Taming of a Shrew

sisters fightingTanya was cleaning her room. Lisa was staying out of her way because Tanya was angry.

“Lisa, you get in here, you little—”

Lisa sidled back into the room.

“What is THIS?!!” Tanya demanded, holding up a rumpled, soiled garment by the very tip of the corner, between her thumb and fingertip. She shook it out angrily. An ant fell to the floor in a shower of crumbs, and grabbing one as it went, it scurried out of sight.

“Um… it’s a shirt.”

“I KNOW it’s a shirt, nitwit. A dirty shirt. And do you know where dirty shirts go?”

Not waiting for an answer, Tanya picked up a bottle of shampoo from a pile of clothes nearby. The lid was loose, and thick, sticky liquid oozed and dripped down her hand to the library book lying open on the floor.

Lisa scrambled out of the way as Tanya threw the shampoo bottle at her.

“I am so sick and tired of cleaning up after you, you little slob! This is supposed to be OUR room, not yours. You are twelve years old, Lisa! What’s the matter with you? I feel sorry for the man you’re gonna marry some day! Your house will be fit for the pigs!!”

Lisa burst into tears. “I’m sorry, Tanya! Okay? I HATE being a slob! But do you have to be so mean about it? Every time this happens, you start throwing things and calling me nasty names. Do you think that makes me want to do anything to help? No—it makes me want to run away and leave it all to you, Miss Perfect. Maybe if you’d act human for a change, you could teach me a thing or two!”

And she turned on her heel and left the room.

Tanya stared after her in surprise. Then she sat down on her neatly made bed and thought about what her little sister had said. She wondered how two sisters could be raised by the same parents yet be so different. Too bad they were thrown together in the same bedroom and had to live with those drastic differences.

sisters huggingOr was it?

Maybe we can both learn from each other, thought Tanya. I wonder what would happen if I made a serious effort to work with Lisa? I could teach her a few tips and tricks, and maybe she could teach me a few things about relaxing and not being such a stickler for perfection.

It wouldn’t be easy, but it would be a start. Feeling much better and not such a tyrant, Tanya went in search of her sister.


© Willena Flewelling


  1. Wow. There certainly is a lesson here that can be learned by all. Sometimes we just need to stop, take a breath and really listen to what is being said and really think about what is being heard.
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  2. Hi Willena,

    I was waiting for more of the story to continue. lol

    Great lesson learned in your story. There are so many ways we can learn from each other and make life good for both.

    Thank you for sharing.
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  3. Hello Willena, This brought back some wonderful old memories for me, I have 5 sisters and we all shared one bedroom. Oh it was a big room yet we all had to share the space and like your story states we were all so different.

    These were some wonderful times that’s for sure.

    Thanks for the reminder,
    Chery :))
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    • Wow, Chery — 5 sisters in one bedroom?!! I shared a big room with my 3 brothers for a year or so, but we were all little. I was 11, and they were 9, 7 and 2. My sister is 12 years younger than I am. We shared a room for a while, but it wasn’t the same as if we were 2 years apart.
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  4. Your story reminds me of growing up with my brother, we shared a room when we were younger and he was always the one who messed up the room. I remember we had an imaginary line between our beds. Goodness that was so long ago. He still is the same way lol. Thanks for reminding me of long ago.
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    • Brothers can be so annoying, can’t they! I grew up with 3 younger brothers and a much younger sister. My brothers and I shared a room for a year or so. Now I wish I didn’t live so far away from them… Thank goodness for email and Facebook!
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  5. I feel like my bedtime story just came to an end

    That was such a powerful message… It takes 2 to communicate, and because Lisa actually communicated her feelings to Tanya at last, Tanya was able to understand how she felt and act upon the suggestion.

    There are always 2 sides to a story, and listening to the other point of view is the first step to coming up with a working solution.

    Great story to learn from

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  6. Hi Willena,

    What a great story and a lesson learned! Everyone is different and we have to work with each other. This story came at the best time, I was just discussing a cleaning issue with my daughter. I probably was a bit harsh on her. Thanks for sharing this story.

    Take care,
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    • Hi Lillian… sometimes we need to be a bit harsh with our kids, especially when it seems it’s the only way they’ll listen. Each of our kids is different in temperament and they way they respond to us. It took me a long time to get that one figured out. Things were a lot better when I did. 🙂
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  7. Very sweet. This sounds like two of my daughters. They could definitely learn to be a little kinder and more patient with each other.

    • Two of my daughters are less than two years apart. They’ve always shared a room, until about 5 years ago. They’re 28 and 26 now, and they rent a little house together in town, not far from their older sister. Despite the fighting when they were growing up, they are still best friends. 🙂
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  8. HI Willena

    Cute story to demonstrate your point. Thank you for sharing.
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