A Modern Day Fable

A modern day fable of manners and class!

A Whimsical Nana


Way up high on the seventeenth floor lived a selfish young princess dressed in Dior.

“My nail is chipped and my hair is a mess.”Where is that maid, I need to get dressed!”

“Bring me my dog, now take him to pee.  Run me a bath and bring me my tea!”

She clamored and bellowed, bullied and such that her maid up and quit, she’d had just too much.

Now alone and frightened on the seventeenth floor, there came a knock on the Princess’s door.

Not sure what to do without hired help, the knocking kept knocking, her little dog yelped.

Knocking and yelping the neighbors could hear, so they called the cops and one was quite near.

“I think she’s in danger, I think she is dead”  “I really don’t care” one neighbor said.

So the cop took the stairs to the seventeenth floor, stopping in front of…

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The Three Little Pigs and the Big Box Store!

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Box Store

Once upon a time in the land of Ding-a-ma-doo, lived three little pigs in an oversized shoe.

Now this shoe once housed children and a mother distraught, who had whipped those poor children until she was caught.

Once the house was foreclosed and the mom locked away, the pigs bought the house the very next day.

The floors were uneven, tarnished and worn, the windows were broken, and the draperies were torn.

The toilet was clogged with toys and kid poo, the tub with a film of sticky blue goo.

The heater didn’t heat the freezer didn’t freeze, the dust mites ran rampant  while the pigs coughed and sneezed.

“Oh my what a mess, what shall we do?”  said the littlest pig who wasn’t quite two.

“Oh hush and be still while I ponder this mess!” said the one little pig who pondered the best.

Now the third pig was listening and puffed out his chest, taking his Gold card from out of his vest.

“No need to worry,  I can get all the stuff to make our shoes shine with floors you don’t buff!”

So off those pigs went to the GET IT NOW STORE, whose motto is “buy it, you always need more.”

Each pig took a cart and off they did trot, filling their cart with every whatnot.

Duct tape and pipes, wood and some screws, gallons of paint in various hues.

Flooring and tiles, a hand-woven rug and even a bathtub with a platinum  plug.

When their  carts were full, off they did head to cashier 6 who was dressed all in red.

“Did you find what you need. Are you sure you don’t need more?”  asked the pig dressed in red who was totally  bored.

“Yes, Yes, Yes!” all three pigs replied.  Their joy was apparent, their thrill they couldn’t hide.

“Will it be cash or credit? I see you’ve purchased the best.”  “Gold credit” said the pig, the one in the vest.

So the cashier he tallied and punched in the keys. With the ticker tape growing up to his knees.

With a stroke of a key, the cash register stopped and the number before them flashed with a pop.

“Two zillion and twenty, sixty four is what’s due, paper or plastic? It’s all up to you.”

Those pigs were elated as they left the box store with all that they needed and so very much more.

They hammered and papered, painted and sawed, fixing the things that once were quite flawed

On the day they were finished, the day they moved in, all of their troubles would now just begin.

They held a big party and invited the town, served a big brunch, entertained with a clown.

People toured the pigs’ shoe and exclaimed with delight, “You said you could fix it and you did the job right.”

“It’s shiny and glossy, not vulgar or crass.  You’ve made it a showplace. You’re pigs with such class.

Those pigs how the shimmied and puffed out their chests.  Proudly proclaiming that they now owned the best.

Now the very next day at quarter past five, the very same time the mail would arrive,

The three little pigs were having their tea and enjoying their home in denial you see,

For the mail contained bills from the GET IT NOW STORE and the very next day the mail would hold more.

Gold credit you see is easy to get, you spend it and spend it and then you must fret,

“How do we pay? Oh, how we regret!”

Those three little pigs were suddenly poor and the bank took their shoe and showed them the door.

Now the moral is this, take heed if you dare, manage your money, handle with care.

Things are just things and stuff is just stuff,  until you’re content there is never enough.

Take what you need, give when you can  the lessons the same for pig and for man.

What Actions make a Bully?

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In the previous blog.  We asked, “What does a Bully look like?”  Now it is time to determine what are some of the actions that make you a bully…grab an adult and let’s get started!                               Pushing, shoving, pinching, hitting and biting are just some of the physical actions of a bully.  Remember we said that bullies hurt others and make them feel bad.  Ask yourself, “Do I like to be hit, pinched, pushed and shoved?”  We all know the answer to that question is a big…NO!

Let’s look at some examples of what bullying looks like on the playground.

  1. Pushing someone off from any of the playground equipment is being a bully.
  2. Cutting in front of someone waiting to use the the slides, swings, monkey bars and even the drinking fountain is being a bully
  3. Name calling, teasing, taking somebody’s toys and personal items without asking is being a bully. You are also acting like a bully when you don’t give someone back their stuff even if they gave you permission to use it.  An example of this would be when a friend lets you play with their sand toys; you need to return them when you are asked to give them back because they weren’t yours to begin with.

The Sock Monkeys from sock monkey nation have a saying and it goes like this “Be the friend that you would like to have!”  Let’s all say that together…. “Be the friend that you would like to have!”  Who wants a friend that is mean, calls you names, pushes you around, takes your things and makes you feel sad?  Do you want a friend like that?  I bet the answer is another BIG “NO!”

Remember: To make a friend, you have to be a friend first and the play ground is the perfect place to have fun with friends!  Please visit us @http://www.sockmonkeynation.com

What Does a Bully look like?



What does a bully look like?


What does a bully look like? Take a look in the mirror because a bully can look just like you or look just like me.  Bullies don’t always look like the scary person you see on the television or in a movie.  Bullies come in all sizes, can be any age or color.  Both girls and boys can be bullies.  The one thing that all bullies have in common is that they are mean and hurtful to others and that is not a good thing. At sock monkey nation we are all about kindness and doing kind things for those around us.  Kind people don’t bully others or try to make them feel bad.  They try to be a friend.  If you have ever seen a sock monkey you know that it is a stuffed toy that is soft.  There are no sharp edges or parts that can hurt you.  Sock monkeys have a smile on their face as if to say, “Hello, how are you? Have a nice day!” That is why sock monkeys don’t bully and neither should you. Just like in the movie Toy Story, sock monkeys have their own world where they seem to come to life and their world is all about being kind to others.  The best thing about kindness is that it works like magical seeds.  You sprinkle a little kindness throughout the day and…BOOM, smiles start to appear, sad people become happy people and it is all because of the kindness you have shown them.  Now bullies have the opposite effect.  Bullies suck the joy and happiness out of a person and replace it with fear and hurt feelings.  Where kindness spreads joy, bullies spread hate and hate is a terrible weed that can grow.  When we do mean and hurtful things we become like weeds in a garden that choke out a pretty flower that is trying to bloom.  Now that we know a bully can look like anyone, we need to see just what actions make a person a bully.