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The rule of “good morning!”

on February 26, 2015

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Ming is so funny. If I forget to say ‘good morning’ he gets absolutely furious! For example:

7am: Ming gets up, gets his breakfast and turns the television on.

7.15am: I get up, put the kettle on and turn my computer on, remember I need to ask Ming to help me figure out an email glitch. I go into the living room where Ming is munching his cornflakes.

Me: Do you reckon you could help me figure out this email thingy?

Ming’s face contorts with fury.

Me: I mean not now but when you’ve finished breakfast. Plus the shower is still blocked – we need to get a plumber and….

Ming: WHY DO YOU DO THIS, MUM?

Me: Do what?

Ming: BEGIN THE DAY WITH STRESS!!!

Me: I’m not….

Ming: AND JOBS!!!

Me: Sorry but….

Ming: WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘GOOD MORNING’?

Me: Oh, I see. Good morning, Ming!

Ming: IT’S TOO LATE FOR THAT NOW, MUM, IT HAS TO BE THE FIRST THING WE SAY!!!

Me: You’re absolutely right, Ming, I just forgot.

Ming: NOW WE HAVE TO START THE DAY ALL OVER AGAIN!!!

Me: Okay, I’ll just go out and come back in again.

Ming: GOOD!!!

I go out and come back in.

Me: GOOD MORNING, MING!

Ming: GOOD MORNING, MUM!

Me: Okay, so when you’re finished eating could you help me to….

Ming: ARGHHHHHHHH!!!


64 responses to “The rule of “good morning!”

  1. Judy says:

    It’s too bad his dad isn’t around to intervene on your behalf. It sounds like there’s a lot of “mourning” going on.
    My children were always experts at diverting any request by me for them to help with something. This does sound stressful! Recently my youngest son said to me, “Mom, I’ll do what you’ve asked but next time could you ask me nicely?”
    I loved that I taught him to think that way. I told him he was right and I most certainly would. πŸ™‚

  2. You make me think of Tommy. πŸ™‚

  3. Does Ming say ‘Good Night’ too? Diane

  4. It’s good to start the day with “Good morning.” I used to have to tell the kids I taught in grade one, when you come into the classroom, you say “Good morning.” You don’t just walk past in silence and go hang up your coat in the closet. Sad, but some kids are never taught to say “Good morning.”

  5. ingridrick says:

    Love it … you and Ants have taught him well …

  6. Yvonne says:

    OMG!! They should have a hidden camera in Chez Goyder. πŸ™‚

  7. Rhonda says:

    Can’t wait for tales of the grandkids! (Oh, I know…not for years and years….I just think it’ll be verrrrry interesting when the Ming-man is a Ming-pop.) xoxo

  8. Tiny says:

    I laughed so hard! I could see this play out in front of my eyes…so vividly. I react pretty much the same way to any stress in the morning.

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    He is right you know. I tend to do that at night when we are going to sleep. Not a good thing to make a to do list that late either. πŸ™‚

  10. haha love it Julie! ❀
    Diana xo

  11. susanpoozan says:

    You and Ming made me laugh.

  12. I like this! Ming is right – we should start the day by greeting each other pleasantly rather than launching straight into comments/requests/problems, and it is something I don’t always remember myself. πŸ™‚

  13. He makes me laugh. And I appreciate that you restarted the morning for him, which made me laugh. And then the stress of the day got to restart too! πŸ˜‰ Poor Ming!!!! πŸ˜€

  14. viveka says:

    Good Morning …
    Julie, the 3 first minutes of every meeting … is the most important ones .. and if they go wrong the whole meeting go wrong. So Ming was right – Good Morning first .. and then the work issue wouldn’t be such a big issue.
    I learned that on a course for customer service about 25 years ago .. and it’s really so.
    Love the post, but I’m on Ming’s side here. Great image … still a very handsome young man. *smile

  15. This would be a perfect pitch for a sit com. So cute, and funny. Have a good day ya’ll. πŸ™‚

  16. dogdaz says:

    Haha. Good morning to both of you.

  17. My Heartsong says:

    good Morning…and a transitional pause before starting in with the “to do ” list.I am dog-sitting now and as soon as my breathing changes in the morning , the dogs are at the bedside WHINING for me to get up and feed them. Then my face gets licked, I am not always amused.

  18. Terry says:

    I can sort of relate. When my son would come to my house the first words out of my mouth were could he help me. He would always say, mom, I just got here, you didn’t even say hello. Is this the only reason you wanted me over? I learned real quick to save my request until a little bit later in the visit. I also understand your side. It is something that is important to you and one of the first things on your mind when you woke up. Love and hugs

  19. tootlepedal says:

    Good morning Ming, do you think that you could learn to offer to hep before being asked? If you did you would find that your mother would never nag you again.

  20. You will get your revenge when he becomes a parent. πŸ˜‰ LOL

  21. you must have more respect for ming’s angst! lol…. nice try with the whole re-entry thingy:) xoxo

  22. Vicki says:

    Ehrr…..did Ming say Good Morning to you, Julie, (or is it up to you to be first to say it)?

    I never got good morning from my parents ever, I might add.

  23. bulldog says:

    Funny but that was something I insisted on in our houee…. good morning and good night were never missed….

  24. Lisa Rest says:

    I have seen a similar parent-child routine repeated in office environments for years. (!) Whatever the balance of power in human environments, I say good morning to my birds and they respond the best they can. πŸ™‚

  25. I have so many days that I would like to start all over again!……..LOL

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