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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Only boring people are bored, dear.


When I was 14, I was complaining one summer to my mom that I was "so BORED". Her friend, Mickey Clause (her REAL name) looked me up and down and stated to me, "Only boring people are bored, dear. You need to find a good book to read." I was shocked, of course that ANYONE would dare call MOI boring, but I took her advice to heart and found more than a few good books to read that summer to help while away the many hours where I couldn't think of anything better to do.

Flash forward 23 years and now I have kids of my own. My kids are 10, soon to be 5, and 2-1/2 and they have never been the kind of kids who wanted to play outside for hours upon hours like I did at their age. BUT...they know better than to tell me that they are bored, because they know that the first thing out of my mouth will be Mickey's words. So to keep them in a ready supply of good books and videos, we make a trip once a week to our local library, where for $15 a year, we can check out up to 25 things at a time. Books, books on tape (for the car - Henry and Mudge's adventures are our current favorites - keep 'em quiet on the about town jaunts), videos, and magazines...all great ways to beat the boredom that those lazy days of summer can bring.

Plus, our library has summer reading programs for the kids as well as events on a near-daily basis the kids can attend if they want to. We signed K up for Terrific Tuesdays (arts and craft) and also for Intro to Sign Language on Thursdays. It has only been one week, but I think she's enjoying it so far...and the little ones are content to be read to while her events are going on - it counts for their summer reading program and gets them an hour closer to a free lunch at McDonalds!

This is what works for me! If you are looking for more ways to beat the boredom of summer with your kids, head on over to Shannon's at Rocks in My Dryer for this week's themed "Mom, I'm bored" WFMW.

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4 comments:

Kimberly said...

I love it! "Only boring people are bored..." I have got to remember that one. It isnt even summer vacation for us yet and my kids are already using the old "Im bored" phrase.

Mrs.X said...

Great quote! ThanX for the trip down memory lane -- reminded me of many a lazy summer afternoon spent devouring my stack of books from the bookmobile. :-)

ellen b said...

Love the quote. Sounds like something that would come out of a good old book!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it! My mom used that quote on us all the time. I don't know where she got it. I now have kids myself and she said the same thing to my kids. Boy were they SHOCKED that grandma would say something slightly negative about them...and it sure did work for them...just like it did for me. Keep the quote going!!!!