Saturday Centus – Wk#114 – Prompt: He said! She said! – 104 words – “Be Polite”

07 Jul

He said! She said!” a frustrated mother copied her arguing children.

“But, Jacob was cheating.”

“No, Kayla was cheating.”

Mother frowned, “How many times have I asked you not to accuse each other of something bad? Be polite and don’t argue.”

The two had to change tactics.

“I’m sorry for saying you were cheating, Jacob.”

“I’m sorry too,” Jacob replied.

“That’s better. Now, what has happened?”

“We had been taking turns. It was my turn but Jacob took it instead.”

Jacob summoned his most innocent expression, “I know we were taking turns and one of us was mixed up but it wasn’t me.”



Posted by on July 7, 2012 in 2. Saturday Centus


12 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#114 – Prompt: He said! She said! – 104 words – “Be Polite”

  1. Dreaming

    July 8, 2012 at 01:19

    You are so right…. I could just imagine that my kids were in the next room! I could even hear the whine in their voices!

    • Ross Mannell

      July 20, 2012 at 22:49

      Thanks for the comment.

      Teaching for many years means I have had many experiences similar to the one in the story. 🙂

  2. Sue

    July 8, 2012 at 02:30

    I’ve refereed a few of these conversations before!


    • Ross Mannell

      July 20, 2012 at 22:50

      Thanks for the comment.

      Anyone involved with the care of two or more children is likely to recognise this encounter. 🙂

  3. Karen S.

    July 8, 2012 at 12:18

    Oh yeah…..I can hear it all so clearly…..too! Very nice!

    • Ross Mannell

      July 20, 2012 at 22:50

      Thanks for the comment.

      I know I have heard this type of argument many times. 🙂

  4. anita

    July 8, 2012 at 16:30

    Definitely a common theme when it comes to kids! Nice one!

    • Ross Mannell

      July 20, 2012 at 22:52

      Thanks for the comment.

      “He said, she said” certainly pointed in this direction in my eyes. 🙂

  5. Judie McEwen

    July 9, 2012 at 03:55

    Oh, my, Ross! This sounds so familiar! Cleverly done! I wrote a piece as well, but Linky is not being nice to me today. Waaaaaaaa!!

    • Ross Mannell

      July 20, 2012 at 22:55

      Thanks for the comment.

      As a member of something called Team 100WC, I visit many blogs of children taking part in a challenge similar to Saturday Centus. At times I find troubles with the links set up. It can take time to find ways around a problem if it can be done at all. Hope the Linky problem was sorted out.


    July 23, 2012 at 10:40

    Gosh. Some things never change, do they?

    What a timeless piece of writing!

    I always enjoy your insight into children.

  7. Ross Mannell

    July 30, 2012 at 11:55

    Thanks for the comment. I was checking back by a few stories and saw I hadn’t acknowledged this one. 🙂

    Thirty years of working with children does tend to influence your thinking. 🙂


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