Family, Flash Fiction 55, Funsterment | Posted by Jannie on 6 September 2013 @ 7:02 PM 37 Comments


last autumn
in front of God
and the whole
Sunday morning

when he was
not quite six,

my nephew responded
to questions about
rules for our lives
during Childrens’ Story,

in his clear expressive voice…

“In our house
there is no hitting,
kicking or biting,

and I know
the “F-word”
but I never say it.


(Fiction? Nope.)


~~ Take it to The G-Man if your 55 wants to come alive.


P.S. That’s the church I grew up in.

Had 12 years Perfect Attendance at Sunday School there — hard to believe, eh?  :)

Mom & Dad were married 54 years last month!



My sister (awesome person!) made that card.  The girl at the top is my niece. She just entered high school.

In Canada.

Canada rocks!!!

You rock too.

Happy Friday.


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  • 1

    On 6 September 2013 at 7:18 pm

    kaykuala said, 

    That’s wonderful Jannie! He’s sure is a smart young man. He has lots of wonderful people around him. Thanks for sharing the years of growing up!


  • 2

    On 6 September 2013 at 8:20 pm

    G-Man said, 

    As I live and breathe….Jannie Funster!!!
    Cute little Maritimer who’s now the CEO of E-Bay.
    Loved your Familial 55
    Thanks for playing, and BTW….
    Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss
    Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End…G-Daddy

  • 3

    On 6 September 2013 at 10:41 pm

    brian miller said, 

    ha, he knows it but never says it…i hope he can keep on saying that…so cute a moment….i like the other rules as well…ha…wonder how many faces went res at that one…smiles.

  • 4

    On 6 September 2013 at 11:52 pm

    The Real Cie said, 

    Lovely picture! I knew the F word very well. My father was a college professor, but he cussed like the proverbial sailor.

  • 5

    On 7 September 2013 at 3:54 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. love the family reflections here – and what a great lad … then your parents – so many congratulations to them with many happy days ahead …

    Love your words too .. happy weekend – Hilary

  • 6

    On 7 September 2013 at 9:17 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Hank! And last year in school he won the Best Storyteller award for his class! Taking after the rest of the family with his writing skills!! :) Can’t wait to see him again next year. Always a treat to have a visit from wonderful you, Hank.

    Hey, G-est of men, hey ya honorary Canadian ya, Tim Horton’s swiller extraordinaire… Miss Miss Miss Miss you guys too in this my busiest eBay and Life season but on the spur of the moment and fueled by Pinot Grigiot a (non)fiction appeared.

    Brian — Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when that came out of him, but she laughed along with the rest of the church that apparently CRACKED UP!!! Yeah, let’s hope he keeps the cussin’ to a mimimum, but he IS Canadian — and those Canucks do tend to do a lot of “recreational” swearing — especially the Maritimers. :) Great to see you, my friend.

    The Real Cie… Was he from Canada too???!!!!! :) :) You know, I read or heard somewhere that when we cuss it’s like we’re saying little prayers. So….. maybe your dad was a very prayerful man?? :) :)

    Darling, Dear, Wonderful, Awesome Hilary… thank you m’ dear for popping in, as you always do. And guess what??!! I’ve got another NEW song done, just as of this morning, I got my last line of lyric, the “Only Guilty Of Love” tune. So excited. And working on the 3rd new one to present at an open mike as soon as it’s done. Including the Homeless Man one, 3 new to sing out. (was getting tired of singing the same-old same-old. So by early Dec and my song showcases coming up I shall have lots of new material, at least 6 new by then whooohoo. Trying to make time for my music when I’m not working at financing Our Beloved Gymnast. But anyway… back to your actual comment… :) Yep, Mom & Dad doing great. And my niece and nephew getting so much wonderful time with them and vice versa. Yeah, he’s quite the boy! So verbal, always the one with his hand up at Story Time to answer the questions. And as I mentioned to Hank Kaykuala above — Austin won Best Storyteller for his class last year!


