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Please yourself; read or don’t read…

  1. I was very pleased when the daily prompt word finally appeared because at last I could go to sleep! The word gods left me waiting last night, reminding me of teenage years when in those first sweet throes of romance, you would wait in tingling anticipation for your new love to call. I would stare at the phone, silently willing it to ring, and after minutes ticked slowly by with it sitting mockingly, resolutely mute, I would lift the receiver to check the dial tone, convinced it was dead. Heaven help anyone who wanted to make a call at that time, for hell hath no fury like a teenage girl!
    So it was last night, me surreptitiously checking my phone under the pillow, whilst my husband slept peacefully beside me, oblivious to my turmoil while I waited for that word to appear!
    The word pleased generally generates a warm fuzzy feeling; conveying pleasure and delight, and is highly instrumental in softening commands. How different the response to “Come here” , when one simple word is inserted, changing to “Please come here”.
    The first signifies trouble, and nothing good, whilst the please offers an invitation to possible reward. ( I relate my ” Mummy ” voice to those commands, where “Come here” would be followed by the dreaded count to three if my little cherubs did not appear!)
    Please and thank you are constants in our house and I am well pleased at the result of countless years of drilling with the words “what do you say?” and “what’s the magic word?” on constant repeat. It was tedious indeed but the end reward of polite, respectful children has given me years of pleasure and pride! Often other mums would comment how lucky I was, making my blood boil. It’s called PARENTING dumb people, maybe you should think about giving it a try! (Tales on manners are plentiful in our book “Mums The Word – Two mums’ take on life with kids” by Lis Norman and Tracey Samios)
    The only please at which I cringe at hearing is the dreaded, “Please yourself.” The words might literally say please yourself but you just know it’s more an implied threat than an invitation. Sure, I can please myself, but if I dare, the consequences will be dire and to do so will be at my own peril!
    I’m pleased if you are still reading this post and would like to thank you for your time. I would love for you to leave comments, but please yourself…😃

“I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Lis 🐻

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