An Undeserved Punishment.

It was a Monday in January 1969; a windless sunny day and we were on the beach. I was almost 17, have just passed the 11th grade and would start my final year in school in a week or two. The tourist season was at an end and the beach was fairly quiet.

It was my mother, my father, my two brothers, my sister and I. Also with us was my father’s best friend, our local preacher man with his wife, two sons and a daughter.conversing

We were all sitting under beach umbrellas while my mother dished up food that came with the picnic basket. The stage was set for the disaster about to come.pizza

Along came a man, visibly drunk, carrying a gallon of cheap wine. He was followed by a woman carrying picnic basket. Next came a string of 8 children, ranging from about 16 to 5 in age, each one carrying something. The man pointed to a spot right next to us and declared that they will sit right there. Every second word started with a capital ‘F’.doh

The man got talkative and asked my father if he was on leave for being able to relax on the beach on a Monday. My father confirmed that he was on leave.blah blah

And you, big man, the man said to our preacher, who must have had a good physique before his stomach ran off for a career of its own. Are you also on leave or did you book off sick for the day? Note that the F-words were still used very lavishly.uh oh

No, said our preacher, I don’t work on Mondays, it is my day off.

That is funny, he said, my day off is on a Sunday.

No, our preacher replied, on Sundays I work full time.

The man looked at our preacher with real incredibility in his eyes. F*ck, he said with disgust, but you’re working for a shit boss.shock

I started laughing uncontrollably and so did all the other kids. Eventually I left my food and went into the water, still laughing and within a minute I was joined by the preacher’s eldest son. Every time we looked at each other, we started laughing again.rolling on the floor laughing

That night, about five weeks before my 17th birthday, we had another kitchen table trial. The charge? Being a bad example. My father ruled that I was not too old for a hiding and afterwards, while I stood in my bedroom rubbing my stinging backside, I was still laughing. I daresay, my last hiding was about the only one I did not deserve.laugh
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Enjoy this day and remember, Tuesday's child is full of grace.wave

Comments (42)

Mimi1973
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Aaahhh...so cute the story. Thanks again Catfoot kiss teddybear hug
Jerky76
Hi Cat...nice funny story, thanks!

Few weeks ago, I was surprised to see the owner of the supermarket beside us was very drunk. The supermarket is right in front of the mosque and his older brother is a high shiekh in the mosque. He's drunk but very charming and nicely asked me to hurry up cos he could hardly stand. At the counter, he was having hard time with the cash register so he decided to count and add up on his own...he kept swaying back and front, very confused and couldn't do the math at all...I was laughing and simply let him count and recount, he came up with half of the total amount I was supposed to pay so I decided to take over and paid for my stuffs. When I got out, I heard stuffs crashing...the poor guy feel on trays of eggs and knocked down canned foods on to himself and couldn't get up at all. I couldn't help him so I called the neighbors to come to his rescue..grin laugh
Welela
Good afternoon Catfoot, thank you for yet an interesting story. I hope the sun is shining on you as it does on me in this writing moment, soon it is our 17th of May and it is our 200 years of independence that is celebrated. Yeah, Norway, 200 year of Independence. Hurray!yay teddybear hug
Thats funny.....something similar happened to my brother and his friend......They were both at a park having a barbecue with their kids. A few tables over were a group of men that were drinking and being loud and rude using cuss words in every sentence. Now my brother is not one to go confront anyone about such things but his friend was Samoan, and they did not want their kids hearing all this trash, so he went over to them and asked them kindly to tone it down. They were hesitant, but eventually just went right back to being loud a cursing. He asked them again to please refrain for the children's sake, but again they ignored him. The third time he went over to them and told them to leave....there were 4 of them so they thought it was ridiculous for one man to be telling 4 other men what to do and refused. My brothers Samoan friend said "which one of you guys wanna get your a** kicked first,".....? As they stepped up in pairs, he systematically beat all four of them to the ground until they couldn't even get up. My brother, his children, and his friends children just looked on in awe.
Calleis
Poor Cat! You didn't deserve this at all! Let me kiss your stinges off.. kiss kiss kiss
Thondae
Great blog Cat,hope you are having a good day. I was born on a Friday. It was Friday 13 in August. I am not a scary person though.
phoenixFH
This is really funny! Cat.

The more I read ,the more I laughing... laugh

The drunk man with his wife and their 8 kids followed sounds like "an army of penguins paraded along the beach".laugh rolling on the floor laughing and what they carried one by one I just wonder?

The conversations are also funny... laugh

Oh, it's time for me to sleep now.

Thanks for making me happy and enjoy your day ! wine wave
phoenixFH
Again , Cat:

Found these online, I like to read but don't know the implication(meaning). Can you give me a clue? Thanks ahead !

