Thursday, November 8, 2007

Who Is Doing All That Yellin'? Oh ... It's Me

There once was a girl named Kellan
That sure did a whole lot of yellin'
She'd puff up her chest
And take a deep breath
And sometimes curse like a felon

There ya go. That's the words that will be inscribed on my grave stone.

I am a yeller. My sister is a yeller. My mother was a yeller. She will, of course, deny this ... but I have my brother and sister to back me up. She was a yeller.

I guess this is a trait passed down from generation to generation.

I am not so much yellin' at the little ones ... so much. But I sure do a lot of yellin' at the big ones. I don't like to admit that I am a yeller, but I am.

And ... I truly believe that most of the yellin' has come from living in a two story house. It has! I yell up the stairs - no one answers. I yell again, louder - no one answers. I yell even louder - no one answers. I SCREAM - someone answers.

I have gone up and down these stairs in my house for a whole lot of years - carrying babies, carrying laundry baskets, carrying toys, carrying cats, carrying dogs, carrying everything that goes upstairs - up. And everything that goes down stairs - down. I was tired of going up these stairs ... along time ago. If I can stand at the bottom of those stairs and YELL - I will. It doesn't work, but I still do it. I could actually run up those stairs fifteen times and back down again ... before anyone ever actually answers me. I don't know why I do it. I am just tired of going up those stairs.

And I do a whole lot of yellin' out the front door. "Will you get in here before I come out there and get you? You don't want me to come out there and get you do you? I'm gonna count to three and if you're not in here ..." God forbid I should just walk out there and get them - No ... I stand at the door and YELL!

And I also yell a lot when I stumble upon a surprise MESS, "H.O.L.Y. C.R.A.P. WHO MADE THIS BIG OL' MESS?!?! Somebody better get up here right now and clean up this BIG OL' MESS! I DON'T HEAR ANYBODY COMING UP HERE ..."

Yep ... and I also yell occasionally about homework not completed in a timely manner, a poor grade or bad behavior at school and anytime one of my children refuses to do something I have asked them to do and they are taking their sweet time doing it.

There once was a girl named Kellan
Who sure did a whole lot of yellin'
When she went to her grave
All her kids then behaved
Cuz that's when she was finally ... gellin'

On the upside ... On all my kids' grave stones it will say: "DITTO THAT RHYME ON MY MOTHER'S CRAVE STONE". Cuz, I'm sure ... I'll pass it on down.

(Have you seen that Dr. Shoal's commercial: "Are you gellin'?" - you try to come up with a word that rhymes with Kellan other than watermelon).

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58 comments:

Matchbox Mom said...

haha!! This made me laugh, thanks! I do the same thing! I just yell all the time, I need to work on that!

Tami

Sue said...

"You don't want me to come out there and get you do you?" Hey - have you been bugging my house? Because I say that CONSTANTLY. I can so relate.

Family Adventure said...

The stairs, those stairs up to the second floor, or down to the basement. They are the bane of my existence. I *know* the boys can hear me perfectly well the first time, when I call to them in a civilized manner, because I tested it with my husband upstairs pretending to do whatever the heck it is the boys do when they are supposed to do their homework! (Yes, we lead sad lives). So now I know that my children are simply *ignoring* me when they don't answer. And oddly enough, this doesn't make me any happier!

Heidi

EC said...

LOL - That was funny - and so me too! I'm a screamer... always have been, always will be :-) And I like it that way, lol.

frog ponds rock... said...

Hehehehe Are you my American Twin?
cheers Kim.

Karen said...

I'm a yeller, too. But I attribute it to selective hearing. For Pete's sake, they're all sitting on the couch and they can't hear me. We're not even talking separate floors!

The one thing that I would do differently if we had to build again is to install an intercom system. That would be one handy feature. Or maybe I should just invest in a bullhorn.

justabeachkat said...

Soooo funny! I was a yeller too...oh yes ma'am I was!...when my kids were little and we lived with stairs. I think it's pretty normal. (I hope!) Now that the kids are all out of the house, I don't yell. Never really thought about it until now though. Amazing. Fun post.

Hugs!
Kat

Brittany said...

I grew up with a yeller, myself. I am not a yeller, however, for that reason- because I always just laughed at my yeller, I never really got anything out of it. So, I decided I wouldn't be a yeller, because I didn't want my kids laughing at me.
Ok, I yell sometimes... just because it makes me feel better... you know?

Valarie said...

