If You Don’t Put That Book Down…


If you don’t put that book down, I don’t know what…

This has to be one of the funniest and saddest lines I have ever heard a mother tell her child. Of course it wasn’t from anyone I knew. It was from this mom on NBC’s “My Name is Earl” who wanted her daughter to be a beauty queen. According to the mom, she didn’t want her child filling her head with “useless” knowledge. The mom thought the daughter was wasting her time reading. The girl, however, had other plans. She wanted to be a doctor.

This was so funny to me because it was on t.v. and I couldn’t imagine anyone expressing that sentiment. Had this been in real life, I would have been horrified that a mother would feel such disgust that her child or any child for that matter was a reading dynamo, who preferred to use her brain instead of her looks.

I am so happy that I don’t have that problem. Phillise loves to read and write. I am so proud of her. Go ahead, baby. Don’t put that book down. Pick it up and read it.

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