Monday's Child is fair of face,
Tuesday's Child is full of grace,
Wednesday's Child is full of woe,
Thursday's Child has far to go,
Friday's Child is loving and giving,
Saturday's Child works hard for a living,
But the Child that is born on the Sabbath Day,
Is witty and wise and good and gay! wave
Catfoot
Hi Mimi
Yes, I found it funny too and paid the price for it. Actually my father made a very good case of it. He explained that if I did not behave so bad, they could have explained to the man that our preacher worked for the best Boss in the universe.
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Catfoot
Hi Jerky
I can remember we had a similar shopkeeper - took over when his father died - but the business did not last.
grin dunno doh
Catfoot
Hi Wel
I can assure you that my posterior end did not find it interesting at all.

Independence day? I don't know your history at all and thought Norway was always independent. I will have to do some reading on it.doh
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Catfoot
Hi Ck
Although I also use a curse here and there I keep it below the clouds and above the belt and NEVER in front of children or ladies.

He did ask them more than once and I guess they had it coming to them.
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Catfoot
Hi Calleis,
You want to kiss my WHAT?wow
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Catfoot
Hi Thondae
Friday's Child is loving and giving.

My mother was too busy during the week. I was born on a Saturday.laugh
Saturday's Child works hard for a living.doh
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Calleis
Cat, didn't you mean your back? I can give you a massage instead! smitten laugh
Calleis
Honestly, I still feel sorry for what happened to you that day! help moping
Catfoot
Hi Phoenix
Yes, they looked very much like a set of organ pipes.

Hmm, It is a very well known poem. I based a blog on it some months ago. I think everybody in the West knows it. For a moments I forgot that we have different cultures here.doh
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Welela
Catfoot, shame on you! Norway has been under both Denmark and Sweden for years... but on the 17th of may 1814 they did sing the independence assignment and we have been on our own feet after that. And see where it took us with the oil in the North Sea... Yes, we are lucky to celebrate 200 years of independence. Congratulation Norway!yay teddybear hug
Catfoot
Hi Wel
Congratulations Norway!applause cheering
See, contrary to popular believe there are thing I don't know.laugh rolling on the floor laughing
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Lukeon
handshake Good ol days... rolling on the floor laughing Preacher's boss was sure to understand why he took off...rolling on the floor laughing cheers gift
Catfoot
Hi Calleis
No worries there. My father never disciplined us in anger. It was token punishment. Oh, it was sore sometimes but I never had a mark on me a few hours later. But thanks for the sympathy.
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Catfoot
Hi Lukie
I'm sure He had a good giggle about it too.laugh
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Welela
Catfoot, good for you, good for you!laugh yay teddybear
Catfoot
Hi Wel
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Bajanshay
Hi Cat,
Sorry for laughing but it is too funny. rolling on the floor laughing not too sure if the punishment was undeserved dunno you did start the ball rolling.rolling on the floor laughing
Catfoot
Hi Shay
So you think I deserved it. Good to now who my allies are.laugh
I could have done with a bit of sympathy.
You know how sensitive I am.grin doh
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I remember that day well, I was at work & it was pigging cold doh Ok maybe I don't remember it as such but every Monday in January is cold in London laugh rolling on the floor laughing laugh beer
Bajanshay
@cat,
Now please note I am always on your side but I am honest too tongue
Bajanshay
@zman,
Hi how are you? wave
Catfoot
Hi Z
Yes, I can still remember how quiet you used to sit in the front row of the Sunday school; and how neatly your hair was combed. You had more then.
laugh grin doh
Catfoot
Hi Shay
I thought honest meant to agree with me.confused
laugh grin doh
Bajanshay
@cat,
LOL.... Really? rolling on the floor laughing nope but I am on your side always hug
Catfoot
Honestly!doh
grin laugh
If you can see me in Sunday school all I can say is you have a vivid imagination uh oh wow laugh

Hi Shay, I'm fine, how's you dunno wine
Bajanshay
@cat,
Methinks you have lots of support already grin so mine won't be missed. rolling on the floor laughing
Bajanshay
@zman,
I am okay.. Fighting a cold and working hard.sigh but will be on leave soon.grin
Catfoot
Z
that boy looked just like you.laugh
No imagining here. but if you are sensitive about going to Sunday school, I will keep it as a secret.
grin doh
Catfoot
Shay.
I would seem that you have made your mind up about it. So I will have to put it in my pipe and smoke it.laugh
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Bajanshay
@cat,
Just remember I will always your back kiss hug
Catfoot
Be careful, I might hold you to that.laugh
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Anyway, going to Lala Land now.yawn sleep
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