I am a yeller. I don't yell so much at my kids though. I yell more at things like the darn blasted toys I trip all over while trying to walk through the maze of crap that used to be my family room or the leg of my bed that I seem to stub my toe on EVERYTIME I walk past it or the lady who can barely see over the steering wheel driving 10 miles an hour. IT'S THE PEDAL ON THE RIGHT!!!!

Bia said...

stairs + kids = yelling . . . it's a fact of life!

Jen said...

Yes, using watermelon, might have changed the direction of the rhyme a bit. Funny, I wouldn't have pictured you as a yeller.

Amanda said...

LOL! I'm a yeller sometimes. But mostly, when I get mad, I'm full of horrible sarcasm. Maybe there will be more yelling in the future as my son gets older....

Kathryn said...

I think every parent is guilty of yellin'. I blame it on the kids. ;) They have this "I can tune mom and dad out anytime I want" thing that necessitates a yell now and again.
Love the poem.
And gellin' is definitely better than felon.

Jamie said...

Like Kathryn, I blame raising my voice on the kiddos too.

patti_cake said...

You are a hilarious poet! I love it!
I hate yelling but I find myself doing it once in awhile.

Be Inspired Always said...

I'm a yeller too. Only for good reasons though, like this morning for instance. When I was so rudely cut off on my way to dropping off my kids at school.

I... hate ... that!


I opened my window and started screaming at the moron, and while I was doing that... he rear-ended someone.



OPPPS!




Jillian

LunaNik said...

I'm right there with you on this one! I'm a yeller too...

Mango Marie said...

GREAT POST!! I'M A YELLER TOO, SOMETIMES!

Momish said...

I'm Italian. I don't think I have to say anything more than that for you to know just how loud I get.

The Stevens Family said...

Those rhymes are too funny! I too am a yeller unfortunately and my babies are just that, babies! OOPS. I always feel bad after when my oldest says, "Mommy you scared me." Then I say, "If you'd listen when I was speaking calmly, I wouldn't have had to yell!"

Aliki2006 said...

I'm not a yeller, but I am a fusser. I fuss a lot at my kids, and I'm sure they are already learning techniques to tune me out!

Kami said...

Hmmm, comment didn't work the first time.

I am a yeller too, my mom was before me and her mom had 15 kids, I'll go out on a limb and guess that she had her some lungs!

:-)

Julie Pippert said...

WERE YOU ON THE PLAYGROUND WITH ME YESTERDAY???!?!?!

LOL

Yes, that's yelling. I get excited and I raise my voice. In fact, it's hard for me NOT to raise my voice.

I parent with my words, which are sometimes loud and boy do I wince when people say they hate that and it's abusive to kids.

The difference is, take the playground yesterday, I said, "Kids, up the stairs down the slide period!"

Two more times, a little more forcefully.

Then, I got up...and that's all it took.

Great post!
Julie
Using My Words

Andrea said...

Oh, that was H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S, girl!

I can sort of relate. Especially to being tired of going up and down stairs. Our next house is going to be a BUNGALOW!!!

Sheri said...

LOL Another member of the yellin club here!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Nice to meet you too, Kellan. I can't help but giggle at your cute poem. I used to be a very angry yeller at my kids. I have grown out of that for the most part (thank heaven) but I still do the stair yelling. I can only go up and down that set of stairs so many times without going crazy.

Queen of My Domain said...

Oh you like to rhyme... I love doing that. Let's see Kellan...smellin', hellan (think Tx drawl for hellion),mellon,tellin', sellin', vellon (more TX drawl for villain, and of course willin' (if you have something in your will that is) which would go great with the headstone and death theme your going with here. :)

Sorry I couldn't resist a rhyme time. But in regards to yelling, I'm not really a yeller. I was raised in a very quiet house. My husband and his family are big yellers so unfortunetly my kids have learned some of it from him. Why can't they pick up the good habits?

Karen MEG said...

I'm a yeller big time. Inherited, when I get mad it comes from the depths of I don't know where, bellowing out. Seems that my girlie got it from her mom too. Lucky boys in the house!

Brooke said...

Can everyone one of my comments start with "You are hilarious?" Will it lose its value after the 5ooth million times I will say it??? LOL

I LOVEEEEE your poem and we are TOTAL gellin' commercial fans. My husband will rewind it, pause it, and tell me to come watch. Our favorite is the one where they have the fender bender...hahahaha!
(Our second favorite commercial series is the Sonic ones....)

You know from reading my blog I am a total yellin' mama!!!! I actually hate that about myself because my mom did it to us and I HATED it!!! Oh, and the book I've been reading about being a scream free parent....yes I think I'm gonna sell it on Ebay. He says that we shouldn't tell them to clean their room because it's their space. Right.

