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Certainly Not Sugar And Spice And All That’s Nice #FridayReflections

I’m not sure if you remember the nursery rhyme that went like this: What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And all that’s nice; That’s what little girls are made of.

Well, it certainly didn’t describe the little girl I once was! I certainly was not sugar and spice and all that’s nice!

Certainly Not Sugar And Spice And All That’s Nice

I guess you’ve already read my Cinderella story. If you haven’t, let me share it here. I was all of three when a visitor to our home brought a box of chocolates for us. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the chocolates and begged my Mum for one. Since it was close to lunch time, Mum told me I could have one later. I began to fidget with the box. To make sure I didn’t help myself to a chocolate, she took the box and put it on top of the refrigerator – out of my reach.

I always had a smart mouth, and even at that age was completely absorbed by books and stories. So I turned to my mother and questioning her ‘cruel’ behaviour of making me wait for  the treat asked her: ” Are you my stepmother?”

Yes, I did always have a smart mouth and it got me in trouble more than once at home. I was almost three when this picture was taken. See that bonnet there? I guess I was too small to protest. But four years later, when my Dad suggested I wear a hat to church, I vehemently said, “No.” Then he said, “Wear it, it looks so sweet.” And I went, “Then you wear it!”
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At school I was quite the opposite – always a good little girl. In college, I would come up with jokes and ideas for pranks that other people would broadcast or act upon!

I have used my quick mouth to avoid some creeps. Like the guy who came up to me in the Bank where I worked and asked me out for lunch. Since he was a customer, I couldn’t be rude. So I said, “Come with me to the Manager, and we’ll take his permission.” That got him out of the Bank pretty soon!

I’m lucky that my husband appreciates my gift of repartee, because I can be downright cheeky at times.

In more recent times, I taken to saying almost exactly what I feel and shocking the hell of out some people.  Or I’ll fob off excessively curious people by telling them the truth, but in a way that really tells them nothing!

I’m responding to one of today’s prompts: Were you shy as a child? Bossy? Obnoxious? Describe several of your childhood character traits. How did those qualities show themselves? Are you still that way today? 

Would love to read your response to this.

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Prompts for 13 July 2018 are:

  1. Were you shy as a child? Bossy? Obnoxious? Describe several of your childhood character traits. How did those qualities show themselves? Are you still that way today? (via
  2. It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. – –André Gide, Autumn Leaves
  3. Picture prompt – via Corinne Rodrigues


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  1. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur July 18, 2018

    H aha! I so loved reading that Corinne. I am sure when I meet you, I would love to talk to you. I can talk a lot but I am shy to reply back with those cheeky remarks. There is where my introversion shows up. While I am more open now, I had my shyness. 🙂
    So good to know more about you!

  2. Pratikshya Mishra Pratikshya Mishra July 18, 2018

    Haha! and i adore that picture. 1968. My mother was born a year later.

    I was very shy as a child and I have grown quieter over the years. I was timid, obedient, and unquestioning. I sought approval from the elders. But now I have changed in many ways. Quietly confident, sure of myself most of the times, and seeking advice not approval from others. 🙂

  3. Anagha Yatin Anagha Yatin July 16, 2018

    I had a hearty laugh when I read your response to the customer at the Bank! Corinne, you definitely are blessed to have this sharp sense of humour that hits the bull’s eye and doesnt hurt the receiver.
    Loved that cute 3 year old Corinne as well.
    I was a Tom Boy in my early days and remain much the same even today. I was always curious and it has costed me dearly at times. My experiments at the backyard had many astonishing results and was rewarded with equal measures of punishments most of the times!

  4. Ramya Abhinand Ramya Abhinand July 16, 2018

    A sweet picture and interesting to read about those yeas of your gone by. So let me get to what i was like. Confusing indeed, cause i was an extremely shy person till I was 25 years of age. Yes, in school, college and infact even at my place of work. But then I got married, and my husband a complete extrovert, his personality slowly began to rub onto me and slowly over the years i have changed. Sometimes into a brash person 🙂

  5. Ashwini Ashwini July 16, 2018

    I wish I had your wit! I’m the last person to come up with a smart response in any situation (and i’d Come up with 100 excellent responses hours after the incident!) I used to be a very reserved person before school and after I started school, I became this vivacious, happy and talkative person and I think i’m Still the same 🙂

  6. Suzy Suzy July 15, 2018

    Such a sweet picture. Being cheeky was not an option in my house. I think a lot of us were opposites at home from school. I know I was. Nice to read about your childhood.

  7. Vinitha Vinitha July 14, 2018

    Oh, I love that three-year-old in the photo. Smart mouths were a strict no-no at my house, though I didn’t run my mouth so much back then when I was a toddler, as I grew up I learned to question things and got into trouble, still continuing the streak. 🙂 Being cheeky is not all that bad, is it? I love your cheekiness, Corinne. 🙂

  8. Ness Ness July 14, 2018

    Sounds like you were awesome then and even more awesome now. Love the cheekiness and honesty. And you were cute, but that hat wasn’t!

  9. BellyBytes BellyBytes July 13, 2018

    You may have been sassy but that beats boring doesn’t it ? I would have loved to know baby C.

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