Sentimentality Test.

by Englishman 17 Replies latest jw friends

  • Englishman

    OK, Folks, this yet another of those "What do you think of American ******?"

    I thought I'd take a peek at the issue of sentimentality. As you know, us Brits are a stiff-upper lip emotionally constipated bunch , and the Ozzies are so macho that they squeak, so I thought that it might be fun if I submitted something for us all to give our respective opinions about and see if there were some global differences surfacing.

    Here's the lyrics to an old song that was once frequently played on UK radio.

    The question is this: Do the following lyrics make you feel:

    (a) All warm and fuzzy........(z) Sympathetic with persons inclined to be stranglers.

    Melba Montgomery


    My little boy came into the kitchen this evenin'
    While I was fixin' supper
    And he handed me a piece of paper he'd been writin' on
    And after wipin' my hands on my apron
    I read it - and this is what it said:

    For mowin' the yard - five dollars
    And for makin' my own bed this week - one dollar
    And for goin' to the store - fifty cents
    An' playin' with little brother, while you went shoppin' - twenty-five
    Takin' out the trash - one dollar
    Gettin' a good report card - five dollars
    And for rakin' the yard - two dollars
    Total owed - fourteen seventy-five.

    Well, I looked at 'im standin' there expectantly
    And a thousand mem'ries flashed through my mind
    So I picked up the pen, turnin' the paper over,
    This is what I wrote:

    For nine months I carried you
    Growin' inside me - NO CHARGE
    For the nights I've sat up with you,
    Doctored you, prayed for you - NO CHARGE
    For the time and the tears.
    And the cost through the years, there's NO CHARGE
    When you add it all up.
    The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE.

    For the nights filled with dread
    And the worries ahead - NO CHARGE
    For advice and the knowledge
    And the cost of your college - NO CHARGE
    For the toys, food and clothes and for wipin' your nose
    There's NO CHARGE, son
    When you add it all up,
    The full cost of my love, is - NO CHARGE.

    Well, when he finished readin'
    He had great big old tears in his eyes
    And he looked up at me and he said,
    "Mama, I sure do love you."
    Then he took the pen,
    And in great big letters
    He wrote: "PAID IN FULL."

    When you add it all up
    The cost of real love is - NO CHARGE.


  • expatbrit

    Stupid kid. Suckered by the old emotional blackmail ploy. He'll probably end up flipping burgers in McDonalds.


  • safe4kids

    Awwwwwwww Eman *sniffles and wipes away a tear*

    *blows snotty nose on expat's sleeve* Yer tough guy act don't fool me!!! Hehehehe


  • Celia

    ....tears swelling into my eyes.... knot in my throat.... and I am neither British nor American

  • Ghost of Esmeralda
    Ghost of Esmeralda

    Okay. As a woman who cries at Disney movies and Hallmark card commercials, I am amazed that song didn't effect me, in the least. Seems to me the kid should've known his mum's value before writing that little bill up for her!

    But I have a story that may very well get to even the toughest here. This really happened, the other night.

    My daughter, knowing I was feeling very low this week over JW related family stuff... well, when I was brushing her hair to put into curlers for the upcoming family event she was going to, (she had asked me if I wanted her to stay home. I said no, you were invited you should go if you want to. She said "I don't want to think of you being sad, Mom." and I said "everyone gets sad sometimes, honey, and this has nothing to do with you. Go, and have fun." and I meant it but I digress)

    Anyway, while I was rolling her hair up, she started running her little hand up and down my arm and singing "You are my sunshine" to me.

    When she was done, she said "Mom, you'll always be my sunshine. I love you."

    Kleenex, anyone??!!!


    as sentimental (or mental, your choice) as they come.

  • expatbrit

    Note to self: don't ever wear short-sleeved shirts around Dana.


  • Aztec

    Stupid kid! He should've taken the bill and added a charge for having to listen to that. :p ~Aztec

  • jst2laws

    Damit Eman,

    Because I am too emotional for a macho American (I sometimes get emotional watching commercials) I avoided this thread.

    I finally read it and cannot see the keyboard to type.


  • Xena

    I am gonna print it out and make my daughter read it everytime she wants money from me for doing stuff..

    Thanks Englishman

  • expatbrit


    I have an opening for fourth wife. Send me your resume'.


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