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Blue moon demands

This entry was posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: spoiled, silly, random, olden days, mom, lists, food, drink, drawings, dad, celebrations, candy

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my parents were really mean when I was growing up. As in they were so mean that they denied us sugary cereals and junk food. And if we got soda, we had to share a can. (See, I told you they were mean.) When we got special treats, or when we asked for special treats, we were told those things are allowed “once in a blue moon”.

Over time, it all morphed into a big joke where my sisters and I will make demands on our parents for all the treats we were promised on a blue moon. They’ve yet to deliver the blue moon goods on a blue moon, but I won’t complain too much since they are good at sending me blue moon type goodies even without the blue moon.

And as there is a blue moon today, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least make my Blue Moon Demands. So if you’re listening, Mum and Dad, I would like:

You don’t need to post it to me, just remember this list for my next visit home!


So, we’re off the hook for Flintstones Vitamins!?  And I wouldn’t have guessed Cap’n Crunch Berries.  Maybe Lucky Charms or Sugar Corn Pops…

by Mom at 4:06pm (GMT) on July 31st, 2015

Are we sure there isn’t a comma missing from the original offer:  Once, in a blue moon.

by Grammar Phile at 5:32pm (GMT) on July 31st, 2015

Grammar Phile…Snicker!

by Mom at 6:08pm (GMT) on July 31st, 2015

Mum - you never promised us vitamins “once in a blue moon”. You denied those to us full-stop because you insisted we got all of our vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in the healthy food you fed us. (But Flintstone Vitamins tasted like candy, so that would have been preferred, as a child.)

Grammar Phile, no. Just as there wouldn’t be a comma in “once in a while”. However, if the sentence was “once, in a blue moon, there was girl who wanted junk food” there would be a comma. Easy peasy! :)

by Just Frances at 9:24am (GMT) on August 1st, 2015

You seem convinced about that comma.

But should I hyphenate leg-pulling (or should that be “leg pulling”)?

by Grammar Phile at 10:08am (GMT) on August 1st, 2015

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