Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    Holly…as usual, saying before thinking… ;)

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 2 years ago

    Methinks this is also Alix’s punishment for “teaching” the dog how to wash dishes yesterday.

  3. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, over 2 years ago

    Aaand the “Volunteer” Cleanup award this session goes to Holly!! With Alix granting her the “Sister I would most like to Throttle” award.

  4. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, over 2 years ago

    Holly, don’t give your mom a straight line like that.
    It’s just too tempting to pass up.

  5. Hekko

    Hekko said, over 2 years ago

    @templo SUD – I don’t think that helping with chores is a punishment for girls their age! Val can’t do it all alone.

  6. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 2 years ago

    For some reason, those girls are under the impression that their life is a ‘free ride’. I think ‘washing mouths out with soap’ should be brought back as a punishment for offenses other than ‘colorful’ language—for making ’smarta** remarks such as Holly made to a parent.

  7. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 2 years ago

    Getting my grandkids to clean up is like pushing a string. I could make them do it, but then I’d wind up on Page 2B of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – or maybe Page 1B. (And we’re not even in the Journal’s covered area.)

  8. dawnk777

    dawnk777 said, over 2 years ago

    I was expected to do chores when I was their age!

  9. Agingstoner

    Agingstoner said, over 2 years ago


    Go back to your rocking chair and listen to your Vitrola, Gramps.

  10. locake

    locake said, over 2 years ago

    The mom should just tell the girls to do the chores. Not just make a comment about them like she is having a conversation. Be direct.

  11. corpcasselbury

    corpcasselbury said, over 2 years ago


    What makes you think he’s old? I was also expected to do my fair share while growing up, and I’m only 52. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having the kids help out around the house; it teaches them responsibility and the necessity of cleanliness.

  12. heatherjasper

    heatherjasper said, over 2 years ago

    Mom: There’s a piece of trash on the floor.
    Me: Pick it up. You’re two inches from it.
    Someone picked up the trash, and it wasn’t Mom.

  13. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    First, my middle kid once told me that I only had children to do all my work!

    Second, when this place got messy, hubby would start – “Whose boots are those in the hall? Are those your mom’s school books? Whose hat is that?” In other words, don’t expect somebody to follow you around and pick up the pieces.

  14. Doctor11

    Doctor11 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m with their mom, the girls need to do their own chores.

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    When I was a kid I had to do my fair share around the house for the apparent privilege of showing up there in the late evening to sleep and leaving quickly in the morning. I was expected to paint the house and fence, shovel the snow and mow the lawn and take out the trash, and most importantly stay away from the house because I made my mother nervous. Well, I should say more nervous than she already was. So I had to be able to support myself. I was always working outside the house with various odd jobs. Hunger is a powerful motivator. One time I thought I would go on strike. I decided I was tired of working all the time in farm jobs and traveling exhausted and starving by bicycle to grocery stores and restaurants to eat. No one else had to do that. My parents were fat. I only lasted 3 days. There is something primordial about hunger. From then on I always very scared and made sure to have several odd jobs going at the same time. Some adults would complement me on my apparent drive and ambition and tell me I would go far in life. Most just ignored me since I looked starved and filthy and needy, like a beaten and unwanted dog. When I got to college totally unprepared it was a bit of a shock after that praise. There is a difference between working hard and working smart.

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