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Mad, but not mad enough to forego a French braid

January 17th, 2010 · 45 comments

Claire and her mom found this relic of childhood while going through a filing cabinet over Christmas. “Neither of us know what prompted it,” Claire says, “though apparently I was mad enough about something to write her this note, but not mad enough to go to bed without her telling me goodnight. Boy, was I one passive-aggressive 11-year-old!”

Dear Mom, I want to inform you that I am not feeling like I want to talk to you so please just say goodnite then remember I will be up early so you can do my hair. Sincerly, Claire

related: I’ll have you know

FILED UNDER: Christmas · Houston · kids · Moms & Dads · Mother-daughter notes

45 responses so far ↓

  • #1   TippingCows

    You won’t talk to her but you want her to do your hair? Harumph!
    I’d do your hair all right – Brett Michaels in the mid-80′s style!

    Jan 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #2   duhawknelle

    i think i wrote one or two of those when i was a kid.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Canthz_B bang

      I think if I’d have written even one of those as a kid there would have been a beautiful service. ;-)

      Jan 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Flaboy2425

      I didn’t dare write any because snoopy mother would have found them and I would have eaten off the mantle for days for being disrespectful. I surely did have a lot of equivalent thoughts though.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 8:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      I actually wrote my mother an invoice for doing chores. Detailed. She kept it and is proud to show it to people…

      Jan 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #3   JetJackson

    With all the formality of a letter from the UN and the outcome will probably be the same… they will both end up doing what they are told.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    Claire may have been angry with her mom, but she knew it was important that her mom do well in Beauty School.
    Besides, the kids at school will forget about that days Beehive when they see what mom does to her hair in the morning.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #5   Kristi

    I’m sorry but that is just too cute. I can imagine this little girl thinking she is super grown up and letting her mother know that she is upset. I love it!

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm   rating: 54  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   G.Pat bang

      Heehee! Exactly!
      She could have written, ‘I’m not angry, just disappointed.”

      Jan 18, 2010 at 5:26 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #6   Hmmm

    Bitch Please!… do my hair.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #7   Adam

    Aww. Sugar and spice.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    I can see Claire writing this…the Claire from “Heroes”.
    Children are so difficult to raise. When they reach a certain age, they just stop listening.
    It’s almost as if they think they’re indestructible.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #9   RandyinReno

    My daughter would have found her hair in such a tight French braid the next morning that her ears would be touching in back.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   MAMARILLA2 bang

      She would have been asked which part of China she was from?

      Jan 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #10   RM

    She was 11? Normally by that time kids figure out how to write in the lines and to turn the paper so that the holes are on the left.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Mel K

      You’re too harsh! It looks like she used recycled paper. There are faint markings from the other side on the bottom right.

      You’d think by 11, she’d have figured out that mom is crap at hair styling and learn to do it herself!

      Jan 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Emma

      Yes, slam a 11 yr/old girl. You’re so badass!

      Jan 18, 2010 at 5:08 am   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   Yoiw

      I’m pretty sure the above comment gets one put on all sorts or watch lists…

      Jan 18, 2010 at 10:34 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Goldfish

      So… when you have smoothed out the paper, put the holes to the left hand side and write one side …what happens when you turn it over?

      She got the margin on the right (correct) side. You just wanted to heckle an 11 year old!

      Jan 19, 2010 at 3:58 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #11   WestCoast

    I really like this note, actually… I think it shows love there, believe it or not. She’s mad at her mom, but instead of being a royal bitch to her face, and instead of going up to her room and writing notes to all of her friends about how mean her mom is, she writes her a note saying she’s upset, but then tells her good night. That to me shows that even though she feels mad, she still loves her mom…

    I think it’s great–I’d want to go hug my kid after that.

    But then again, I’ve had teenage foster sons who refuse to show emotion ever, so maybe why that’s why this made me smile.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm   rating: 64  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Palomon bang

      I can dig it, WC. It’s kind of a round about way of saying, but the message is “I’m not ready to talk about it right now, but we’ll still be civil and work it out later.”

      Team Claire at 11.

      Also, Team Claire of Today for having a self-effacing sense of humor.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 12:20 am   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Neeners

      I like it too I just can’t help it. I wish I had a relationship where I could express myself and didn’t have to worry if my mom was going to go BALLISTIC or bipolar on my ass.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 10:41 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #12   Nia B

    I love it… I used to do the little fancy H-looking marks under my name, too! It went around my elementary school… we all thought it was just a really elegant way to sign off a letter.

