Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I. I'm Bored...

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I'm Bored.

That was not a smart thing to say when I was a kid.  In Mom's case, I would be given choices... Most involving things I liked, mixed in with housework.  If I got snippy about it, it no longer became a choice...  I had something to go DO.

I learned fast to eliminate it from my vocabulary.  I now don't seem to have a big problem with boredom, as I have my Boredom Prevention Pack, otherwise known as my "Bag of Tricks".  I usually, barest minimum have knitting.  Let's just say that when I don't have that, a pacing tiger on speed looks laid back.  Usually there might be a book, my MP3 player, a clipboard with paper and pens, and sometimes a snack, if I intend to be very long.  I have been referred to as "The Bag Lady" more than once for this odd habit.

The funny thing, however, is that quite often I have to wait for something, like donating blood, or waiting in line for x service, and I have something to do.  I see quite a few more people now iphoning or listening to something on players, but still I see folks that stand zombie like, bored out of their respective gourds.  I strike of a conversation, and they seem relieved.  Most of the time, they are fascinated with my knitting.  I am fascinated they didn't have something to do.

Mom, I am NOT bored. Honest!

And, if you can, check out my inspiration for today's topic... I just think it's a funny song!

(I'm Bored)

12 comments:

  1. Like you, i try to bring along something to do -- often crossword or other puzzles and brain games. There is always something to do!

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    1. I feel that way, but I guess knitting is my go-to for keeping busy.

      Cat

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  2. I think I grew out of being bored- not because of negative reinforcement via housework and chores, though. Now I a perpetual feeling of "not enough hours in the day".

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    1. She didn't use it as negative reinforcement, unless *I* was negative! I generally didn't mind helping, but there was my snotball years in my tweenager age. And yes, sometimes you just need a 56 hour day, or three...

      Cat

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  3. Too funny! My kids say that b-word and it's all over - the next thing they know they're folding laundry and God-forbid, cleaning their own messes!That was a crazy song!

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    1. Oh, yeah. When I was in my tweenage butthead years, that became the law... And I just think that song is a kick!

      Cat

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  4. My mother and I were wondering how many days we would have to read before we got tired/bored with it!

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    1. Reading has only once or twice been boring. Usually when I was assigned a chapter to read for class... Then we read it again. IN CLASS. I lost interest reeeeaaaal fast then.

      Cat

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  5. "I am fascinated they didn't have something to do."
    I know, right?!
    Hahahah! ;)
    Of my mother's children, I was her oldest.
    It got to the point that I....I...would give my younger siblings the evil eye if they said "I'm bored!" because, next thing I'd know, my mom was telling me to "keep them busy".

    Hope your week is going well thus far! Take care,
    -Michelle

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    1. Ah, yes, Husband is the oldest of his bunch, and has real empathy for your plight. Me, I am an only kid, so if it was boring, it was my fault. If it wasn't, I was responsible. So, I learned fast (sort of).

      Cat

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  6. I have always thought that Boredom was a natural condition for children, and that most people eventually grow out of it. I get bored with myself and a few other people these days, though.

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  7. Wow, you brought back som e childhood memories. I remember saying those exact words and my mom saying something along the lines of "go help your dad yadda yadda yadda..." UGH! Or "I can dust the house" NO THANKS! Now I have my kids to keep me busy and long for a boring day.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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