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Hunky Hubby with tools

Small mobs of kids surrounded our garage every Halloween when my husband carved pumpkins, not because he was especially artistic, but because he used a sawzall to carve them, and pumpkin insides and seeds sprayed everywhere while he worked. Our sprinkler system had “more power”, and when my mixer broke while I was making a birthday cake, Hunky Hubby came to the rescue by inserting a mixer beater into his electric drill. For years our three boys, took turns hiding a large plastic rat…in the dryer, in the pantry, wherever they thought it was most likely to scare me. If I left my phone unattended they would change their brother’s names on my contact list to things like ‘Ugly’ and ‘Creep’ and their own names to things like ‘Mom’s Favorite’ or ‘The Very Best Son’.

If this sounds like a season of Home Improvement, I thought so too. Hunky Hubby and the boys would prefer to eat meat off the grill and watch Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, while I wanted to see manners at the table and watch The Sound of Music.  I could have written several seasons without making anything up.

In fact, of all my writing regrets, I most regret not writing an episode of Home Improvement and submitting it before the show ended.

So what is your biggest writing regret? Do you have one? Have you ever felt like your life was a sitcom, or tv drama and wanted to write a script?

The boys today with Grandma


  • marianne h donley
    on May 10, 2017

    LOL. My daughter programmed my phone to ring “Ode to Joy” when she called and the “Looney Tunes” theme song when her brothers called.

  • taristhread
    on May 10, 2017

    That’s hysterical Marianne! Although, I’m hoping the boys don’t read this, they don’t need any new ideas! 🙂

    • mariannehdonley
      on May 10, 2017

      I’m hoping my boys don’t read this because they didn’t get why it made me laugh AND they were much older than their sister.

  • mlknowlden
    on May 10, 2017

    Loads of regrets, but I’ve moved on. Okay, I wished I’d sent those Star Trek eps to DSN and Next Generation. Can’t believe I finally said that in public. My life was more like Hidden Figures with less color. I could never watch The Big Bang Theory because it reminded me too much of the people I worked with, but never me.

    • taristhread
      on May 10, 2017

      I’m so sad that you can’t watch Big Bang Theory, it’s one of my favorite ways to relax. I’d love to talk to you sometime about your life before writing, I know you have to have fascinating stories to tell!

  • vickicrum
    on May 10, 2017

    I love this, Tari! Life with boys, huh? Never a dull moment! I had two girls, so it was a bit more sedate, but our soon-to-be four-year-old grandson is taking life to a new level for all of us–my husband included! I do have a little brother so I remember those days of crazy!

    • taristhread
      on May 10, 2017

      Lol Vicki, watch out for that grandson! In addition to the three boys and Hunky Hubby…or 4 boys, and did I mention even our dog was a boy? I have 2 brothers, and HH has 2 brothers, no girls on either side. But as crazy as they’ve made life, they’ve also made it amazing. I can’t imagine my life without them <3 (But I'm so glad that I'll have a daughter-in-law soon, Girl Power!)

  • Geralyn Corcillo
    on May 17, 2017

    My life is more like an episode of The Crocodile Hunter with all the non-stop insanity of animal rescues. That one episode when Steve and Teri had all the orphaned joey’s lined up in their kitchen in little sleeping bags seems especially familiar … And I just know you and your daughter-in-law combined will be mightier than than the four million men in your life 🙂

    • taristhread
      on May 17, 2017

      Crocodile Hunter! Okay, I like the little joey’s lined up in sleeping bags, but some of the other episodes are to scary! Thank you, I hope you’re right. My daughter-in-law and I need to be pretty mighty, I think we need some more girls, maybe a granddaughter! She’d have those big guys wrapped around her little finger in no time!

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