One of our family’s all-time favorite movies is Toy Story 2. The end of the movie features “out takes” showing the characters’ bloopers. My favorite out take is the one where Mrs. Potato Head is helping Mr. Potato head pack for his big adventure to go rescue Woody. She very helpfully says, “I’ve packed your angry eyes and an extra pair of shoes.” She then proceeds to continue loading items, reciting each: “cheese puffs, a golf ball, a key . . .” All the while, Mr. Potato Head silently endures while Mrs. Potato Head shoves the ever-growing pile of items into his storage compartment. She says, “. . . and the monkey chow. . . ”
Finally, Mr. Potato Head speaks. “Why monkey chow?” he asks.
“Well, for the monkeys, of course!” She replies, as a barrel of monkeys chatters towards Mr. Potato Head.
Mr. Potato Head has had enough. “That’s it!” he bellows. “I draw the line at monkeys!”
This has become a catch-phrase at our house. Whenever one of us has had enough and needs to express that we’ve reached our limit, we say, “I draw the line at monkeys!” It helps break the tension, yet clearly announce that the line of our personal boundaries has been crossed.
Yesterday, in Big Girl Pants, I blogged about situations in which you just have to suck it up and deal with it. “No monkeys!” is the companion to that notion. There are times when you feel you must speak up— to draw the line in the sand and say, “I choose not to tolerate this situation.”
What tasks or situations will make you say “I draw the line at monkeys!” (Well, OK, you probably aren’t prone to randomly shouting that exact phrase, but you get the point.)
Where’s your line in the sand?