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    Don’t Upset The Apple Cart

    | VA, USA | Children, Grandparents, Sons & Daughters

    (My mom is visiting for the first time in several years, and comments repeatedly on how similar she, my daughter, and I are.)

    Mom: *to my daughter* “Well, THAT apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Did you, honey?”

    Daughter: “No! I don’t want to be an apple!”

    Mom: “All right, but you are a lot like your mom and me. What do you want to be?”

    Daughter: “I’m a PINEAPPLE!”

    Do You Want The Micro Or The Wave?

    | NY, USA | In-Laws, Parents & Guardians, Top

    (This is a story told to me by my mother, about her awful first marriage, which lasted a year to the day. Her ex-husband’s mother absolutely hates her, and the feeling is very mutual. For the one Christmas they spent together, she gave them a microwave. After the divorce, my mother’s ex-husband takes everything except said microwave. Then, one day, he shows up on my mother’s doorstep.)

    Ex-Husband: “Hi, I was wondering if I could have the microwave back?”

    Mom: “Uh, sure, I guess. I could get a new one for cheap – why?”

    Ex-Husband: “Well, my mom said she got it for me, and she wants it back now


    (Mentioning that it was his mother that really wanted it was his big mistake. My mom closes the door in his face. A couple days later, her ex-mother-in-law calls her.)

    Ex-Mother-In-Law: “My boy tells me you won’t give him his microwave back.”

    Mom: “Well, he got the house and all our furniture…”

    Ex-Mother-In-Law: “It’s his property!”

    Mom: “No, it belonged to both of us. You gave it to both of us.”

    Ex-Mother-In-Law: “I got it for HIM.”

    Mom: “Pity it doesn’t say that on the card.”

    (Her ex-mother-in-law, however, refuses to let it go, and calls my mom every day for a week. Finally, this happens.)

    Mom: “You know, I’ve been thinking it over. You did give it to both of us. It’s as much [Ex-Husband]‘s microwave as it is mine. It’s half his. So, do you want the half with the buttons, or the half with the cord?”

    Ex-Mother-In-Law: “Excuse me?”

    Mom: “I have a saw.”

    (She hung up, and my mom never heard from her again. And yes, she kept that microwave for a good ten years after.)

    Burning Desire To Buy It

    | Wexford, Ireland | Parents & Guardians

    (I’m an artist. My most recent painting hasn’t turned out so well.)

    Mum: “I’d like to buy your latest painting.”

    Me: “Really?!”

    Mum: “Yeah, so I can burn it.”

    A Hundred And Fifty Shades Of Grey

    | Switzerland | Siblings

    Sister: “What do you call a series of six books?”

    Me: “A sexology? No, wait…”

    Mom Just Wants To Keep Every Body Together

    | OK, USA | Parents & Guardians

    (I’ve recently moved halfway across the country from my parents – not out of any animosity, just where life took me. My mom isn’t crazy about the separation, and whenever she can find a reason to feel closer to me she does.)

    Mom: “[My Name], guess what?!”

    Me: “What?”

    Mom: “We just watched an episode of [True Crime Show], and the crime took place in [Nearby Town I plan to move to] and the body was found in [Town I currently live in]!”

    Me: “…yay?”

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