My Daughter is a Liar – And Other Things You Should Know

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From Anna: in case you missed the big news, my mom is taking over the blog this week. This is the first of three posts that I’m forcing her to write (you can read more about that here.) Enjoy!

It must be said…

Anna lies.

Well – she doesn’t make things up really – she just has her own twist to the truth. As in she stretches it.

A Lot!

I mean, most of what she has written about her childhood (me) has a foundation of truth to it, but I don’t believe that anything happened exactly the way she remembers.

For example: she always tries to portray it as though I favored her brother over her. Even now she acts as though he is my favorite.

That’s not true. I love both of my children equally – just like all mothers do.

Nick Whitney PHD

But if you were just able to meet Nick and listen to him speak to a group (have you seen his TED Talk?) – you would agree that he is a very handsome, smart scientist…

not to mention a terrific husband and father…

Nick Whitney Family Man

and a star basketball player…

Nick playing basketball in high school

and you should have seen him on the tennis court in high school…

Unfortunately all of his tennis pictures are framed in a special tennis gallery wall I have hanging in our hallway. But – trust me – he was amazing.

and do you that when he was just 3 years old he could recite the entire ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas? I mean – I knew back then that he was destined for great things.

Cutie Nick

Anna always complained that I never disciplined him and that he got away with everything.

Again, not true.

It’s just that he was so darn funny and when he would prank her, his ideas were so good that I just had to laugh. Like the time he scared her by hiding in the deep freeze in the basement

or when she ran behind the sheets hanging on the clothesline, and he shot at her with a BB gun over and over and over again.

Did it happen? Yes. But it was an old gun, and didn’t shoot very hard – and SHE WAS FINE!

And while her brother was the star athlete and scholar in our house, Anna still managed to talk me into being her high school tennis team’s assistant coach – even though I am the least athletic person you’ll ever meet, and I didn’t (and still don’t) know how to keep score or the exact rules…

Does that sound like a mom who played favorites?

And – yes – when Anna told me she wanted to compete in our town’s beauty pageant, it’s possible that I told her that she didn’t have any talent. But once she decided to go for it anyway, I was totally there and super supportive when she won third runner-up (which is actually 4th place – just so you know.)

And – yes – I’ve spent the last five days getting the house ready for my son’s visit this week. It’s possible that I’ve made all of his favorite cookies and have purchased all of his favorite foods.

Okay – and I also bought a heated mattress pad for his bed because it’s cold here, and I’d hate for him to not be warm enough.

But I also took the time (when I could have been baking another batch of cookies for Nick) writing this blog post. SO – there’s that!

All this talk of my sweet kids growing up makes me miss these babies…

Nick and Anna

Doesn’t Nick look so sweet there?

Oh dear – now I’m getting all nostalgic.

Guess I’ll quit writing and call my son – that always cheers me up.

PS – you can follow my son on Facebook here.


  1. thedoseofreality

    March 3, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Best week on Anna’s blog ever! Here in the blogging world, we call what Anna does “blog-truthiness”. It is totally legit! P.S. Your son is quite adorable and quite clearly brilliant! 😉

  2. Judy Grieve

    March 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Oh my! This is my story with my SIX kids!How many times have I heard that “if WE had done that we woulda been punished!”( referring to the youngest of the 6). So I decided that whenever she did something punishment worthy ,I would punish one of the older ones in her stead!…did not have the desired effects! Love you Anna’s mom! Please don’t stop after this week….

  3. Lisa R. Petty

    March 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

    This is awesome. I wish I came from a normal family so that I could have sibling rivalry. 🙂
    I’m glad I just have one, my son. So, he is my favorite, except for when my cat is my favorite. You know, we all have days like that.

  4. Janine Huldie

    March 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Totally missed your mom posting up here and seriously agree with the Dose Girls when I say, “Best Week Ever!” now, because of this!! And definitely needed a good smile this cold, snowy Monday morning. So thank you 🙂

  5. Michelle

    March 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

    LOL!! So glad that you’re here to set the record straight!

  6. Anna

    March 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I love that he has enough other accomplishments that you didn’t even mention he has a PhD. I had to see that on his Facebook page. Shouldn’t you refer to him in this post as “my son, the doctor?” Or maybe that’s just how my family is….

  7. Anna's Mom

    March 3, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hey Anna – Get over it!!

  8. Anna's Mom

    March 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Oops!! So sorry!! I thought this was MY Anna – still moaning and groaning!! I would never have said that to anyone but her. And actually – I appreciate your points – wish I would have thought of that…:)

  9. jhanis

    March 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Nyhahahahahahaha! Grinning from ear to ear reading this! Yep, I can totally see you’re not playing favorites! 😀

  10. Frugalistablog

    March 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Anna’s mom- have you thought of getting a blog of your own? You could call it, “My favorite son” or “Which child is my favorite?”
    Thanks for entertaining us, can’t wait to see what more you have in store!

  11. Amy - Funny Is Family

    March 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

    My brother’s the favorite, too. I don’t know why it matters that he’s kinder, more thoughtful, more talented, better looking, and an all around better person than I am. NOT THAT IT’S THE SAME SITUATION HERE. You clearly don’t have favorites, just like my mother says she doesn’t.

  12. Denise G.

    March 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

    LOL! Okay. I never believed your mom played favorites….until now! Love this!

  13. Amy Locke

    March 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Your brother may be visiting my school next week but you will always be my favorite, Anna. Your brother has never had a contest and I have never won something off him. I am an only girl also I understand how mom’s are with their sons. Linda, I think we need a little Nurtured Heart intervention with you. 🙂

  14. holley

    March 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    This is the funniest thing I have ever read!

  15. Katy Morgan (Katy in a Corner)

    March 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    “But it was an old gun, and didn’t shoot very hard – and SHE WAS FINE!” Best quote of the day. Love it. It explains so much about why Anna turned down my request to play hide and seek at BlogHer last year.

  16. Beth Foyder

    March 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    My dear Linda, great job. And people wonder where Anna got her funniness from.

  17. Susan Psychas

    March 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    This is hilarious!! My kids do it too! They both say I love the other one more! You r too funny! And Anna cracks me up too!

  18. Michelle

    March 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Love it! You and your mom are awesome! I didn’t realize you had a brother! JK 😉

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  20. Lindsay

    March 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    This post is hilarious!

  21. Kat

    March 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Watch out Anna, you may not be wanted back lol

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