  • 7

    On 7 September 2013 at 10:48 am

    Dr. J said, 

    Sweet!! And your nephew is quite the comedian!

  • 8

    On 7 September 2013 at 11:03 am

    Linda said, 

    What a cute, happy little boy! He knows the house rules and abides by them. Hats off to parents who gently teach their children manners and good conduct. Have a great weekend.

  • 9

    On 7 September 2013 at 11:33 am

    Mama Zen said, 

    That is so cute!

  • 10

    On 8 September 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Sounds like your nephew has some good rules to follow! Great pictures and post, Jannie. Congratulations to your Mom and Dad! 54 yars–that’s fantastic! Family is the best. Hugs to you, Jannie! :-)

  • 11

    On 9 September 2013 at 8:59 am

    Lynn said, 

    That’s priceless! xoxo

  • 12

    On 9 September 2013 at 9:02 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Those are great rules to live by. :) He’s a cutie.

    My mom is saying the next time she packs me into her suitcase, she’ll probably be going to Canada.

  • 13

    On 9 September 2013 at 10:37 am

    Jannie said, 

    Dr. J. And he didn’t even mean to be a comedian there! :) But yes, he is quite the little funny dude. Can’t wait to see him again and hug him up — those little chubby cheeks awaiting some proverbial “auntie squeezes.”

    Hey Linda, isn’t he CUTE!!?? They say if you feel you’re “working” at being a parent you’re doing it right, so he should turn out to be quite the awesome man. Of course, he’s already an awesome kid!!

    Mama Z, I know, right?? A Linkletter moment if ever there were one.

    Hey Daisy — yep, 55 years next summer! that’ll be quite the partay!

    Lynn! That’s a story that will be passed down the family lines, I’m sure. Maybe he’ll become a pastor himself one day. But I’m picturing him as a singer, he has the music talent in his bones.

    Hey Alice Audrey, yes such a little cutie indeed. Okay WHERE in Canada?? If it’s Nova Scotia let’s meet up! But I bet you’ll go to B.C. Pretty nice there too.

    Now… Jannie has 8 packages to package up and print out the labels for, whoohooo.


  • 14

    On 9 September 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    This is, after all, appropriate for your Bible Scholar WordPress theme. But I’m digressing already. I’ll bet you could have heard a pin drop in that church — or maybe I’m unfairly projecting my childhood churchgoing experiences onto the vignette and he had them rolling in the aisles.

  • 15

    On 9 September 2013 at 9:38 pm

    a spirit of simplicity said, 

    right out of the mouths of babes!!

  • 16

    On 9 September 2013 at 10:06 pm

    grapeling said, 

    still laughing aloud. cheers ~ M

  • 17

    On 9 September 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Myrna said, 

    Thanks for visiting my blog Janine. Your nephew is super cute. Wise too.

  • 18

    On 10 September 2013 at 1:08 am

    Gabriella said, 

    Sweet 55 words! You nephew looks very cute.

  • 19

    On 10 September 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Good Tuesday everyone!

    Chris Edgar! Yes, rolling in the aisles and all the way home in their cars to a nice Sunday lunch, and beyond. When Mom told me this little tale on the phone She and I laughed for about half an hour. I know my Bible Scholar theme, eh?!! I remember I picked it because it had the exactly right pixel width and height i was dreaming of for my header. Then I totally “kit-bashed” (what model railroaders say,” the CSS, with some help from Kim Woodbridge. The creator was actually e-gracious enough to help me with a few initial HTML issues when I emailed him. What kind of churching did you have as a lad? quite regularly?

    Hello Spirit of Simplicity, one of my new BFFs… :) that’s it! A Biblical Scholar indeed. I was in Peurto Rico once. WONDERFUL food. Nice beachy smell. On the beach, I mean. The food smelled like heaven under a dome.

