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Freddy Woo writes, "as a child we used to have a 'whoever cuts doesn't choose the slice' rule with cake. It worked brilliantly, but it's left me completely anal about dividing up food - my wife just takes the piss as I ritually compare all the slice sizes."

What codes and rituals does your family have?

(, Thu 20 Nov 2008, 18:05)
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For reasons which escape me now, my mother has a maternal need when in public to humilate me in front of others.

Naturally over the 21 years of my being this has slowly eroded all traces of self confidence, but in recent years I realised this isn't typical motherly ridicule. Oh no, dearest Mumsie will make eye contact with people passing by, point at me and randomly exclaim such classics as 'well it's not much fault you've put so much weight on'(I'm a foot taller than her, weigh a stone less and am suprisingly under the recommended BMI bollocks)

Every time I'd ask why she does it, I'd get the guilt trip of 'why, are you ashamed of your own mother?' and so on until I feel even worse about myself.

So business continued as normal until a hospital visit the other day to see some family. We're patrolling the echoing result of a cash-starved NHS avoiding the Mrs.A when mother notices a sullen looking old fella shuffling towards her in the opposite direction. Concluding that he needs cheering up in the best way she knows (at my expense), she decides to look him in the face, laugh and proclaim:

'Foxy, you really need to go on a diet, don't you? Doesn't he love?'

Aforementioned old fella, cool as a cucumber and without so much as a blink of hesitation lets out with:

'Leave him alone you chubby tart; he should be ashamed of you'

I was. And she did. The bigest shit eating grin exposed his few remaining teeth as he walked on by proudly.

Well done to you, good sir.

Apologies for lack of funny. My parents were mean to me.
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 13:27, 7 replies)
Have a click...
...bold toothy stranger.
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 13:32, closed)
Have another...
...gotta go pee now. That made me laugh so hard!
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 13:34, closed)
Some people
are actually jealous of their own children, hard as it is to comprehend.

A funny but also appalling tale, young Badger.
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 13:40, closed)
You should have posted this earlier
it's quite funny
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 13:47, closed)
good story
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 14:04, closed)
S'funny, my mother used to do that to me too
until she tried it in front of someone she didn't know was a friend of mine and got a bollocking.

Have a click of solidarity!
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 16:14, closed)
We must unite breathren!
Power to the people!

Although my missus is betting this definately isn't 'best' material. Damn her.
(, Thu 27 Nov 2008, 16:45, closed)

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