Death by Painting-a Humorous Family Story to Celebrate Mother’s Day!

Today I’m sharing a humorous family story to celebrate Mother’s Day, titled “Death by Painting.” I’m also telling another humorous story at the site, titled “Grandma Fastbinder’s Naughty Love Affair with Limburger Cheese.” Also another author who has been my guest here previously Leann Harris is also posting a humorous family story on the Craftie Ladies of Romance Blog today, titled a Tribute to Mom. After reading it however, with my less ironic sense of humor, I’d have titled it “Two Generations of Bad Hair Days” So don’t miss hers too! Funny.

Well, here’s Death by Painting, a true story from my family.

When we lived in Iowa, our house weathered to the point that it needed to be repainted. Our son was around 12 and our daughter around 9 and I was around—oh, wait, that’s not germane to the story. Anyway I told my dh that we wouldn’t leave it all on his paint-spattered shoulders. We’d all do our parts.

While my dh would paint the big parts, I would sand and paint the trim around the doors and windows. Our son and daughter would paint the foundation and our son would paint the shed to match the house.

I was on the back deck painting a window which lay on newspaper on the picnic table there. From the corner of my eye, I noted that my son was not in the mood to paint. In fact, as I continue moving my brush in even strokes, I watched him “play-act” falling off the ladder.

I thought, “You little monkey, I’m not going to take that bait.” I put my brush down and went into the house and got my camera. I proceeded to go out to the “body” lying on the ground and clicked a few shots. Then I announced, “I’m going to call these pictures, Death by Painting.

What do you think his reaction was? He hopped up all smiles and then went back to painting without another complaint.


What they won’t do for a little attention. My son and daughter always needed what I called “creative” disciplining from time to time.

I plan to tell this story on my son for years to come! Do you have a funny story you could share here?Why not and maybe win a book?

I’m going to give away two copies of Daddy in the Making today to any who leave a family story here.

And I’m giving away more to those who visit and read about my clever Grandma Fastbinder! Join the fun!


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Lyn Cote welcomes other authors to her "Strong Women, Brave Stories" blog to share stories of women who triumph over the challenges common to all women.
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