Put That Thing Away

Little Tommy had a knack for picking up things around the house that he wasn’t supposed to touch. I could hear his mother through the thin walls of our apartment building saying, “Put that thing away,” frequently during the day. I grew curious about all the forbidden things inside their apartment that tempted Tommy to touch. I tried peeking in the window when they were away. I saw . . .

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Put That Thing Away”

  1. “Put that thing away ’cause I’m not in the mood,” she blurted out, walking into the studio and throwing herself on the leather sofa.
    “Guess someone got up on the wrong side of bed,” he said.
    “Don’t start with me, Yves. I didn’t get to see the bed last night, remember?”
    “Oh, yeah. You said you wanted to do an all nighter. It was your idea I continue painting your portrait since you wanted me to finish it already,” he said stepping from behind the easel and putting his paint brush down…

  2. “Put that thing away , right now !!”
    “But why ? It is so interesting . ”
    “No, it is not ! It is sick !!”
    “How can you say that ? It is enlightening and educative ”
    “They are just crappy videos made by someone with sparse brains and plenty of time on hand .”

  3. She was so excited. She’d finally been accepted in the Church marching band as a flute player. Why so excited? Simply because she couldn’t read music well. She had just a sprinkling of knowledge. However, the powers that be had devised a numbering system to make it easy for grammar school age kids to play. When she brought her flute home she was completely enraptured. The first tune she learned to play was the “Colonel Bogey March.” If you’ve heard it, you know how catchy it is. It was featured in two old movies; “The Parent Trap” and “The March On The River Kwai.” She learned to play it somewhere around 1952 – long before the movies were made. The Royal Flyers Corps (Russia, 1914], forerunner of the RAF) would play that every time they marched. She played it over and over and over again. Finally, her mother would scream, “Put that thing away!” Later in life when her two sons learned to play piano and drums, she completely understood how her mother had felt.

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