My tween daughter Susie Q (not her real name) has a hard time breaking away from whatever she is doing to come when she is called. Although her excuses vary, there was a time when, no matter what I asked of her, her reply was always this:

One sec.

You may imagine that grew a bit tiresome as seconds rolled into minutes and minutes rolled into…well, you know.

Which is what prompted the following exchange that took place in a somewhat public location:

Me: “Susie, come here NOW, please.”

Susie: “One sec!”

Me (loudly and emphatically): “NO MORE SECS!”


  1. b.

    June 25, 2008


  2. Jane @ What About Mom

    June 25, 2008


    I am just realizing how incredibly annoying it is when someone is, ahem, stuck in a book. Who thought it would be a good idea to teach the kids to read?

  3. Wendy

    June 25, 2008

    That’s hilarious! Oops!

  4. Mrs. Organic

    June 25, 2008


  5. Jennie

    June 26, 2008

    Did your husband hear that?

  6. Dalene

    June 26, 2008

    Excellent comment Jennie!

  7. Lisa

    June 26, 2008

    Ha Ha Ha!!!!

  8. Mommom

    June 26, 2008

    That’s Awesome!!

  9. elizabeth-w

    June 26, 2008

    Love it!

  10. Justine

    June 26, 2008


  11. Kristy

    June 28, 2008


  12. Zina

    June 29, 2008

    I’ve heard elsewhere of this exact exchange happening, and funnily enough I was just thinking, tonight, when my daughter said, “Just a minute,” and I shouted back, “No minutes!” that I was grateful she says minutes instead of sec.

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