Why I’m never taking my kids to the Grand Canyon

This is the scene of the crime.

evil chair

My daughter and I were sitting in front of the bookshelf looking through her Kindergarten memory book laughing. I was sitting on the evil game chair that rocks.

Happily laughing at book

My son came in the room while eating his yogurt because he heard us laughing and wanted to know what we were doing.

Son eating yogurt

We got tickled looking at pictures, and I forgot that the chair had no back. That is when I leaned back laughing and fell into this precarious position.

Falling off chair

I was there for what seemed like 5 minutes, but was probably more like a minute. I laughed harder because I was stuck with my hand in the basket and no one was helping me up. My stomach muscles were aching, and I couldn’t speak. I felt the hand in the basket slowly sliding further away from me. Finally I managed a weak “Help”.

Unconcerned son eats yogurt

Unfazed by my predicament, my son continued to stand there and eat his yogurt while laughing. He simply mentioned matter-of-factly that I should just roll out of it.

“Wow! Don’t everyone save me at once.”

Finally my daughter, the eventual hero of the story, turned around and pulled me back up.

I asked my son what he would do if I was hanging off the edge of the cliff?

And this is why I’m not taking them to the Grand Canyon:

grand canyon fall


  1. Ha! So cute! I like the cartoons. I would like to try adding cartoons to my site but my drawing stiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinks.

    Surely your son would at least give you some water while you were hanging there? πŸ™‚

    BTW, I loved how you said your grandmother, I think it was, said “flairs” for “flowers”. That just makes me laugh out loud.
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    • I’m sure it would come as a complete surprise that I only had one art class in high school. My friend asked which of my kids did the museum quality drawings and I had to admit it was me. ha ha

  2. I was having a not-so-good day at work and this post made me laugh! Loved the cartoons too!

    • My kids laughed so hard when I showed them because it reminded us all of how hard we laughed over it when it happened. I told my son I’m dedicating it to him. I’m sure he was honored.

  3. That reminds me of that Monopoly game long ago sitting on your bed – where you leaned back against the wall and I decided to do the same, forgetting that I didn’t have a wall behind me and flipped off the bed. Perhaps this was payback for you laughing at me back then. :>

  4. That was your chance to type “ROFL”. Thanks for not succumbing to that urge. The exquisite detail of your hand sliding away from you is a far better use of the column inch.
    Was it your drawing hand, by any chance?


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  5. You are so funny Melinda. I can imagine your teenage son doing that!!! They are the masters of understatement eh lol
    Glad to know I’m not the only who can’t draw. Both my parents and brother are brilliant at drawing and my niece is too.
    When she was about 3 yrs old she wanted me to draw for her and of course I could only do stick figures and she just laughed and laughed. It obviously didn’t look like whatever it was meant to. That was the end of my artistic endeavours.
    BTW you get a mention in my latest post πŸ™‚
    Patricia Perth Australia
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  6. My sister got all the artistic genes. I have a masters in stickfigureology but it is hard to tell.

    • I agree with Mitch. Your brain definitely wired. And you not only funny you a techie geek and you know I think you geeks are in the category of genius πŸ™‚
      BTW your traffic should go up this week as I noticed on my latest post where you get a well-deserved mention a lot of people are clicking on so I reckon there are a lot of people out there want cheering up! Rock on gal.
      Patricia Perth Australia
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      • Thanks Patricia!! You are awesome! I have an idea on a post about a plant..but that isn’t going to count as my new soon-to-be-found gardening skills I’m sure I picked up via osmosis by visiting your garden-inspiring blog.

  7. This was too cute Melinda. I had one of those chairs too until my son tried to use it as a sled in the backyard and it went into our pond. It is still floating out there. Great story.
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  8. Sooooo funny Melinda! Really, only ONE art class? That’s Picasso-worthy stuff right there!

    P.S. If it makes you moderate my comment yet again, I’m sorry! I swear it will be the last time I change my name (eh-hem–for a while). πŸ˜‰

    • I think I have all your alternate selves approved now. Are you on the run from the internet police and changing identities? ha ha

      I know it is hard to believe just one art class could produce such detailed drawing techniques. I could have done some shading but that would just be showing off.

  9. My daughter would have said,

    DUDE! You didn’t sidefall out of it! FAIL!

