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Monday:

Reader's Digest Grand Prize Winner:

For the second week in a row, my son and I were the only ones who showed up for his soccer team’s practice. Frustrated, I told him, “Please tell your coach that we keep coming for practice but no one is ever here.”

My son rolled his eyes and said, “He’ll just tell me the same thing he did before.”

“Which was?”

“That practice is now on Wednesdays, not Tuesdays.”

Annette Olsen, Layton, Utah

Tuesday:

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Bloody Awful

When my five-year-old daughter came down with a virus, I took her to the doctor’s office. Holding her hands, I explained the sad facts: “The doctor is now going to draw some blood.”

Calmly and stoically, she responded, “Whose?”

Faye Hintz, Glendora, California

Wednesday:

Harvard, Here I Come!

“How was your first day of school?” I asked my kindergartner.

“Fine,” she said. “They want me to come back tomorrow.”

Shirley Sprague, Concord, California

Thursday:

Let’s Rat Out Grandma

During Thanksgiving dinner, my young niece Mackenzie started fiddling with my father’s wedding band. Dad said, “That never comes off. You know why? Because I love your nana.”

That’s when Mackenzie informed him, “Nana takes hers off.”

Elizabeth Veldboom, New Braunfels, Texas

Friday:

Listen to Reason

“Can you play with me?” my preschooler asked.

“Not now,” I said. “I have too much work to do around the house.”

Taking my hand, and with the wisdom of one who has lived many a lifetime, he said, “Mom, I have advice for you. When people tell me to do work, I don’t listen to them. Then I don’t have work to do. It works for me. You should try it.”

A. Caldwell, Farmington, New Mexico