Saturday, January 22, 2011

I like cranky people

When I was living at home, my mom used to say that when she thought of me as an old woman, I was sitting on a rocking chair on my porch calling all of the neighborhood kids rotten hooligans. You see, I am a bit of a crankpot. Yes, I know, I'm a nice person, but being nice can wear on a person, and then my limited patience for ignorance turns me into Lucy Van Peldt (my favorite cartoon character).

My grandfather was the king of cranky. And I loved it. When everyone else was frustrated with his attitude I was there delighting in it. Loving the grumpiness. Is that crazy? I found it endearing.

William has a bit of a cranky streak. Do not push him when he is tired. His face turns as red as his hair and he turns into quite the grumpy butt. And I pick him up and kiss him and hug him and tell him that most people don't like grumpybuns, but mommy has her own grumpybuns moments. And mommy will love him always no matter what.

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We have a cat named Foxy. She is the grumpiest and most particular cat in the entire world. Touch her wrong and she lets out this cackly meow, one that sort of makes me think of my grandfather in his grumpiest moments. Like most cats, however, I think she knows my inner being and knows that I am a kindred soul, even if my Ego suppresses my desire to be the crankiest person in the universe. She loves me more than most. We are fellow crankpots.

I know that most people cannot relate to what I am talking about. But I suspect that each one of us has a character flaw that they secretly love. Maybe it's because they want to live vicariously through these people, or maybe it's because they can relate. So how about you? Be brave and let us know all about yours!

9 comments:

Ruth said...

love this honest post... i am a crank pot myself very many times...:)

Lisa said...

Oh we'd get along well....I have a nice cranky streak as well! I love that you were the one that found this so endearing in your grandfather. But I hope you have a happy, not cranky, day today!

Shawna said...

I "like" cranky people too because I know that there is usually a reason for the bad mood. I consider it my mission to bless that person and perhaps offer some counseling and healing through friendship.

Lupie said...

I don't think of myself as cranky but if I'm having a bad day I just try to stay away from those Ilove and give them a break.

Char said...

oh yes, especially when i'm tired i can be a big ol' crank....i try not to subject myself on others.

love and life ♥ said...

I'm cranky lots too lol but at least we admit it! Love this post & THANK YOU so much for your kind words on my blog. They're really encouraging & meaningful. Love your blog btw! xx

Laurie said...

I like to think of myself as a pretty benign, cheery person, however, my husband likes to say, "You have very limited tolerance for idiots." LOL! So maybe I'm a little edgier than I seem...

Krystal said...

ha! this is funny, I can't think of one, although I do get horrible road rage. And I can be really cranky in the mornings.
and PS Thank you for your nice comment on my photo blog :)

the cape on the corner said...

not only am i a crankpot, but i am jealous. a jealous crankpot does not a nice thing make.

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