Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fact Vs Opinion

“What’s up, buddy? You look upset,” I said to my son Tommy the other night. He had a homework page in front of him and he was thumping his pencil against it angrily.

“I don’t understand this,” he whined, pushing the paper away.

I went over to look at the page and saw it was about Fact and Opinion. On the top part you had to circle if the statement was fact or opinion. And then you had to write your own fact and opinion.

“So you don’t know the difference?” I wondered as my husband Tom walked in and peered down at the paper.

“Oh, that’s easy! For your fact, write “My Mom buys too many clothes for me!” Tom said cheerfully as he took a big bite from an apple.

I was not amused.

“Excuse me? I don’t think the kids have too much. That would be an opinion,” I said, folding my arms over my chest.

“It’s a fact. I can prove it. Come on,” Tom said and started heading up the stairs.

Tommy and I exchanged a glance but then followed him. Tom was standing in front of Tommy’s closet and he threw it open and gestured with his free hand. “Wa-lah! Too much!”

Tommy’s brows furrowed.

I waved a hand in the air. “I disagree. That’s an opinion. This is probably nothing compared to rich people. They probably have walk in closets for their kids. This closet is tiny.” I stared at Tommy. “So this would be an opinion.”

Tommy’s nose wrinkled.

“But…here’s a fact for you: You can write ‘My Daddy is a slob,’” I added with a sharp nod.

Now it was Tom’s turn to make a face. “Excuse me? I just did the dishes last night,” he argued.

“Come with me, Tommy,” I said and headed for our bedroom.

Both boys followed at my heels. I pointed to a pair of Tom’s underwear and socks that were thrown right BESIDE the laundry basket. I’ve never understood this. Why can’t he take the extra time and throw them IN the laundry basket? Why are things always BESIDE the laundry basket?

“So you can write, ‘My Daddy is a slob,’ because this is proof,” I said, shoving Tom’s disgusting sock with my toe.

“I disagree! This is an opinion. All wives aren’t anal like you are and wouldn’t mind scooping their husband’s clothes up after he’s had a long day at work,” Tom said, sticking his tongue out at me. There were apple bits on it. Gross.

“Tommy, you can also write, “My Daddy has bad manners,’” I suggested.

Tommy looked at Tom, then at me, and then back to Tom. “I’m confused,” he admitted.

“Write, ‘My Mommy goes shopping too much!’” Tom shouted right as I yelled, “Write ‘My Daddy is a slob!’”

Tom and I were so busy bickering that we didn’t even realize that Tommy had left.

“Where did he go?” I asked Tom.

He shrugged and finished up his apple. “I don’t know.”

We headed downstairs and found Tommy at the table.

“I’m going to write, ‘My Mommy and Daddy confuse me,’” he told us.



  1. (sniff)(sniff)
    do you have any of margarets pastry left?

  2. No, I'm sorry Nooter. I ate every last crumb...

  3. That's so funny! I would be confused too..

  4. Enjoyed your post.
    I'd be confused as well.
    I repeat for one more time.I love your vintage pick in your profile!

  5. I get it now!
    You can make anything funny!

  6. Boo-yah!

    Even "I'm confused" would have been a good fact...

    In my opinion, this is one your better entries! :)

  7. I'm confused too. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at your house.

  8. I have had that argument with my husband! Except we're starting early--confusing our son in the womb...

  9. Fact: You are sooo funny.

    Opinion: That's my opinion, too!

    No confusion here! :)

  10. I think every mommy and daddy are confusing - it goes with the turf.

  11. hahahaha thats great! love ur blog just started reading today!!

    Follow my blog!

  12. They just don't know when to leave well enough alone, do they??? ~rolls eyes~

  13. I'm just glad this wasn't a story problem. Math would just make it more confusing!

  14. Good to know my husband isn't the only one who leaves dirty clothes within inches of the laundry basket. And if yours is anything else like mine, you better go check those dishes for food stuck to them. LOL!!!

  15. I'm waiting for the day that the 'Tom Guest Post' arrives....

  16. Poor kid will never graduate :) I am glad to see that I am not the only one making life harder on my kids!!

  17. Soon he can write,l "I spend Wednesday nights and every other weekend at my dad's apartment."

  18. Haha! Oh man, poor kid.

    My husband does the same thing with his socks. I, in fact, DO mind picking them up. After a long day of being on his feet, they're gross and the last thing I want to touch.

  19. Def. fact men are pigs and slobs and all the above!! lol Well,I Tommy had a point! lol

  20. Go Tommy! Has there ever been a truer fact?!

  21. Hahahaha!

    I'm sure you don't spend close to what the family I nanny for spends on clothes every season.

  22. LOL - you write like I live. Love your blog! Stop by me for a visit and some of my funny life drama of my own. http://www.maxedmom.blogspot.com

  23. I have to agree with Tommy, I was a little confused too.

  24. OH NO!!! I love what Tommy said at the end though, LOL, smart kid there. You and your hubby are so funny :)

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  26. WW, your hubby must so love your blog. It must be brilliant to know he is now an internet sensation and every silly thing he utters is put up on here.

    Please, keep them coming.

  27. You win todays award for making me smile the most!! (Honored, aren't you?)

    Love it!! :)


  28. I would love to visit your house so that I could witness the fun first-hand!

  29. Funny! Glad to read that sarcasm is alive and well in other homes besides mine=)

    Stopping by from SITS

  30. I completely relate to this. I in no way buy too many clothes for my kids and my husband is a total slob.

  31. That united parental front just crumbled like oatmeal and brown sugar apple crisp topping. Add some more butter. :D

    Funny post! You'd be horror struck at my kids closet. All their clothes (James and Jesse's) fit into half of a closet. I buy 5-7 sets of clothing (jeans, shirts, sweatshirts, and pajama's) twice a year for them. $600 max for two kids for the year is spent at Kohl's.

  32. OMG poor Tommy - after that I bet he didn't know if he was coming or going! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. BTW, stop by my blog. I have an award for you.

  34. Gah, my husband takes his socks off in the living room and leaves the nasty socks there. Right there. Living room floor. If I'm lucky he'll toss them at the base of the washing machine. But what's worse? He uses washcloths to...uhm...wipe a #2. And he LEAVES THEM ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR. I refuse..REFUSE to deal with that. So I leave those nasty folded squares of fabric until he gets a clue and picks them up his darn self. Gross.

  35. Well, that is a fact! They are funny, there's an opinion for him!

  36. Way to teach him! Now he knows what a fact is, for sure.


  37. Omg my sister sent me this blog and YOU are one funny lady! Love reading you stuff :)


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