Dear Mom…

I saw this on Facebook the other day…


It’s prompted me to tell you a little story.

I don’t know if any of you were fans of the movie Little Rascals.  Growing up at our house, that was a VHS tape we had that had and our kids watched it repeatedly.  Me, I remember the classic Little Rascals.  I loved both the series that I watched and the movie of my kids’ times.

The scene where Alfalfa writes the letter to Darla was one of the kids’ favorite scenes.  If you don’t remember, here’s the link.

It’s the same scene that was quoted in the meme I saw on Facebook.  This scene always made me laugh but it became a huge family laugh after I was in Wal-Mart one day with Karl and Kalissa.

Here’s the story….We were at the checkout and Karl really wanted a piece a of candy.  I was a mean mom and didn’t allow candy at the checkout.  With five kids, I would have gone broke!  Besides, the kids didn’t need it.

The gal had started scanning our items when Karl asked for candy and I said no, then four-year-old Karl said, “Dear Mom, I hate your stinking guts.  You make me vomit. You are scum between my toes”.  I knew he was quoting the movie.  I wasn’t mad.

Karl was just a four-year-old boy making a joke.  He really wasn’t angry with me.  Well, the clerk thought he was a terrible boy as she looked at me with the expression, “Aren’t you going to do something about that?”

Me, I just laughed, rumpled Karl’s hair, and said, “Sorry Karl, no candy.”  Then Karl and I both burst out laughing.

That has, and for always and forever be my favorite “Karl at Wal-mart stories”…but I will admit that there isn’t a lot of competition.  Karl’s other Wal-mart stories include disappearing and me having to cart the other four kids to the front of the store and put out a missing kid alert.  I was so scared.  Another time he laid on the floor of Wal-mart and proceeded to have the full kicking and screaming tantrum they show kids having in movies.  Yep…Karl did that.  I just took the other kids and walked away.  Kayla who was in first grade turned and looked at me and said, “Aren’t you going to do something about that?”  AHHH!!  I had five kids at Wal-mart.  Kelli was the oldest in second grade and Kalissa was a baby in a car seat.  I didn’t do anything and eventually, he got off the floor and caught up with us.  Oh my.  I can honestly say I don’t miss taking them all to Wal-mart.

Anyway…I have to say I agree with the sentiment of the meme…”Dear Rona, I do hate your stinking guts!”…but thanks for helping me remember a different day and time when Karl was little and gave me a really big laugh.

9 thoughts on “Dear Mom…

  1. Donna T

    Cute stories!!! Poor Karl you get the last laugh since you get to repeat these stories for the rest of his life!!!!

  2. Cindy E

    I remember watching the Little Rascals on tv, but never saw the movie. Thanks for the look back, it was a long time ago. Thanks for sharing.

  3. brenda

    thanks for the memories ! my mother loved shopping. i think it was more of an information gathering sort of thing. many of those things she looked through showed up in her sewing for the two of us.the love of shopping did linger beyond that time in our lives. when they came to visit and my children were small, more than once we found my son asleep in the shoe dept waiting for us because he knew we would eventually find him there. of course, we had just gone through a panic search. again thanks for reminding

  4. Joan Irons

    Reminds me of a note I once got from one of my sons after I had sent him to his room as a punishment. The note was made into a paper airplane and came sailing out of his room – “Dear mom, you are the worst mother ever. Love, Scot.

  5. Theresa Leppert

    Only once did my youngest son hid from me. I looked and looked finally saw him hiding between a rake of shirts. I turned around. I said to my older son and he must want to stay at Kmart and started walking out. He ran to catch up with us. He now has a son that did the same thing He realizes now how scary it was. We all laughed.

  6. Kim J LeMere

    Lol, this story of Karl is hilarious! the clerk must of thought you were nuts not to just laugh with him and not be mad. The Little Rascals was such a cute show and the trouble they got in and out of……

  7. Stearns Carol

    Once after I left the grocery store, I found that my son at an early age had lifted a pack of gum. So back we went to the store and I made him pay for it. Lessons learned.

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