    Good one, Grapeling! I just laughed about it again, out loud. He is never a shy boy to answer the minister’s questions. His cousin, my daughter is the same way. I always used to cringe a bit when her little hand would go up on church when she was little. When she was 4 e& 5 especially. :) And I’ll never forget what she asked the hair stylist that time before 1st grade. Luckily, he had a good sense of humor… :)

    Thank you dear Myrna, it was so long since you’d been here I’d forgotten we used to read each others’ sites a bit. Let’s try to blog-visit at least a couple times a year, okay, instead of once every 3 years. :) Yes, he’s super cute, looks like his mama who’s super-super cute!!

    Hey, Garbriella, I was enchanted to meet you. Hey, do you know that song, quite a recent one? I really like it’s chorus and that girl’s singing. It’s kind of 3 songs in one, which can happen, but that chorus is Sweeeeet. “I Was Enchanted To Meet You.” I’m all musical today. :) Enjoying songwriting of late.

    And now… back to actions of my gainful employ…


  • 20

    On 10 September 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Sara said, 

    Ah, what a fun read! I loved the last line, of course. I bet he cracked up the church with that one:~) It’s nice to see a 55 up at your site. I know you’re really busy right now. Life takes you where you have to go, but I do miss your poetry. However, I smiling right now after reading this delight:~)

  • 21

    On 11 September 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Talon said, 

    Still trying to live by those awesome rules. :)

    Loved your 55, Jannie! xxoo

  • 22

    On 11 September 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Okay, Sara here’s a poem…

    maybe she was the one
    people teased in class
    for her white socks with
    black uncool shoes

    or left out of the
    odd lunch or three be-
    cause of her sweater.

    but you know what?

    what matters is how
    you now thank her for
    all that she does

    and know that she
    is just like you…



    and prone

    to smile

    at the


    of it



    And Sara, never too busy for YOU!


    Talon… The only one I could work on is the last one he mentioned. :) :) But it’s how we feel while we cuss that matters. Recreational swearing (an Olympic Sport in Canada, as we all know,) can bring some measure of gaiety to most any social occasion. :)


  • 23

    On 12 September 2013 at 4:57 pm

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    Ha ha he knows the F Word. Bless him. I never used the F Word until we had kids. What went wrong!

  • 24

    On 12 September 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Margaret said, 

    Oh… I would have cried laughing… they would have had to carry me out on a stretcher!! How hysterical, gotta love children.

    NOW Jannie, 55’s don’t take very long AND we miss you so! Pencil us in at least once a month :)

  • 25

    On 12 September 2013 at 10:39 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    We still need Little B to follow all those rules- He throws fits still sometimes. He’s 6 now too!
    Wise in his young age your nephew is!

  • 26

    On 13 September 2013 at 11:59 am

    Nessa said, 

    Obviously, an extremely bright and intelligent child.

  • 27

    On 15 September 2013 at 9:23 pm

    GDK said, 

    Your last few words to Sarah say it best “the beauty of it all”. 12 years of Sunday school eh! I might have asked some good Questions in that same Church when 4-5 years old. A wonderful age to be. Your parents look Quite proud and joyous in the photo. As us East Coasters say “What’s a good party without a few insults”.

  • 28

    On 16 September 2013 at 12:23 pm

    moondustwriter said, 

    somehow I imagine there was not a dull moment in your family (and still isn’t!)))

    big moon glowing hugs to you Jannie
    wish Texas weren’t quite so darn far away
    Love ya and thanks for the cheery visit

  • 29

    On 16 September 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Beautiful Poops. Whoops, I mean peeps!!


    And good-bye, but just for now.

    Jannie is off to hang out with her handsome husband and eat Kelly’s birthday all-day-lollipop.


