We Used to Vacation on Mars, Too, and the Little Martians? They Were So Nice.


Princess: You remember that time you drank two glasses of wine and drove me to ballet class and you ran into a ditch?

Me: What?!

Princess: You drank two glasses of wine before you took me to ballet and you ran the car into a ditch.

Me: That never happened! First of all, your ballet class was at 3 in the afternoon so I was certainly never drinking wine and taking you to ballet, and second of all, Texas is flat and there weren’t any ditches around there, and third, I’ve never driven my car into a ditch in my life. (A river, maybe. But not a ditch…. And I wasn’t drinking!) What else do you remember about when we lived in Texas? The pet elephant you rode around the yard every day after school?

16 walks into the room.

Me: Tell her I never drank two glasses of wine and took her to ballet and ran the car into a ditch.

16: I told her that never happened the last time I heard her telling people that story.


16: Yeah, but when I heard her tell it, you had four glasses of wine.



  1. Kim A. says:

    She’ll have a great career on the stage, Suzanne! :rotfl:


  2. Shirley says:

    Don’t you just love it when they do things like that to you?

    My four year old granddaughter tells people I run red lights. The red lights she sees are the ones out the side windows that belong to the side traffic, but you can’t convnce her any different.

  3. Biddy says:

    So she is a storyteller is she?? Wonder where she gets that from??

  4. Cyndi Lewis says:

    Oh, that is too funny- from my point of view at least. Probably not so much from yours. I have a friend who was talking to her little girl’s kindergarten teacher and she had her 3 year old son along. Out of the blue her son says, “My mom hits me.” Of course my friend does not hit her son. He said it twice. I mean, what do you do with that? How do you even began to explain that? Life is never dull with kids.

  5. becki says:

    For the past year, my mom has been telling my brothers a story of the time (25 years ago) I snuck out of the house and to a Barry Manilow concert I had been forbidden to attend. My mom found out what I was up to, and along with my alleged cohort’s mom, went downtown, found us at the concert, and proceeded to promptly take us home.

    THIS NEVER HAPPENED!!!!! I was so obedient and timid I doubt I even crossed the street without permission.

    Anyway, my mom has been telling this story to my brothers, and I finally found out about this about a month ago, and explained how this had never happened.

    My oldest brother admitted to being disappointed. He was thrilled I had done something so rebellious (come on Scott-Barry Manilow rebellious?)

    My mom has convinced herself her story is true. My daughter wishes the story was true so if she ever does anything like that, I’d be understanding.

    My husband has said we (my daughter and I) can go to all the Barry Manilow concerts we’d like.

    I think she ran screaming from the room.

  6. kacey says:

    becki, too funny on the Barry Manilow rebellion!

    Well, Suzanne, Princess has probably been telling some other great stories too…wonder what THOSE are… 😮

  7. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    How come our lives are more exciting when our children tell things they remember :shocked: Is it because we lead such dull ordinary life that they want to jazz us up a little? Of course, it would be nice if it was positive rather than negative. At least, they talk about us. I hope you live this down, Suz. You now have a rep to uphold. Have a great day and :hug: to all.

  8. Amy says:

    :cattail: She’s going to be a writer like her Mom!

  9. annie says:

    There have been studies done that show the “memories” we make up stay with us longer and are stronger than events that actually happened. At this point, I’d put down the large glass of pinot noir I have in my hand and tell her she didn’t take ballet lessons.

  10. Tori Lennox says:

    OMG! I think I’d do more than fall over in a dead faint. *g*

  11. Estella says:

    It’s amazing how children remember things differently than adults.

  12. catslady says:

    Princess has her mother’s imagination 😆 I think going with a lighter shade of mudpie is going to be perfect. And my saga on the kaluha – it came out great (maybe I should have simmered a bit more but it was still good). We had kaluha and coffee last night. Then this afternoon while moving things around in my refrigerator I dropped the container with the kaluha :hissyfit: :hissyfit: :hissyfit:

  13. Susan says:

    Princess has a vivid imagination! 😆

  14. Maria says:

    Ah, the truth comes out!! Princess, never stop embarassing our mom. It amuses us and keeps her on her toes.

  15. rebecca says:

    Ahahahahahahahaaa! Well that explains driving the SUV into the river.



  16. Elcie says:

    Wow. 😮 I’m pretty sure if my mother ever caught me telling that kind of story I wouldn’t live to tell it again.

    Pretty funny, though, from an uninvolved point-of-view. Funny how kids come up with these stories and repeat them so many times they convince themselves it’s true.

  17. Suzanne McMinn says:

    catslady, I am so upset about your Kahlua!! You must make more!!

  18. jaq says:

    My son like to do this to me to freak me out, especially if we’ve been watching a Jerry Springer type show with lots of crazy family drama/in-fighting, or one of the courtroom shows where the kids are suing the parents. He’ll look at me and say something like, “Hey, mom, rememeber the time you beat me, then locked me in the closet for 2 days?” or “Remember the time you fed me dog-food, then threw me over the balcony?”


    First of all, we don’t have locks on our closets. Brat.

  19. catslady says:

    I saved two or three inches of Kaluha and I’m treating it like gold – at least until I get to the store and buy some more vanilla – yeah, I can be such a klutz. I’m still finding it in weird places where it splattered – and you can imagine how sticky everything is :hissyfit:

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