Was this the longest commment ever or what???

ValleyGirl said...

Hey, nice to meet you! Looks like you and me were thinking along the same lines today. Except for you used GREAT limericks!!

Mimi said...

Bwahahahaahahhahaha! So funny.

I'm a yeller too.

carrie said...

You are hilarious!

And believe me, you are not alone in the "yellin'" club. I am right there with you.

Holly said...

I hate our stairs too. And, I didn't grow up in a yelling family, but I do it way too often. I'm working on it though!

Sharon said...

Thanks for stopping by it was nice to meet you. I amazes me how many women are really out here in blogdom.
My Mom was a yeller.
And I was a yeller. And I know what you mean about the stairs--hate um.
We had thirteen--this house has none. \o/

Mac and Cheese said...

I think you might be related to one of my neighbours. If I spend enough time in my front yard, eventually someone will come out yelling about the car, the mess, dinner, etc. Quite entertaining.

Melanie said...

What a hilarious post! Loved it!!

My Wonderful Men... said...

You are funny!
My mom was a yeller, so I work very, very hard at keeping an inside voice when I talk to my son.

Nap Warden said...

Cute! It's strange, my Mom is a yeller. She passed it to my sister, but I didn't get it...

Steph said...

Like most everyone else that has posted, I also am a yeller. My husband hates it, as he is not, but I just can't help it...it's ingraned in my DNA. Some days my throat hurts from yelling. Most days I keep it in check though at least a little. :)

Steph said...

I yell up and down the stairs too. But, for some reason if I ask one of my kids to go tell Daddy something and *they* yell, I tell them to actually go and tell him and not yell. Hey, I deserve a double-standard. It's a Mommy Perk :)

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'll be back to visit yours again.

joan said...

That is a classic Mom thing. My sisters and I are loud talkers and that is really bad. I really like your ryhme. :-)

Nicki said...

I can relate. I am also a yeller. Hate to admit it too, but facts are facts.

Leah said...

Nice to know I'm not alone. Except I don't have stairs. I have a long one-story house. And I have children with selective hearing. VERY selective hearing.

forgetfulone said...

Hi Kellan. Nice to "meet" you, too. Love your limerick! I'm a yeller, too. Hey, isn't that like the commercial "wouldn't ya like to be a pepper, too"~~~~~~~

Bren said...

Kellan, that is hilarious! I love the rhymes. As much as I try not to be, we're yellers too.

Sniz said...

I could blame my yellin on the stairs, but honestly, I yell just because I'm so freakin frustrated with the kids. The older they get, the worse it is because I know they are more capable. So when they DON'T do something, I know they can and I get frustrated. And I yell. I don't like it and I don't even have my parents to blame because they NEVER yelled. I think it's because I'm such a passionate person! (At least that's my story, and I'm stickin to it!)

Bastet said...

Oh, heller I am a yeller! LOL! Nice to meet you!
;)

Pam said...

First - thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment...I love to see who is out there and meeting new people. Thanks!

Second- holy cow - 47 comments! I find it a good day if I get 6 comments. Wow you are good at this blogging thing!

Third- don't sweat the yelling! I yell too...it is often hard not to...gut reaction, can't control it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Janet said...

Yeah, hi, fellow yeller here. I go through stages where I don't so much, but when I do, I do. It's who I am.

WorksForMom said...

"Cuz that's when she was finally ... gellin'"

Wow, this was hilarious and you should be a poet Kellan!

sheri said...

Loved it!!!
I'm a yeller and I hate it. My most common yells are "stop whining!" and "just knock it off already!"
Ugh. I need to stop.

R Family of 4 said...

This was too funny. I am a yeller too. My kids say, "oh oh mommy has her loud voice".

I heard a quote that describes my life, I cant remember where I heard it

"I start out as Mary Poppins and end up like Cruella Deville"

JCK said...

You did good, girl. As long as you can still rhyme after tellin' about the yellin' you're doing great!

We have a one story house. Yelling works just fine here, too.

Christine said...

dude--i'm a yeller too.

Nadine said...

Hahaha! That was HILARIOUS! I am not a yeller. YET.

Em said...

Like this post because it gives me a insight into why my husbands family yell!

Kristin said...

Kellen, remember back when you just wanted someone to comment on your blog? well you are the most popular girl on the internet! your last two posts are great!

Joanna said...

Move over on the screaming bench and add me to the list!! When my Mom yelled dogs howled and garage doors flew open as she was on her own frequency!! Might explain some of the hearing loss, hmm.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to *see* more of ya.

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