Stuck On You

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Stuck On You

“It won’t come off!” Matty shakes his leg, increasingly annoyed at the bur stuck there.

“I know how that feels,” I say, laughing. “You used to cling to me that way.”

“I did NOT!”

“You always wanted to be carried, even when you were too big. I think you just wanted to sneak in those extra hugs.”

He’s too big for hugs now. Wouldn’t dream of embracing his mother in public.

“Well, how did you get me off?” He’s tugging at the seedpod again.

“I waited. And you grew up.”

“I’m not waiting until this thing turns into a tree!”



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41 responses to “Stuck On You

  1. Ha, waiting is not an option here! It’s a shame when they grow out of those hugs.

  2. Dear Jen,

    Ah, this made me think of my sons. So clingy when they were little. They outgrew it all too soon. I love Matthew’s thought processes. Well done.



  3. Haha! Touching, and hilarious. Well done.

  4. CGraith

    A great little story! Really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I totally get it! I had four “burrs” and had to put the first one down when the second came along, and so on. Clever take, Elmo 🙂

  6. We want relief until we have it, then we want hugs and clingy again. 🙂

  7. Funny story, good dialogue.

  8. A very apt description of the infant cling-on. 🙂

  9. He’ll have to find another way to get rid of it.

  10. enjoy while you can. they grow up faster than you think. 🙂

  11. Humorous and cute. Title and theme great together.

  12. love this! sweet in the middle with a ‘non-sappy’ end line (bad pun)
    my oldest turns 30 today, so this was right on time

  13. Ha! It seems our big boy still needs his mummy.

  14. I just love kids’ logic! They have a way of simplifying things we grown-ups make complicated. And we’re never ever too big for hugs 🙂 Lovely story!

  15. michael1148humphris

    My dog collects so many burrs, but he still general refuses hugs

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