  • 30

    On 17 September 2013 at 10:30 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Happy Belated 12th Kelly!!1
    Hope you Funsters had a terrific blast on the 11th
    n are recovered by now…
    I’m having my idea of an easy week here…

  • 31

    On 18 September 2013 at 10:41 am

    Jannie said, 

    WARNING… 2 swear words below in this comment (actually 3 if you count “ass-kicking”)… ADULT READERS ONLY. You are an adult, right? I know I almost am. :)

    Hey Joey, Joe. You know I have a brother Joe right? He and Dad are currently working on converting what was the horse barn into a big RV storage building. Putting in a door and such. And LOL on your parental response. :) :)

    Margaret, I think some of them are still laughing… :) :). know I do everytime I relive the telling of the tale. I know, I know — 55s don’t take long. I am “working” o a poem for next Tuesday, for the DVersers. And I have a REALLY REALLY special poem to share by a Russian photographer I met via eBay, but letting 3 months elapse on that one is the plan, trying to think of privacy so no Internet weirdos could find out home addresses and such. :) You and I already have each others’ addresses — a couple of Internet weirdos, if ever there were two. :) But at least you’re a weirdo I KNOW. And you’re going to get a really nice liner note on my CD since you pre-paid for one already( when that shall be released, I have no idea — sooner than later, tho.):) My buddy on Conroe TX gets a nice mention too. The Universe is working it out great for me to write and practice for shows now. And back to the recording studio will be further in the future. But enough of all that. :)

    Snaggle, Kelly threw 1 or 2 of her biggest fits at age 6, one over not getting any soda pop before dinner. I remember it all and the screaming in the car too well. :)

    Nessa! he is a really creative thinker, quite the little story-teller. He comes out with all these things on the phone I have to ask Mom about later really are going to happen, like vacations away and such. He makes me laugh!

    Yeah GDK, many many Sunday mornings. And speaking of 6 — I guess at that age I snatched the wig off my Sunday School teacher — names witheld to protect the innocent on that. When I see you in person I’ll tell you who. Yes, you probably never shut up with questions as a precocious wee one. :) :) I remember when Kelly was I guess 6 her dad and i took her to tour this place called Natural Bridge Caverns, about 45 minutes from Austin — a guided limsetone cave tour. Kelly was the only kid there and she must’ve put her hand up 20 times, at least to ask questions. Well, the guide-girl did keep saying “anybody have any qusetions?” And Kelly did! Jim and I had to wrangle her off to the side to let the girl continue with her program. :) Oh gosh — what do you mean party insults, ya bastard!! Pass the Alpine ya sonofabitch :) :)

    Dear MoonDustWriter, no too much dullness, tho. I did find time dragged when I had to dry dishes or wash down the kitchen ceiling in the spring, but other than those dreaded childhood moments, all else was merriment,and yes — still is! And I can’t tell you how happy I am with your moonlanding here. I saw you over on someone’s blog last week, and remembered how AWESOME you are and how much I like you!!! And again, how AWESOME you are.

    Hey SNAGGLE– again. So glad to hear about your easy week!! Thank you. I think she had a lot of nice little surprises on her actual birthday and an AWESOME party with her gymnastics friends on the 14th. I was tired because the day of the party we had to be at the track for 7:00 a.m. About yesterday morning I was nicely recovered and finally rested up from The Party and all the prep, hostessing and carrying-away from it. I think I got some really really great pix. Only looked at the thumbnails so far, but I can tell the lighting at the lake was spot on. And another gymnastics mom — a new one and not only a professional photographer, but a true artist at it, like yourself took pix there with her majorly ass-kicking camera.

    But first, I have some eBay parcels to package, label and set out for Postie.


  • 32

    On 27 September 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Yeah. She’s talking Banff.

  • 33

    On 20 October 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Jannie said, 

    i think I’ve passed through Banff in the night on a bus. Hear it’s quite nice!!


  • 34

    On 31 October 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I was there on my own a couple of decades ago. Hills so tall it actually impressed me, and weird glacier run off water not too far away.

  • 35

    On 2 November 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Lake Louise is another great place, I hear! oox

  • 36

    On 24 November 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    It was many years ago that I was there last. I went up to Merit and over to Summerville and stopped off at Wells-Grey Provincial Park. Did the whole thing by myself in a pickup with a doghouse I built into the bed. Every so often I had to stop and nail the sucker back together.

  • 37

    On 25 November 2013 at 12:50 am

    Jannie said, 

    Was that pre-hubby and kids? And what kind of dog traveled with you? Very interesting!

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