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   park rose bang

      Oh, I thought it was just meant to indicate that she was pulling a bit of an irrational number.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 4:21 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   infant tyrone bang

      If the squiggle is not the plausible ‘pi’ but rather an exotically disguised ‘epsilon’ (one having fallen carefully forward before and aft of and also into a dish of pastitsio sufficiently deep to hide its widdle middle tine), then Claire’s uncharacteristic-for-her-age emotional equanimity may signify her (and maybe Mom) as a young adept of an esoteric school, leading us to believe that the hair-raising adventure in the morning will be but the outer-shell game for the deeper event…transcendental mEdiation

      * hover cursor over ‘E’

      and bec-oz some like ska more than reggae…This Is

      Jan 18, 2010 at 11:29 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #13   dixiechick

    OMG, I turned bright red when I read this. I had totally forgotten the POEM, rhymed and lyrical and impassioned and everything, that I wrote (musta been around this age) about how hurt and angry I was that my mother wouldn’t let me have two friends sleep over that Friday night.

    She found it, and I remember her laughing hysterically. But she came into my room later and very gravely told me how proud she was of me for channeling my emotions into writing.

    In retrospect, I am certain she left my room, stuffed a sock in her mouth, and laughed hysterically some more! Oh dear, oh dear….

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   dixiechick

      This is just too cute for words, it really is.

      Jan 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Palomon bang

      Team Dixiechick’s Mom!

      Jan 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   buttons

      When I was about nine I marched into the kitchen and threatened suicide via a table knife aimed at my heart because “there’s no point in living if you won’t let me have a TV in my room!”

      Eventually my mother stopped peeing herself laughing and asked me if I would set the table, since I had the cutlery in my hands, anyway.

      Jan 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #14   Ali

    I’m split between this being extremely bratty and being quite cute. But, since it’s not my kid, I’ll go with cute. And hilarious.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 12:16 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Gavin

    lol this one’s really cute, I don’t think this is aggressive at all, this is just saying I want you to know that I’m annoyed at you but I still need you to be my mum ;)

    Jan 18, 2010 at 3:30 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #16   Emma

    Ok, that’s just too adorable. I can see why her mom saved it!

    Jan 18, 2010 at 5:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   Joe 2

    I can see why Mom saved it too.
    “I’m angry at you, but I still need you.”

    Little Claire doesn’t need a Croyden facelift, though.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 8:27 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #18   oi bang

    Once I asked my mom if she found me in dumpster, because she would not let me go play in the evening. My mom looked at me with surprise and without any reply she went to my dad and told him: “look, your daughter thinks we found her in dumpster” with a totally unemotional, monotone voice. I thought I was in for some great truth about my life. but to my utter horror they both laughed hysterically over and over and over. I was sent to bed early. I really believed that my mom was being cruel to me because I was not her child but after that I thought my dad too was included in the conspiracy. ;) ah! good times!

    Jan 18, 2010 at 8:28 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #19   Woman on the Verge bang

    The note I wrote my mom:

    You are the worst mom ever.

    It’s all about the “love”.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:42 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #20   Michelle

    This is so cute! I love kids, they get mad and just don’t know what to do! Good job for writing it down! Hahaha.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Neeners

      Oh they know what to do, and it usually involves guilt, screaming, or throwing things. I once took a Tonka truck to the head and not one of the new fangled plastic ones either, but the old ones made of metal.

      And then there was the time I got kicked in the shins with some Kmart thick plastic soled cowboy boots, and then the time he back headbutted me and made my nose bleed while I was holding him, …..

      Ah kids, what little rascals! I would’ve preferred a note like this one instead of the scarring!

      Jan 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Geek Goddess

      Of course, not all my scars result from my relationship with my children…

      Jan 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #21   Geek Goddess

    Someone please tell me that at least some of the sugar and sweetness and light and cuteness on this thread is meant ironically.


    Or I may have to go kick a kitten.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   park rose bang

      adam’s cunning plan has finally reached maturation.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #22   Mark M

    I really must post the one my 8 year old wrote about us punishing the wrong person; it was a quality note throughout, even down to the angry/sad face he drew!

    Jan 20, 2010 at 8:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   Anon. (d. 1872)

    Are you sure this wasn’t written by my sister? It has the same handwriting and everything

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #24   Lori

    Amazon still carries a book called: “Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager, Revised and Updated (Paperback)”

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

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