Stop, Stop, Stop! Go, Go, Go!


When Hubby was teaching young Gunny to drive, during one of their first lessons Gunny was at the wheel when they approached an intersection where they had a stop sign but the street they were crossing didn’t.

When Gunny didn’t start putting the break on, Hubby started saying, “Stop, Stop, Stop!”  But the new driver didn’t get stopped and was coasting into the middle of the intersection … and there was a car coming on the cross street!  So while Gunny was still trying to follow Hubby’s first instruction, Hubby then began yelling, “Go, Go, Go!”  Luckily, Gunny was able to stop trying to stop and start putting on the gas so that they were able to make it through the intersection without being hit.  While Gunny did learn to drive and drive well, the story still gets a laugh when it comes up occasionally at family gatherings.

But I was reminded of it last week when I was playing golf.  After I putted from way across the green toward the hole, I was worried that I hadn’t hit the ball hard enough and started saying, “Go, Go, Go!”  But then as it skirted the hole and started rolling down the sloping far side of the green, I changed my plea to “Stop, Stop, Stop!”.

Gunny may have wished that Hubby would make up his mind … and the ball may have wished the same of me.


8 Responses to Stop, Stop, Stop! Go, Go, Go!

  1. Linda says:

    Teaching their children to drive may be one of the hardest things a parent has to do. But it might be slightly easier than controlling a golf ball with voice commands. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Well said, Linda, although I like to think my golf ball DOES listen to me. If you’re right, that explains alot. 🙂

  3. C. Beth says:

    I remember when I used to play golf on the Wii I’d lean in one direction trying to “direct” the ball after hitting it. I don’t think it worked.

  4. Hilary says:

    Who knew that Gunny and your golf ball had so much in common?

  5. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Not really that much of a surprise — they both have a strong will to do things their own way! 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Beth — I do the same thing with real golf all the time — it doesn’t work there either! 🙂

  7. Suldog says:

    I’ve never had to teach anyone how to drive, and I thank God for that! As for golf, lovely game. I was one of the all-time worst, though, and haven’t played it in over 30 years. I have a much easier time playing fast-pitch softball and hitting a moving target. Odd, that.

  8. Sandra says:

    Suldog — I hadn’t thought of it before, but I guess golf is just a little harder version of the way they teach kids to play baseball — with the ball on a tee so they can hit it! But the nice difference about golf is that after you hit you don’t have to run as hard as you can to touch the green before one of the other team chases you down, trying to touch you with their club!

    I may have to suggest that version to my golf league sometime — that could make it really interesting! 🙂

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