Spud Is Miffed

27 Jan

I am a bad mother.  I know this because my youngest son told me so.  He told me while avoiding eye contact because he can’t bear to look at me at the moment.

My heinous crime?  I didn’t write a birthday post for him.




Spud turned seventeen twelve days ago.  He loved his Vivquilt (it went straight on the bed, as you can see).  He liked his other presents (especially the money). He enjoyed his brother’s homemade birthday cake (coming in another post).  He snaffled the bulk of the cakes he took into school to celebrate.  He had a great day.

Great.  That’s what I want for him.  

Moving on…

Five days later:

Spud:  Hey, Mum…where’s my birthday post?

Mum:  I didn’t do one this year; you don’t read my blog any more.

Spud [indignant]: Yes I do!

Mum:  No you don’t.  Whenever I ask you, you say you haven’t read it.

Spud [patient]:  I’ve told you – I read it in clumps.  I expected a birthday post.

Mum:  Sorry, sweetie.

Six days after that:

Spud [indignant]:  Hey, Mum…where’s my birthday post?

Mum:  I didn’t do one this year; you don’t read my blog any more.

Spud [irritated]: Yes I do!

Mum:  No you don’t.  Whenever I ask you, you say you haven’t read it.

Spud [impatient]:  I’ve told you – I read it in clumps.  I expected a birthday post.

Mum:  Sorry, sweetie.

Spud: [hurt]:  Call yourself a mother!  I want a birthday post.

Mum [scrambling]:  I’ve got one planned – the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Love’ and I’m going to feature the cake your brother made for you.

Spud [outraged]:  That’s about Tory Boy!  I want my own post!

Mum:  But you never read my… [a scuffle breaks out]

Consider me chastened.

Happy Birthday, Spud.  I may be a neglectful mother but I do love you.






65 Responses to “Spud Is Miffed”

  1. McGuffyAnn January 27, 2013 at 20:17 #

    Oh, Mum. How could you?!


  2. vivinfrance January 27, 2013 at 20:19 #

    That Princess birthday card cracked me up! I said Happy Birthday to you on the day, but you don’t read your Mum’s blog!


  3. The Wanderlust Gene January 27, 2013 at 20:21 #

    Is that all?! That’s ok then – easily remedied. I thought you were going to say he was acting up about your new writing room!


  4. Karen Snyder January 27, 2013 at 20:35 #

    Hang your head, Mum! 🙂 Happy belated birthday, Spud!


  5. lanceleuven January 27, 2013 at 21:15 #

    Oh, you missed a trick there, Tilly. You should have replied “And I write your Birthday posts in clumps. Call back when you’re twenty-six and they’ll be ten of them all together!”


  6. slpmartin January 27, 2013 at 21:26 #

    Why is it that we, the youngest sons must always have such abuse hurl upon us ….’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’


  7. colonialist January 27, 2013 at 21:41 #

    That is just plain sadistic! 🙂


  8. faydanamyjake January 27, 2013 at 22:07 #

    oppsy! lol


  9. Dana January 27, 2013 at 22:09 #

    Haha! Oops.

    Belated happy birthday wishes to him!


  10. Janet Williams January 27, 2013 at 22:14 #

    Tilly, how could you? He’s just a boy………

    Reading your posts in clumps… I bet he loves you too.


  11. keiththegreen January 27, 2013 at 22:22 #

    Just offer to post a detailed post about his teenage years for his 18th birthday. Include details and pics of his first birthday, his first day at school, and details about his first date etc. I’m sure he will gladly offer you the day off. 😛


  12. Al January 27, 2013 at 22:57 #

    That knock on the door you hear is Social Services, Child Abuse Division. If you show them this post, perhaps they will drop the charges.


  13. sharechair January 27, 2013 at 23:03 #

    Wouldn’t it be fun to write a real tell-all and “post” it .. although not really. Just so he would THINK that it was posted. I’m having fun just thinking about it. oh, dear… what does that say about me?


