Wednesday, May 25, 2011

YOU are in BIG trouble, young Lady!

this post is linked up with mamakat's writer's workshop...
I'm sure I heard that phrase (or something like it), "You're in big trouble, young Lady"  many times during my childhood.
To be honest, I'm not sure if Mom or Dad said that about this situation, but Man, Oh, Man was it implied!
When I was about 10 or 11, (old enough to know better) I went snooping for my Christmas presents  I was convinced by my brother to go snooping for our Christmas presents.  So, much as I love you, Bro, I think you'll agree there are many times I would NOT have gotten in trouble if I had told you "NO!"
So anyway, really close to Christmas this year...we were already out of school for the holidays.  I think Mom was asleep, and I was too until my younger brother came and woke me.
"Leslie! I found our Christmas presents."
Now if you know me, you know I am NOT a morning person! It takes me a little time to process anything when I first wake up!
Obviously, I was not thinking clearly because I just got up and followed him, with no regard for consequences what-so-ever.
I guess he'd been looking for awhile...somewhere along the way, he decided to get Mom's keys.  When he checked the trunk of her car, low and behold, there they all were!
We rifled through there figuring out what was mine and what was his.  I was so excited! I have ALWAYS loved music and one off my gifts was a small keyboard.
I truly do not remember what else was in there for me - the keyboard was it for me!
And believe it or not, we didn't get busted while we were in there poking around.
We put everything back, Mom was still sleeping, and none-the-wiser; or so we thought...
The next time Mom went to put something in her trunk, I guess she knew there'd been a breach!
We got a lecture; as punishment we were told all of the gifts we saw were going back.  We shouldn't get too excited; we wouldn't be getting any of them!
I was devastated!
Keep in mind, this was a few days, maybe a week, before Christmas! In my mind, what could possibly be out there better than that keyboard?
In the end, we did actually receive the gifts we saw.  BUT it really wasn't as great to open them...the surprise was that we still received them, not that we were "receiving" them for the first time.
As a parent, I totally understand how disappointed Mom and Dad must have been! We were old enough to no longer think Santa brought the gifts, and so is my Sweetpea. But one of the best parts of gifting, especially to children is seeing the look on their little faces! Experiencing the excitement with them the first time!
We robbed our parents of that opportunity and for that I am truly sorry! 
The trouble we got in, probably wasn't BIG enough for what we did.
Sorry, Mom and Dad!


  1. Aw, now that you're older, you understand the disappointment your parents felt.
    I also chose this prompt today. (Don't we really feel guilty for those things we did wrong?!)
    Visiting from Mama Kat's

  2. I only snooped once as a child and could not find anything in my Mom's closet so I gave up. Found out as a older child that they hid them in the attic that way they could hear us lower the ladder if we tried to snoop ;)

  3. LOL! I went snooping once and tried to stay up and wait for Santa. The next morning woke to not one single present. Later that morning after much moping and kicking myself for snooping and trying to out smart Santa, I did get them. Apparently Santa put them in my daddy's car to teach a little lady a lesson.

  4. That was very naughty! I bet you guys learned your lessons after. I don't thing I remember ever finding any my presents as a kid. It was always a surprise. Hmmmm....where did they hide all those presents??!!

    (PS. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier too!)

  5. What a cute picture! I never snooped because I loved that moment of surprise. It was all about the drama for me. I love the drama.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. What a cute story. I was never smart enough to find my parent's gifts for us!!

  7. I just snooped once as a kid and couldn't discover anything in my Mom's storage room so I surrendered. It was fun actually, haha!