    Gotta love karate kids. πŸ™‚
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  10. The facial expression on the drawing as you were falling off the chair got me chuckling as I can imagine that would be pretty accurate! I have fallen off chairs and it’s horrible how people will take their sweet time to help you up. It’s like they’re trying to ingrain the image of you on your ass in an awkward position first! Great pictures! I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we should see more of those often. πŸ˜‰

  11. LOL Mitch!! I know you are..I mean there are internet police because I occasionally play a spy ..but only because I want that outfit Angelina wore in Mr & Mrs Smith and that closet of cool stuff and I was hoping a guy in a black suit would just show up at my house and redo my closet just like that. I put on a black sweater and some black pants, and duck taped a spatula to my sock under the pants leg for a hidden weapon..but that wasn’t quite the same and I didn’t look as cool so I’m thinking I’m just lacking the proper equipment to find out who is leaving the dog poop on the sidewalk and not bagging it because that’s the important sort of work I’m involved in. Ugg I just said that out loud so I’m never going to get promoted now.

    I am wired in the sense of drinking too much coffee AND I subscribe to Wired magazine, so I think that counts. Right?

  12. This made me giggle.

    My boys wouldn’t have helped me up, either. They think anyone on the ground is there to wrestle. I couldn’t take mine to the Grand Canyon, either.

  13. I liked Mr. Smith’s arsenal, though I’m more likely to shoot my foot off.
    Coffee totally counts. Mad Magazine would have been a better choice (Spy vs. Spy) but what the hey, literature is literature.


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  14. This is hilarious! I definitely agree that you should never take your kids to the grand canyon. Good job at the cartoony depictions of you and your family. πŸ™‚
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  15. I love the title – It wasn’t what I was expecting but it sure got my attention.

    I would say that this is one of what seems like MANY reasons not to travel to dangerous locations with teenage children:)

    Funny stuff!!!
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  16. This was funny, funny, funny. Love the cartoons, they take it to the next level. I am so glad to have found you!
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  17. now *that* was priceless, clever and hilarious! i’m with you, mama! no grand canyon for us, either! πŸ™‚

  18. Melinda, I am crying! Good crying, of course! This was hysterical and the drawings? So lifelike! I felt as thought I was there πŸ˜‰ The face on the “precarious position” picture is just fabulous!!!
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    • LOL I think it is my favorite post. It took so long to draw the photographic quality pictures..ha ha..that I haven’t had time to do another one. Plus they have been behaving and haven’t given me anything to work with yet.

  19. Melinda, you have to do a guest post for me! This is so very funny. People like me without children don’t know the ups and downs parents go through (mostly down for you this time). I’d stay away from the Grand Canyon too!

    Seriously though, I would love for you to guest post sometime next year —- please!
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  20. Can’t type;
    still laughing.
    Great post!
    Love the art!
    (breathe Allan breathe – INhale!)
    Good plan – stick to flat level land.
    Thanks for a great ending to my day!
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  21. That’s a cute story: love the illustrations!

    I’m curious about what other natural wonders the family’s been to. I actually did go to the Grand Canyon as a kid; it really is that majestic.
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    • Hi Ashok! I was just on your site the other day noticing you’ve been busy. It is so over my exhausted tired head I’m waiting for something I know about to comment. :P. I haven’t been to the Grand Caynon but flew over it which was good enough for me. I don’t like heights so I would be a mess.

  22. I’m glad I wasn’t eating when I read this. I would have spewed everything all over my monitor from laughing!

    You have a gift for humor and the drawings brought it all to life. I’m forwarding this to some friends. lol…
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  23. Ahahahah! This is true. I wouldn’t take him there. Maybe the girls, but not your son. At least you were able to make your kids laugh for a while. It’s hard to entertain my kids these days unless I do something that makes me look like a fool. Got any tips?

  24. Haha! Those cartoons are a riot : )
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  25. Sally Thompson says:

    Haha.. I laugh hard! This is really a very funny story..You have a very naughty son! Thanks for a good entertainment.. Keep it up..
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  26. This is funny drawing..Thanks for sharing great post..Keep up the good work..
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  27. Funny! lol For sure your voice will echo when you ask help as you go down! But that’s falling from grand canyon and not from a rocking chair!
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  28. All I can say is that I hope that my kids would NOT see the humor in that situation and lend me a hand or a rope πŸ™‚

  29. LOLOLOL! Just roll out of it Mommy! I can’t imagine being on the edge of grand canyon and my children saying: just roll out of it mommy! I’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t do that though. πŸ˜€
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  30. Ha ha Just roll out Mommy….Great share, I always love to read this kinda post.