HUMOROUS STORY OF THE WEEK:
TOMATOES AND TEENAGERS
by Micki Peluso
Teenagers sure can give us a run for our money. No one knows that better than Micki Peluso, who has raised six children, five of them teenagers at the same time. In this humorous story, she reminds us that raising children is a lot like growing tomatoes. Good food, fresh air and sunshine, enough liquids, and what do you get? With tomatoes, a crop envied by neighbors. With children you get teenagers, stretching their wings toward adulthood.
As babies, Micki reports that her children rarely gave her any trouble. They were lovable, didn’t get around much and except for their early morning wake-up hours, did not require a great deal of time or effort. Surviving toddlers was relatively easy as long as she remembered that she was bigger than they were.
But Micki reports that the moment her first child passed her thirteenth birthday, the quality of her life took a nose dive. As her sisters and brothers followed close behind into turbulent adolescence, Micki fought a downhill battle as bedlam overtook their home.
But just like tomatoes, those teenagers finally did ripen. Micki gives us words of hope that finally those teenagers do mature. And if all goes well, they will one day grow up and have teenagers of their own.
Watch the Tomatoes and Teenagers video trailer beginning at frame 5:55.
Other Humorous Stories by Micki Peluso
Micki also won awards for three other Tales2Inspire humorous stories.
Relatives and Fish
In her story Relatives and Fish, Micki discovers that Ben Franklin was so right. Both relatives and fish really do start to smell after three days! With great wit, Micki tells what happened the week her daughter and two little grandsons come for a visit. In reflection, those two little boys look a lot cuter in the photos that sit on her living room coffee table. Learn more.
86 the Coleslaw
In 86 the Coleslaw, we soon learn that Micki is not talking about the number of coleslaw portions ordered at her husband’s restaurant. She takes charge of her husband’s restaurant, The Chicken Coup, for one day while he is out of town. He promised that the place practically runs itself. But from the first moment she takes charge, she sees that this is a myth. Learn more.
The Mean Machine
In The Mean Machine, Micki gives us some laugh-out-loud moments about her daunting experiences with household appliances. It seems her kitchen appliances seem particularly out to get her. She’s given up on the blender altogether. Although she was always careful to secure its lid, it continued to spit in her face and all over the counter. As for her dishwasher, do you hear the noise of broken china swishing around with the detergent? Learn more.
Tomatoes and Teenagers, The Mean Machine, Relatives and Fish, and 86 the Coleslaw are now published in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Crystal Collection (Stories that Tickle the Funny Bone).