:-)A difficult decision and almost every parent worries about this!Latch key kids are becoming a norm even in India where to sustain both parents have to work-or sometimes the woman wants to be independent or have a career-tough choice!I opted out of working cos I did not want to b e a part time mom. Times are becoming tougher and being a parent was never an easy job-my daughter who just turned 17 ,will be going to college in a two months time-possibly in another city & I worry how she will cope.

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    1. Thanks Renee. She will probably do fine given you are obviously a good parent. :)

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  11. I wonder what will happen at tge convent though. (RogRites)

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    1. Yeah, I was wondering too. Maybe the subject of a future post? Thanks Rog.

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  12. Well, the boys weren't calling day and night, but my ex-wife was certain our daughter was destined for ruin and sent her to a Catholic Girls School... she escaped, burned her skirt and was able to attend her senior year in public school. Never did get ruined, btw. Good story.

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    1. Lol! Ted, thanks for the testimonial! I think that was the point I was trying to make but you said it so well!! :)

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    1. Yep! But I'm sure she can find some trouble! ;). Thanks Draug.

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  14. In my kids' school district, they had an after school program for kids up to thirteen years old. When I saw that, I told my husband that I was less comfortable leaving a thirteen-year-old at home alone than a seven-year-old! Too much free time without parental involvement is a set up for trouble.

    Hmmm...didn't Madonna go to Catholic school? Yeah, I think their plan will work out well :)

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    1. Ha! I think you're right. Plan B? Thanks Janna. :)

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  15. I lament the demise of the chastity belt.

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  16. The Convent. Always a good Plan B.
    I enjoyed this a lot. Made me smile.

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  17. Ha! Oh if it were only that easy! Funny, though.

    I humbly beg to differ here. As a working widow with one "wild one" in the ranks, I managed to help her find her way safely to college. So far, daughter number two is not wild (fingers crossed!)

    Doesn't matter where you parent from, as long as you parent. IMHO.

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    1. I was really making the same point. Good parenting is the best solution. But I know that this is very hard, but not impossible, for single parents who work. I'm glad you managed to do this. Thanks Kymm. :)

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  18. As the mother of a daughter, stories like this strike fear into my heart.

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    1. We were lucky with our two daughters but I'd like to think good parenting played a role. Thanks Tracie.

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  19. Oh my. So far my daughter makes good choices. Nice piece.

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    1. Glad about your daughter. Thanks for your comments Brenda. :)

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  20. *hahahaha* Spoken like a true father! There are times I am thankful I don't have girls... :)

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  21. You're such a dad! ha! (I'm pretty sure my father had those same ideas once too - esp. 4 girls later...)

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    1. Well, I was being a little tongue in cheek with this. Thanks Jody. :)

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  22. Love your interpretation of the prompt. Whose idea is it to send her to the convent? I'm not sure she's made of the right stuff, but if she chooses to go, who knows?

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    1. Yeah, I'd say its an iffy proposition. Thanks Sarah. :)

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