  14. rumpydog January 27, 2013 at 23:17 #

    Spud, happy birthday. And next year it’s gonna take more than a pouty face to get a post like this out of your mama! Just sayin’…..


  15. Aurora HSP January 27, 2013 at 23:31 #

    Great birthday post 😀 Lucky Spud! lol 🙂


  16. judithatwood January 28, 2013 at 00:00 #

    Happy belated b-day, Spud!


  17. vastlycurious.com January 28, 2013 at 00:20 #

    Thats so funny – especially the card !


  18. sonofwalt January 28, 2013 at 00:30 #

    Made me happy. You are awesome.


  19. Laurie Nichols January 28, 2013 at 01:46 #

    Isn’t it a mother’s lot in life, children finding fault no matter what. They want a us to not write about them then they do if we don’t. It’s hard being mommy.


  20. terry1954 January 28, 2013 at 01:59 #

    he wants his moment in the spotlight too!!!!!! whether he actually reads the blogs or not. kids, can’t live with out them and can’t live with them. heheh. happy birthday to you. happy birthday to you!!!


  21. Rorybore January 28, 2013 at 02:22 #

    LOL Love that card!! that is hilarious — only between brothers I guess. haha So happy belated Spud. If you’re reading this 😉


  22. barb19 January 28, 2013 at 03:16 #

    You are naughty mum!
    Happy belated Birthday Spud!


  23. adinparadise January 28, 2013 at 03:27 #

    Happy Birthday, Spud. 😀


  24. jmgoyder January 28, 2013 at 04:51 #

    I think Spud and Ming must somehow be related!


  25. Kay's Musings January 28, 2013 at 07:52 #

    Happy Birthday, Spud and much aloha from the middle of the Pacific ocean! I’m sending you some birthday sunshine.


  26. bevchen January 28, 2013 at 09:00 #

    But he DOES read your blog… once a year around the time you should be publishing his birthday post 😉


  27. misswhiplash January 28, 2013 at 09:20 #

    Well belated happy birthday Spud For goodness sake Mrs do him a birthday post or you will never hear the end of it…we all know you love Spud but he wants a birthday post of his own…you are depriving your child…could be mental child abuse ! He! he!


  28. mairedubhtx January 28, 2013 at 15:41 #

    Not even a birthday poem for your youngest child? You’ll have to do some making up for this, Linda. Groveling even. For shame. But I can understand. He wasn’t reading your posts–except the one he was looking for.


  29. Three Well Beings January 28, 2013 at 21:57 #

    I hope you have satisfied that sweet and persistent young man! Happy Birthday, belated is still a good thing, to Spud! Now you have to see if he only read this in clumps!


  30. Viveka January 28, 2013 at 22:55 #

    I suppose comes with the package of being a mum … if you right … you do wrong .. if you don’t do it – you should have done it.
    If you done it .. you shouldn’t had.
    So next year remember!


  31. Grannymar January 30, 2013 at 21:25 #

    Happy belated b-day, Spud! You are fortunate – only one brother, I had four and they played terrible tricks on me.


  32. Perfecting Motherhood January 31, 2013 at 07:39 #

    Poor kid. You’d better not forget next year and make a big deal out of his 18th birthday. 🙂


  33. eof737 February 1, 2013 at 15:18 #

    “Happy Belated Birthday to you Spud! 🙂
    ¸¸.•*¨*•░H░A░P░P░Y░(¯`’•.¸ *♥♥♥* ¸.•’´¯) ░B░I░R░ T░H░D░A░Y░ (¯`’•.¸*♥♥♥*¸.•’´¯) Hope you enjoyed YOUR special day!
    ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦╦═╣╚╣╚╦╝╠═╦╦╗
    ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║╬║║╔╣╔╣║║╬║╬║║║
    ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚═╩╩╝╚═╩╩╩═╩╩╩╗║
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Birthday .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥Happy Birthday to youuuuu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸.•*¨*•♫



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