Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Writer's Workshop: Socks

Soo I have noticed a few of the folks I follow doing this thing called Writer's Workshop. It wasn't till recently I noticed this meme gives you several topics to choose from, so I thought I would check it out and see how it goes.
Mama's Losin' It
This week's assignments are:

1.) Choose a headline from The Today Show website and write up an opinion post based on the story you chose. I have reviewed the headlines for the last two days and either they get me agitated(or down right mad) or I really don't have an opinion worth writing about.

2.) Write a poem about the last thing that made you mad. Poems are Suzicate's forte. I do good to read them!

3.) Write about a joke that did not go over well. All my jokes end badly cause I forget parts or nearly all of them.

4.) Write a funny story involving socks. I do believe I can do this one, just don't know how funny it will be.

5.) It happened on Facebook...write about a funny or awkward conversation you saw unfold on Facebook. I am sooooooooo NOT going there!!


Oh sure I could write about the sock that always seems to lose its mate, but we all know how that ends...The sock monster that lives in the dryer took it!

Okay so on to my little story...
As most of you know (especially the poor or just plain old), the entertainment of children was once something that had to come from your imagination. In our house the Sock puppet was all the rage! Now I'm not talking about a store bought fancy one or even the some-what fancy ones that you decorate.
Like this one:

Even this one is better than what we had:

No, we had just a sock, a magic marker, a piece of furniture to hide behind and lots of imagination. The sock of course had to be one of dad's socks, they were the only ones that would cover your whole arm. We would draw faces, you know...just eyes, nose and mouth. We never could get very imaginative with the socks cause dad had to have them back for wearing. He only had a few pairs and we couldn't afford for him to spare any just for play.

Soo, as you can imagine...Dad walked around with sock puppets on his feet!

Sunday morning standing outside the church yapping with another family, dad had a pebble in his shoe and proceeded to take off his shoe. The other man just happened to look down and saw the puppet. Dad slipped his shoe back on, in embarrassment.
It was too late, all of us had seen it. Thankfully dad was reprieved from his embarrassment, by the thunderous laugh of this other man. They both got a real good chuckle out of it. Me, I was giggling!

Dad bought new socks the next month and gave us the old puppets!

Now go see Mama Kat and check out the other Writer's Workshop posts for this week.
Mama's Losin' It



SuziCate said... [Reply to comment]

Love sock puppets, loved making them as a child and loved making them with my kids. We made them once at one of my kids b-day parties and it was a BIG hit for everyone! Hey, I always bomb telling jokes, too!

mindy said... [Reply to comment]

That's such a cute story! It reminds me of a time when my dad buckled and allowed my kids to paint his toe nails. Pink. And then proceeded to forget all about it until he decided to go fishing with his buddy and needed to change into his float suit. All was going great until he took his shoes off...

purplume said... [Reply to comment]

I love your story. It's heartwarmingly chuckle-iscious.

I signed up for these prompts after seeing them on your post last week. I am going to take a pass on them this week and soon I'll be traveling without a computer. I'm happy to look at the prompts anyway.

Have your best week ever.

Spot said... [Reply to comment]

My mom never let us use socks to make puppets. We were given those brown paper lunch sacks and a jar of markers.

Great post Heather!

kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! least your Dad wasn't wearing socks with sandals!

Angelia Sims said... [Reply to comment]

Ha Ha! That is too funny and cute. What a nice story. :-)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i wanna go and make a sock puppet now! I'll use Mec's favourite pair - I'm sure she won't mind!!

Jimmy said... [Reply to comment]

I too remember the sock puppets, I can just imagine the look on your Dad's face when he pulled off his shoe to see the puppet looking up at him, now that's a memory

CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley) said... [Reply to comment]

That's awesome. Great story.

Coma Girl said... [Reply to comment]!!!!

And such a nice, cute story of your dad :)

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@SuziCate They were soo much fun! Glad I'm not the only one who can't deliver a joke!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@mindy That is hilarious!! The things dads and granddads will do for the children! LOL!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@purplume Glad ya liked it!
I hope you will like Writer's Workshop, I have so far.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Spot I forgot about those, yeah we did those too! Lots of fun!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@kathryn That would have been too much for me to handle, I would have been laughing the whole walk to church!!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Angelia Sims So glad you liked it! I figured it to be more on the sentimental side, than the funny side.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Eternally Distracted LOL!!! Play sock puppet with Max!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Jimmy It truly was priceless!! This memory has had me grinning for two days!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley) Welcome and thanks for stopping by!
Glad you liked it!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Coma Girl LOL! Glad you liked it. Welcome to my page and thanks for stopping in.

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

What a good sport your father was to let you do that to his socks! We would never have been allowed to do that.