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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Writing On The Wall

Patience is certainly a virtue my son, Josh, sadly lacks.

Growing up, Josh had quite a temper and his raging outbursts when things didn't go his way used to cause me great alarm.

I recall a funny (not so funny then) incident that happened when he was little.

Josh was attempting to fly his kite together with his younger brother and cousin when all three kites became entangled.

The boys tried to unravel their strings. While the other two patiently worked on the tangled mess, Josh gave up and threw a hissy fit. He started to shout and stamp about, impatient to get his kite flying again.

We were in my uncle's village and there were chickens running around.

Suddenly, a cockerel that was perching on a fence near Josh started to crow loudly.

"You! Shut up!" Josh yelled angrily at the cockerel!

Several villagers who witnessed the whole incident burst out laughing!

*"Ayam pun kena marah!"  One of the villagers remarked amusedly in Malay.

*Loosely translates as "even the chicken gets scolded"

I was more angry at his bad behavior than amused but looking back, it was pretty hilarious!

You should have seen the look on the cockerel's face!

After the chicken episode, I stuck this wall decal in Josh's room as a daily reminder of his short fuse.
I am happy to say that over the years, he has learnt to tame his temper.


  1. That is a great saying and I'm glad it helped Josh! Might have to print it out and put it on my bathroom mirror!


  2. Sadly I have to admit I've had a few "Josh moments" myself. Fortunately I'm growing out of it! Thank you for the reminder.
    Thanks for sharing at

  3. That's a funny story. I'm glad he is better at it now...but that is hard to learn. I am not patient either and I am an "emotional thinker" which is never good. I have to learn to settle myself before I speak or act.

  4. I'm happy he has learned to tame his temper. It's funny what's funny now that was so horrifying back the.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Veronica. ♥

  5. I also used to have a very bad temper but yes I have also learnt to control it over the years! Keep well Diane

  6. I use to be the same, these days I've learned it doesn't solve anything by getting upset, but it's more of a maturity/getting older thing.

  7. My younger one has similar outbursts..
    Its wonderful to see our children grow wiser and more patient with age.
    There are still many adults out there who lack in patience.

  8. Nice post and quite funny with the cockeral heheh!

    Glad he has now settled down somewhat well done Josh :-)

    Have a safetastic week Veronica 😷😷😷

  9. Thanks for sharing this story - many of us at times lose our patience and temper.

  10. That is really funny, especially since we have a granddaughter like that. Let's hope she turns out to cool it like Josh.

  11. Patience is a quality we hopefully learn in youth. Our entire world is depending on it during this pandemic. Some things simply won't be rushed.

  12. This is really a wonderful saying! Lovely Post!

  13. ...being patient is a work in progress for me.

  14. A funny story. Then it was more fun for others. :)
    I like the quote. :)
    Have a nice day, Veronica!

  15. Veronica,

    Patience is definitely not a virtue of the young but hopefully with time each learns to have more of it, especially after one becomes a parent, right? It's been a long time. I hope you and yours are well. Have a blessed day, my dear!

    Curious as a Cathy

  16. The incident indeed seems so hialrious on hindsight!

  17. Well, you educated your son wisely, and I like that very much. Congratulations!

  18. Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  19. Ahh what a craving you gave me for playing keyboards ...? It's been a few years since I've sung and I have to somehow get together and start singing. It's so relaxing and enjoyable to sing. It's therapy. 👍☺️

  20. Sometimes kids are wiser than the adults! But everything depends of interpretation, of course!
    Great image with the quote, piano and toy. ... Lovely music!
    Happy WW!

  21. That was funny! I am glad he has learned patience over time.

  22. What a wonderful thing for Josh to learn patient as he got older. I have lost my patience every now and then too. Love the wall decal!


  23. Love the sign! Fortunately, most of us outgrow things such as this.

    I'm so excited to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!! Thanks for linking.

  24. Thank you for sharing this nice child-story. I think the words at the wall helped!
    Greetings from Germany

  25. In my family it's only my husband who gets outbursts I would say for nothing and nobody even listens because it is just his temper ... he is Italian, and they are all like Vulcanos !

  26. I think patience is a learning experience. Love the saying you put on his wall.

  27. That's a sweet story.

    I could do with a bit more patience. ;) :D

  28. Cute story ... you were a good mom obviously! My mother’s prayer was “God grant me patience and I need it right now! “ )))

  29. Wow, Josh sounds like my older one, who gets into a short fuse once in a while.

    I'm sure your hard work paid. And that's a lovely poster you put up for him as a reminder. Love the piano and teddy moment too.

    Thanks for sharing the funny incident dear Vero.
    It made me feel less alone. And to laugh about their hissy fits. Ha! Ha!

    Much love to you my friend. Hope you are keeping sane and smiling your light in these unprecedented times.

    Big hugs <3