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Building Castles December 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ Castle (in Public Domain)

A young family moved into a house next door to an empty lot.  Soon thereafter, a gang of building workers turned up to start building on the lot.

The young family’s 5-year-old daughter took an interest in the activity going on next door and started talking with the workers.

She hung around and the builders more or less adopted the girl as a sort of project mascot.

They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had tea and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.  They even gave the child her very own hard hat and gloves, which thrilled her.

At the end of the first week, the smiling builders presented her with a
pay envelope ~ containing two pounds in 10p coins.

The little girl took her pay home and her mother suggested they take the money to the bank to open a savings account.  At the bank, the cashier listened as the girl told her about her work on the building site and the fact she had a pay packet.

“You must have worked very hard to earn all this,” said the cashier.

“Yes, I worked every day with Steve and Wayne and Mike. We’re building a big house.  A castle!”

“My goodness,” said the cashier, “Will you be working on the castle again next week?”

The child thought for a moment, then said, “I think so . . . provided those wankers at Jewsons deliver the fucking bricks on time.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: e-mail from an unknown author (sent by Granny1947)


1. William D'Andrea - December 8, 2012

I remember when I was in elementary school, in the 1950’s, a friend of mine, who was in a different Class, told me about something that happened there. Every day the teacher handed out cookies to her students. One boy always told her, “I don’t wan’t the fxxxing cookie!”
When the teacher met the boy’s mother, at a parent teacher meeting, she told her about it.
The boy’s mother said, “Well if he doesn’t want the fxxxing cookie, don’t give him the fxxxing cookie!”
People do have to be careful what they say, not only in front of their own kids, but other people’s kids too.

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

That’s $@#% funny, William. 😆

bluebee - December 8, 2012


2. Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 8, 2012

This one made me chuckle. So many sayings whizzed through my mind, like “Little pitchers have big ears,” and so on. But the one that stuck was “You reap what you sow.” 😀

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Overall, I think the kindness of the workers outweighs the minor language slip ~ we’re all going to hear the F-word at some point. 😉

Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 9, 2012

Yup, I agree.

3. ryoko861 - December 8, 2012


nrhatch - December 8, 2012

That’s what I say. 😀

4. l0ve0utl0ud - December 8, 2012

A touching and funny story!

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Glad you enjoyed, LOL.

5. Jim Kaszynski "THE IDEA MAN' - December 8, 2012

Love it! The innocence and honesty of a child. Something we can all learn from! Thanks for making me smile!

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Kids are such FUN . . . and so FUNNY. 😀

6. Barbara Backer-Gray - December 8, 2012


nrhatch - December 8, 2012

I bet mom had a few choice words of her own for Steve, Wayne, and Mike. 😉

7. gitikapartington - December 8, 2012

I told mr p. he laughed like a drain…he uses jewsons .for some reason the story struck a chord…nice one squirrel.

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Thanks, Gitika. So glad that it gave Mr. P a LOL moment. They’re the best. 😀

8. Don - December 8, 2012

Wonderful story. I nearly collapsed with the last little bit. So funny. She obviously listened to their every word.

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

It’s such a sweet little story . . . until the last line arrives. 🙂

9. ericjbaker - December 8, 2012

Hahahaha! Nice curve ball!

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

There is something so refreshing about hearing the unfiltered thoughts of a child. 😀

10. Maggie - December 8, 2012

Good one!

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Here’s to laughing through the holidays . . . Ho Ho Ho! 😀

11. Tom (Aquatom1968) - December 8, 2012

Oh no! How funny!!! 😀

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

It’s an issue that most parents have to attend to at some point . . . after they stop choking on their laughter. 😀

12. Crowing Crone Joss - December 8, 2012

oh that was just priceless!

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Glad you enjoyed, Joss. Encounters with children often require proficiency with stifling giggles. 😉

Crowing Crone Joss - December 8, 2012

you betcha!

13. wisejourney - December 8, 2012

An LOL moment indeedi

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Out of the mouths of babes . . . 😀

14. Andra Watkins - December 8, 2012

Hee hee.

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Tickled my funny bone chakra too. 😀

15. Adam S - December 8, 2012

So classic! I love the word *wanker* too by the way. I gotta remember that one!

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

“Wanker” is such a FUN word. Well worth tossing out on occasion . . . especially while tossing back a pint in the nearest Pub.

Adam S - December 8, 2012

Yes! I agree!

16. Zen and Genki - December 8, 2012

That is mother*ck*ng funny 😉
Enjoyed this very much! Thank you 🙂

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Thanks, Anne. Glad it suited you. Loved your pay it forward photo. 😀

17. diannegray - December 8, 2012

Oh – I had a big belly laugh and nearly lost all the coffee from my mouth onto my screen! What a classic! 😀

nrhatch - December 8, 2012

Hee hee . . . glad that you hung on to the coffee . . . barelee. 😉

18. Ronnie@Hurtledto60 - December 9, 2012

Ah out of the mouths of children and babes! I love the innocence.

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

Yes! It’s wonderful when these little gems slip out.

One of my favorite shows growing up was Art Linkletter’s, “Kids Say The Darnedest Things” . . . they do! 😀

19. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 9, 2012

I didn’t see that coming.. 😆

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

Yes . . . it’s a love G-rated piece until the last line transforms it to PG-13. 😉

20. kateshrewsday - December 10, 2012

ROFL….I needed a good belly laugh today, Nancy. This is fabulous! Thanks!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Yay! Nothing like the unfiltered gems of wee ones.

21. jannatwrites - December 10, 2012

Ha! That last line…that’s the construction workers I’ve heard 🙂

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

And you can imagine a 5-year-old soaking it up like a sponge.

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